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News Today; Disquiet At Police Headquarters Over IG of Police Replacement As Adamu Retires, Internet Shut Down As Myanmar Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Detained In Military Coup D’état

Disquiet At Police Headquarters Over IG of Police Replacement As Adamu Retires

Outgoing IG of Police Mohammed Adamu

Pin drop silence was recorded at Louis Edet House, the Nigeria Police Headquarters in Abuja, as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, takes a final bow as the country’s police boss on Monday.

Reasons for the disquiet is not unconnected with the atmosphere of mystery surrounding who is resuming as the substantial replacement of Adamu as the big chief at the Police Headquarters from Tuesday morning.

IG Mohammed Adamu’s tenure came to an end as he has completed the maximum 35 years in service, having enlisted as a Police officer on February 2, 1986.

Why President Buhari refuses to name a replacement is still the subject of discussion among the police hierarchy. The drums cannot roll out for the outgoing Adamu and nobody knows who to congratulate as his successor. No Jollof rice packs to be shared at Police Hq because the president loves putting Nigerians in an atmosphere of suspense for far too long. Not fair but like Nigerians love to say, “It is well…”

Adamu isn’t the only top police chief due for retirement today. Three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and 10 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) are taking their bows too.

It is been discussed in hushed tones the presidency had directed the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the Department of States Security (DSS) to prepare confidential briefings on seven senior police officers on the rank of DIG and AIG, as potential replacements.

Adamu would be remembered as the IG who tried but failed to curb the excesses of the defunct special SARS unit, which was famous for brutalizing and extorting young Nigerians.

Where do you think Adamu’s replacement for IG of Police would be coming from and what do you expect of him the most?

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Internet Shut Down As Myanmar Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Detained In Military Coup D’état

Embattled Myanmar Leader, Aung San Suu Kyi

Early morning news emanating from the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar has it that there has been a military coup d’état and the country’s political leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been detained.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi became a household name around the world for peaceful opposition to the military authorities and spending 15 years under house arrest when the country was formerly named Burma. The country is also recently famous for maltreating over 150,000 Rohingya Muslims in the hands of the military.

The Myanmar military recaptured power in the surprise Monday morning coup just 5 years after Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, took over from the military authorities. It was a shock move from the country’s reluctant military.

Myanmar’s military television network announced a one-year state of emergency, with power transferred to the army chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

While the coup took place, the military deployed underhand tactics like shutting down the internet and mobile networks in major cities. Some local journalists went into hiding for fear of their lives while local flights were also suspended, with the main international airport in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, also shut down.

Trouble began brewing for Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi when allegations of voter fraud came to the fore during last November 2020 elections, where her party took the military’s proxy party to the cleaners. Myanmar’s military had been known to resist her politician’s efforts to install democracy in the troubled Asian nation.

Also reportedly detained with Aung San Suu Kyi are President U Win Myint, cabinet ministers, chief ministers of several regions, opposition politicians, writers and activists. No bloodshed was reported in the clandestine coup.

Typical of dictatorial governments, the controversial poll results was all the excuse the military needed to reclaim power from the people. The world is watching with keen what happens to the opposition leaders in the next few days or weeks.

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Host Communities Reject Proposed Contentious PIB 2020, Say It Will Lead To Return of Tension In Niger-Delta

Oil-Producing Communities Of The Niger-Delta

The last has not been heard about the contentious Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB 2020) which lead into the exchange of blows at the National Assembly last week.

Host communities in the Gbaramatu and Egbema Kingdoms of Delta State, have rejected the present format of the bill, saying the oil companies would dominate the oil producing communities. And such move could see the return of tension in the Niger Delta region. The last thing the region and the whole nation needs is a return to hostilities and the bombing of the nation’s oil assets.

The host communities are trying to resist a move by oil companies to appoint people outside the communities, through the setting up of Boards of Trustees, to manage their affairs, a situation which they see as a hard slap across the face. And which they are ready to fight to the last drop of their blood.

The oil-producing communities made their grievances known in a memo to the Joint Committee on Petroleum Downstream Sector, Petroleum Upstream and Gas on PIB 2020 by the chairman, Mr. Jude Ukori.

