Coup as Myanmar’s general has instructed internet providers to block access to Facebook on Thursday, as UN chief Antonio Guterres said the world must come together to guarantee that the military coup isn’t successful.
The Southeast Asian nation was forced back into direct military rule on Monday as de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders were arrested in a series of dawn confrontations and arrest, terminating the country short experiment with democracy.
The coup caused international criticism and worries as people fears the military will drag 54 million people back to the decades of junta rule that transformed Myanmar into one of Asia most impoverished and repressive nations.
With soldiers patrolling the streets of major cities, the coup has so far not sparked any form of mass pro-democracy street protests.
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Afterall, hundreds of followers of the Tatmadaw, as the military is referred to, gathered in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw Thursday in sufully supporting the military and them taking over.
Some carried signs which read: National decievers who rely on foreign countries are not needed and Tatmadaw loves and cares for the people.
People have fled to social media to speak out against the opposition and revealed plans for civil stubbornness especially on Facebook.
We have digital leverage therefore so we are using this medium to oppose the military junta,stated activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi, who is in charge of a so-called Civil Disobedience campaign spreading like wildfire cross various social media platforms.
Telenor, which is major telecoms providers in the country, has revealed on Thursday that the military instructed it to temporarily restrict users from using Facebook.
The Norwegian-owned company stated that it had to obey but does not believe that the request is fair as citizens should be given freedom to speak out, in accordance with international human rights law
Facebook has also disclosed that access is currently discontinued for some people and encouraged authorities to restore connectivity.
NetBlocks, which watches internet outages around the globe, said the interference was also affecting Facebook-owned apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp.
For many people in Myanmar, Facebook is the medium used to access the internet and a very important tool to receive information.
The very first thing we do each morning is to look our phone, the very last thing we do before going to bed at in the night is to look our phone,said Aye, a 32-year-old entrepreneur who is against the coup.
A small scale protest begun on Thursday in front of a medical university in the northern city of Mandalay, with protesters carrying cards that read: People protest against the military coup!
Local media stated that the police have arrested four people, however, our sources could not confirm if the detentions are real.
US lawmakers begin a hearing on Thursday to uncover answers surrounding the recent stock market frenzy that caused unpredictable prize hikes in the value of little-known shares and caused reasons for tougher Wall Street regulations.
The US House Financial Services Committee was to hear from witnesses potraying a vital part in the volatilitywhich drastically affected video game retailer GameStop and other big companies in recent weeks.
The hearing,Game Stopped? Who Wins and Loses When Short Sellers, Social Media, and Retail Investors Collides,the hearing included testimonies from the head of online bulletin board Reddit, which hosted online chat rooms that promoted the acclaimed meme stocks and of the popular trading platform called Robinhood, which grants access to small investors to partake in the frenzy.
The unpredictable volatility with moves of up to 400 percent just a week for GameStop resulted in cries for US regulatory officials to review the role of social media, hedge funds, and trading platforms that may have a role in the current market manipulation.
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The present conditions has slammed Wall Streets hedge funds which often take short positions on shares it deems as likely to fall against a social media-driven move to squeeze the big institutional investors.
Punish the hedge funds?
In prepared the testimony, Robinhood CEO Vladimir Tenev supported the acts his company carried out which enables free trades to small investors.
Any claims that Robinhood actions was intended to support hedge funds or other special big companies interest and to go against the interest of our customers is definitely not true and market-distorting rhetoric, Madimir Tenev stated.
Gabriel Plotkin, founder, and chief investment officer at Melvin Capital Management, stated in his testimony that the fund couldn’t have possibly manipulated the trading results or outcomes.
He also noted that Melvin left its short positions on GameStop with heartbreaking losses when the shares skyrockted from $17 to a peak of $483.
Plotkin stated that people on Reddit forums were encouraging trade in GameStop as a way to get back at hedge fund and that many of the posts online were linked with antisemitic slurs aimed at me and others.
Plotkin stated he was shocked by what happened in January and was taking precaution to protect our investors from similar events in the future.
YouTube sensation Keith Gill, one of the top traders at the center of the mania, told the authorities that he believes GameStop has the potential to reposition itself as the number 1 spot for gamers.
PDP addresses Bandits issues,The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked for the instant removal of the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, for avoiding his required obligations by telling unarmed Nigerians to protect themselves against armed kidnappers and criminals.
The PDP describes the statement by the minister as careless, irresponsible, and as enough evidence that the Muhammadu Buhari led administration has no control over criminals and are not willing to fight them.
It is unimaginable that a government would describe unarmed victims of armed attacks by criminals and bandits as cowards while those meant to protect them and given the necessary resources to defend them live in the comfort and security of their offices and homes in Abuja.
Such issues of security; a statutory obligation of government, goes to prove apprehensions that our nation is indeed transcending to a failed and lawless state under the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, where the
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government are incapable of carrying out its duties while unarmed citizens are left to decide their fate against armed bandits and criminals.
Due to the silence by the president, our party urges that the defeatist statement made by the minister represents the loopholes of President Muhammadu Buhari administration and its security architecture, and explains why the administration has and will remained complacent in the tackling and addressing the current security issues of the nation.
