693 Nigerians Were Killed In One Month – Report
In August, no fewer than 693 Nigerians lost their lives in various attacks across the country, according to a report released by West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP).
Among the casualties were 183 persons who lost their lives during shoot-outs between security operatives and criminal gangs.
Violent clashes, cult clashes, demonstration, culpable homicide, extrajudicial killings, farmer/herders’ conflicts and sexual and gender-based violence accounted for 9, 15, 1, 8, 3, 96 and two deaths respectively.
The findings also showed that 66 incidents of abduction were recorded across 18 States while a total of 496 people, including 37 females and 22 children, were kidnapped.
Further breakdown showed that out of the total fatalities in the month under review, 674 persons including 23 females and 17 children were civilians while 19 persons were security operatives.
Plateau State tops the chart with 122 deaths, while Oyo, Enugu, Cross River recorded the least casualty of one death each.
Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Borno, Imo, Rivers, Ogun, Benue, Delta, Osun, Lagos, Ondo, Taraba recorded 121, 111, 64, 37, 27, 26, 24, 21, 18, 15, 14, 13, 7, and 7 deaths respectively.
Tunisia President Saied says ‘mafia’ in charge of country
Tunisia’s President Kais Saied said yesterday that the country is being run by a “mafia” and pledged to fight corrupt politicians.
“This is a state with two regimes, an apparent regime, that of the institutions, and a real regime, that of the mafia that governs Tunisia,” Saied said in a video posted on the presidency’s Facebook page.
“I will not engage in dialogue with thieves,” he added.
Saied, a legal theorist and former law professor, was elected in 2019 and has billed himself as the ultimate interpreter of the constitution.
He invoked that power on July 25 to fire the prime minister, freeze parliament and strip MPs of their immunity, and assume all executive powers.
He has also taken control of the judiciary.
His power grab came amid chronic legislative infighting that had crippled governance. It was followed by a sweeping anti-corruption drive that has included detentions, travel bans and house arrests of politicians, businessmen and judicial officials.
Saied has yet to appoint a new government or reveal a roadmap towards normalisation, despite repeated demands by political parties.
Over the weekend he said there would soon be nominations for a new government and spoke of a reform of the constitution.
“The government is coming,” he said yesterday, “but we need to know what policy it will implement. The aim is to meet the demands of the Tunisian people.”
“Dealing with thieves or traitors is out of the question,” he added.
His moves have been criticised by judges and opponents.
But some Tunisians, exasperated by their political class and its perceived corruption, impunity and failure to improve living standards more than a decade since the country’s protests launched the Arab Spring, see them as a necessary evil.
Hushpuppi: Buhari will take final decision on Abba Kyari’s extradition – Police Minister
Police Affairs Minister, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has revealed that the final decision on the request for extradition of the suspended head of the Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari to answer allegations of complicity in the $1.1million bribe fraud perpetrated by Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, will be taken by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking on the issue on a Channels Television Programme ‘ Politics Today’, Dingyadi said the Nigerian government is trying to ensure that due diligence is done on the matter because it has international connotations.
He said, “The issue of Abba Kyari has become a public domain and I think by now everybody has heard that the police in their very wisdom, in their usual way of becoming transparent and fair to all have set up a committee to investigate all these allegations”.
“We have also reported that the committee has submitted the report to the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
“We have also submitted this report and recommendations to the Attorney-General of the Federation for a legal opinion, thereafter, we will take it to Mr President for final consideration.
“So, you can see that even though this matter is a local matter here, it has some international connotations.
“We have to do some due diligence to ensure that we do the right thing. We have to do some consultations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice before a final decision will be taken.
“What is important is that Nigerians should know that the police management is up and doing and they have done what they are supposed to do. I hope people will wait and see what actions will be taken on this matter.”
The FBI had indicted DCP Kyari and along with four others in the Hushpuppi Internet fraud scam leading to Kyari’s suspension and the IGP setting up a Special Investigations Panel headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike of FCIIB to investigate the allegations
The panel has since submitted it’s report to the Police Service Commission while the commission has commenced it’s own internal investigative processes on the issue.