The protracted Petroleum Industry Bill saga has been in the National Assembly since 2006 and it appears there’s a new obstacle to the passing every single time the lawmakers seem to be making any progress on it. Is the position taken by the host communities tenable one or just another unfair delay tactic to strong arm the government to doing what the oil-producing communities want? Would the contentious PIB get passed any time soon?

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Businesses Grounded As Insurgents Cut Maiduguri Off The National Grid

Electricity Tower Destroyed In Maiduguri

Testimonies from the residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, has it that the North-East city has been without electricity after they got cut off the national grid by the wicked Boko Haram insurgents.

Businesses which had been enjoying stable electricity supply lately had to resort to finding power alternatives after the destroyed one of the towers carrying power to the city from the national grid.

Reports from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has it the blackout, which has lasted for about one week, has left the city’s residents and businesses frustrated. The latest attack on the city’s power infrastructure is said to be the second in three months carried out by the brazen insurgents, who harbour no fear of the Borno State authorities in the area.

While confirming the development, Corporate Communication Manager of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) which is in charge of Maiduguri, Mr Kingsley Nkemneme said he could not comment on the issue because the problem belongs to the jurisdiction of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). It’s one bad thing to have a problem but another very sad one to have no one willing to solve the problem.

With this passing of responsibilities, do you think the residents of Maiduguri can expect the return of electricity to their city any time soon? Please drop your thoughts.

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Russian Court Fines Opposition Leader Navalny’s Wife 20,000 Rubles Over Moscow Protests

Russian Opposition Leader’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya

The right to protest is inalienable everywhere in the world. If you the venue of the protest is in Moscow, you might want to have a rethink because it could cost you some money, especially if you’re the wife of the opposition leader.

A Moscow court has on Monday ordered the wife of Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, to pay an eye-watering fine of 20,000 rubles ($265) for violating protest regulations after she attended a demonstration in the city to demand her husband’s release.

Yulia Navalnaya, joined a protest in Moscow on Sunday, which took place despite warnings and tight security measures the city authorities took ahead of the rally. Over 5,400 protesters were arrested during the government’s crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. It’s a true case of no-retreat-no-surrender for the anti-Putin protesters who weren’t treated with kid’s gloves by the Russian authorities.

Mrs Navalny was quickly detained and charged with participating in an unauthorized rally and asked to pay the 20,000 rubles fine, her lawyer, Svetlana Davydova, confirmed. At least someone is being kind to the poor woman whose already missing her husband.

The whole brouhaha began when Mr Navalny was arrested on January 17 when he returned from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from nerve-agent poisoning which he blames on Mr Putin. Russian authorities rejected the accusations with quick-fire alacrity.

If Mr Putin thought the protests are over then he’s in for a surprise as Mr Navalny’s supporters are planning another demonstration in Moscow on Tuesday, when a judge is scheduled to hear the authorities’ motion to send him to prison for up to 3 1/2 years.

One thing is certain, Mr Putin has more than Covid-19 to contend with in the 2021 calendar year.

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Al Shabaab Claims Responsibility For Mogadishu Hotel Attack Which killed 5 And Injured Others

Scenes After Car bomb Attack In Mogadishu

The dreaded militant Islamist group, Al Shabaab, has claimed responsibility for an attack on a popular Mogadishu hotel which left 5 persons dead and no less than 10 persons injured.

It was reported that Al Shabaab gunmen stormed the Afrik Hotel, after an earlier car bomb exploded not too far from the scene. It is believed the car bomb explosion which took place not long before the attack, was used as a diversion by the insurgent attackers who stormed the hotel to carry out their deadly mission. The Afrik hotel is said to be popular with government officials, members of the security forces and community leaders.

Recorded among the dead was a retired Army General, Mohamed Nur Galal, a former Defense Minister known by many in Somalia as a war hero.

3 militants were killed when Somalian security forces arrived on the scene, with a fourth dying in the initial car bomb detonation.

The attack came barely a week to indirect parliamentary and presidential elections in the country which is scheduled for February 8, 2021.

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