#EndSars Protest: Unrest in Lagos after shooting

Buildings have been set aflame and there are reports of gunfire in Nigeria’s biggest city after demonstrators were shot at a protest, rights group Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed by soldiers and police in Lagos on Tuesday. Nigeria’s army dismissed the reports as “fake news” in a post on Twitter, authorities have imposed an indefinite round-the-clock curfew on the city and elsewhere, but some defied the order. Protests against a police unit have been taking place for two weeks. Demonstrators have been using the social media hashtag #EndSars to rally crowds against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad … Continue reading #EndSars Protest: Unrest in Lagos after shooting

#Endsars: Over 40 protesters shot dead in Lagos

A number of people taking part in a protest against police brutality have reportedly been shot dead or injured in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, a witness told reporters, he had counted about 20 bodies and at least 50 injured after soldiers opened fire. Amnesty International said it had obtained credible reports of deaths. The authorities have promised an investigation into the shooting, an indefinite 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Lagos and other regions. Protests over a now-disbanded police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), have been continuing for two weeks, reacting to the shootings in Lagos, former US secretary of … Continue reading #Endsars: Over 40 protesters shot dead in Lagos

#Endsars: Nigeria holds vigil for those killed by anti-robbery squad

Thousands of Nigerians gathered on Sunday evening for a vigil to remember those killed by a police unit accused of physical abuse and torture. Demonstrations against the alleged conduct of the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) began earlier this month and erupted after a video circulated online showed a man being beaten, apparently by police from the unit, on October 11, the government announced SARS was being disbanded and its officers would be redeployed to other units. The demonstrators on Sunday waved mobile phone flashlights, held banners and chanted during the event in Lagos. Since the demonstrations started, at least … Continue reading #Endsars: Nigeria holds vigil for those killed by anti-robbery squad

#EndSars: Nigerian army give warning, amid anti-police brutality protests

The Nigerian military has issued a warning to “subversive elements and trouble makers” to desist after a week of protests about police brutality, the warning came as protesters were attacked by unidentified men with machetes in the capital, Abuja, demonstrations against police brutality have taken place in cities across Nigeria in the past week. The protests have continued despite authorities agreeing to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars). This unit has been accused of extrajudicial killings, extortion and torture, especially of young people. The army spokesman Col Sagir Musa said in a Facebook post, that “The NA (Nigerian army) hereby warns all … Continue reading #EndSars: Nigerian army give warning, amid anti-police brutality protests

Fire breaks out on ‘Kilimanjaro’ Africa’s tallest mountain

Efforts are continuing in Tanzania to extinguish a fire that has broken out on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, members of the Tanzania National Parks Authority (Tanapa) and local people have been struggling to put out the blaze which began on Sunday. Their efforts have been hampered by the altitude as well as strong winds and dry weather which have caused the fire to spread fast, the cause of the fire is not clear but according to a Pascal Shelutete, an official from Tanapa, the blaze started at the Whona area, a rest centre for … Continue reading Fire breaks out on ‘Kilimanjaro’ Africa’s tallest mountain

Election Violence: Ghanaian MP shot dead after campaigns

A Ghanaian member of parliament was shot dead on Friday morning as he returned from a campaign trip. Ekow Quansah Hayford, of Mfantseman constituency, was attacked by six gunmen at around 01:00 local time, according to local media. An eyewitnesses is reported as saying the MP identified himself to the gunmen during the incident. They shot him twice – accusing him of being the cause of Ghanaians’ problems, according to the Joy Online website. Citi FM radio reports that the driver of the vehicle was also shot and is receiving treatment. Three other occupants were however unharmed. Ghana is set … Continue reading Election Violence: Ghanaian MP shot dead after campaigns

Gender Violence: Algeria women protest over the rape and murder of teenage girl ‘Chaiima’

Protests have been held in several cities in Algeria to demand action to stop violence against women following the rape and murder of a teenager, the charred body of Chaïma, 19, was found in a deserted petrol station in Thenia, 80 km (50 miles) east of the capital Algiers, this month. Her killer confessed to the crime and is under arrest, local media say. There are also reports that the charred body of another woman was found in a forest overnight, women held sit-in protests in Algiers and Oran, chanting Chaïma’s first name and calling for an end to gender-based … Continue reading Gender Violence: Algeria women protest over the rape and murder of teenage girl ‘Chaiima’

219 prisoners escape in Uganda, some with guns and ammunition

Ugandan forces have launched a manhunt to recapture more than 200 prisoners who escaped jail after stealing weapons and fled into a remote wilderness area in the country’s northeast. At least three people a soldier and two of the 219 escapees died in a gun battle and two inmates were rearrested, according to Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso, spokeswoman for the military. The jailbreak occurred on Wednesday afternoon near the army barracks in the district of Moroto in northeast Uganda. They overpowered the warden who was on duty, Byekwaso said. Before fleeing, they broke into the prison armoury and stole 15 AK-47 … Continue reading 219 prisoners escape in Uganda, some with guns and ammunition

Ethiopia’s Tigray region votes, defying Abiy’s federal government

People have begun voting in a local election in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, defying the federal government and increasing political tensions in Africa’s second-most populous country. Tigray officials holding polls on Wednesday for the 190-seat regional parliament have warned that any intervention by the federal government would amount to a “declaration of war”. They have objected to the postponement of the national and regional elections, originally scheduled for August, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the extension of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s time in office. Ethiopia’s upper house of parliament, which mediates constitutional disputes, ruled on Saturday that the polls for regional … Continue reading Ethiopia’s Tigray region votes, defying Abiy’s federal government

Chinese phones with built-in malware sold in Africa

Malware which signed users up to subscription services without their permission has been found on thousands of mobiles sold in Africa. Anti-fraud firm Upstream found the malicious code on 53,000 Tecno handsets, sold in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana and South Africa. Manufacturer Transsion told Buzzfeed it was installed in the supply chain without its knowledge. Upstream said it was taking advantage of the “most vulnerable”. “The fact that the malware arrives pre-installed on handsets that are bought in their millions by typically low-income households tells you everything you need to know about what the industry is currently up against,” said Geoffrey Cleaves, … Continue reading Chinese phones with built-in malware sold in Africa

Terrorism

Islamist Assault on Somali Hotel Kills at Least 15 MOGADISHU, Somalia — A militant attack on a beachside hotel in Somalia’s capital killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens of others on Sunday, according to police officers and a government spokesman. Emergency vehicles near the Elite Hotel in Lido Beach in Mogadishu, Somalia, which was attacked by militants on Sunday. The Islamic insurgent group Al Shabab, which is affiliated with Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the assault, which turned into a nearly five-hour siege and gun battle between the attackers and Somali security forces. The attack started in the afternoon with … Continue reading Terrorism