The party said that such a statement by the Buhari led administration, which is meant to be scaling up its security strategies to ensure the safety and security of all citizens, have been encouraging criminals, terrorists, and kidnappers to increase their operations and atrocities against all citizens.
After all, with such disposition, the Buhari led administration is making the country more conducive for bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers to carry out their operations and are settled with huge ransom instead of being confronted by security officials.
Our party however encourages Nigerians not to lose hope at this moment but get encouraged as it has become clear that we are now in a tight and critical situation where by the government has shown that incapability to defend its citizens.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has received the report from the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that carried out the report around Human Rights Abuses, Police violence and not legally authorized Killings by the dissolved infamous police unit, named Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.
The report was handed over to him by the chairman of the commission, Justice Chukwunenye Uriri (rtd) at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday.
Governor Nyesom Wike stated that the Rivers State government has played its role by setting up the commission and will also reveal the White Paper at the next meeting of the State Executive Council.
The Rivers State Governor urged the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the new Commissioner of Police (CP) to execute the white paper as evidence that the Federal Government was actually serious about ending such police brutality and violence in the country.
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To be sincere I am not sure the present Inspector General (IG) is really serious about tackling insecurity In the country. Presently, he has elected a new Police Commissioner for political participation.
If after all that has been done, we emerge with the White Paper and the Attorney General transfers it to the police to execute or to prosecute as the situation implies, will it be executed?
This is the sole reason I am challenging the IG and the new CP to ensure that they prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Federal Government is actually serious about telling states to set up Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violence of the police and other security agencies.
Justice Chukwunenye Uriri stated that the commission has recorded 190 petitions, revoked 82 for lack of due diligence or jurisdiction, and finally accepted 108 of them.
He said that the values depicts the highest level of recklessness, misuse of law and order in the country. According to him, the policemen who where responsible for the the crime against Rivers people, especially Mr. Akin Fakorede and his other counterparts do not have any affiliation or relationship with the State.
It is important that our commission bear the highest figure when it comes to petitions in the country. Lagos State has 210 petitions as compared to our 190 petitions. Lagos State is currently higher in numbers but none the less by the grace of God, we are glad to present this report to you.
It is our opinion that this values signify the highest degree of total ignorance and disrespect of law and order by the various law enforcement agencies in the State.
Governor Nyesom Wike has on the other hand named 5 members of the State Executive Council who will go through the report and interpret the full content of the White Paper.
The members of the State Executive Council to interpret the report of the White Paper includes the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor; Head of Service, Mr. Rufus Godwins, Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mrs. Inime Chinwenwo- Aguma, Commissioner for Education amongst others.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan met with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation Committee, led by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The meeting was held indoors with the former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at his house in Abuja but the full gist of the meeting are yet to be known.
Those who where in attendance included the Former governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Pius Ayim, former governor of Cross River, Senator Liyel Imoke, former House amongst others.
Held behind shut doors, the purpose of the gathering was unknown and anonymous as of Tuesday morning, but it surely will not be unrelated to the 2023 elections.
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The Saraki-led Reconciliation Committee was established after the 2019 general election, to help the party resolve disgruntled members, including those who switched to other parties, and as well attract new members into the party.
The PDP as of recent lost one of its famous member to the ruling party when the governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi switched to the APC.
Afterwards, there have been several claims by the APC that more governors from the PDP would leave and defect to APC, they claim that the PDP National Working Committee has rejected.
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has officially agreed to appoint Ahmed Abubakar Audi as the new Commandant-General of NSCDC After Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu retired from the position.
Ahmed Audi stood out as the top best candidate out of those that went through the fair selection process initiated by the Ministry of Interior through the Board to ensure that the most qualified applicants amongst the top-ranking officers in the service was chosen to take over from the retired Commandant-General of the NSCDC Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu.
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Also, The president has formally proposed Haliru Nababa as the current Controller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service , because of the conformity of the Senate in accordance with the provision of the new Act which aids the establishment of the Nigerian Correctional Service 2019.
The Minister of Interior and Chairman, Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Board (CDCFIB), Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola who congratulated the new appointees, asked and encouraged them to ensure they fully fulfill their mandate of their services as well as to ensure strong partnerships with other security agencies in the country with the aim of providing adequate internal security services and citizenship integrity for Nigerians and foreigners alike in accordance with the policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
WHO ex director Professor Adetokunbo Oluwole Lucas, has kicked the bucket at the age of 89.
Adetokunbo Oluwole Lucas was a Professor of International Health at Harvard University.
For over 10 years, Professor Lucas Adetokunbo served Director of Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at WHO and has great passion for his research projects.
“Nigeria, and the the world at large has lost an expert in public health,” President Muhammadu Buhari said in his condolence speech on Monday.
He described LucasAdetokunbo as a global health personality because of his outstanding support and passion for research on tropical diseases especially malaria, bilharzia and leprosy.
President Muhammadu Buhari said Professor Lucas Adetokunbo was the Head of Department of Preventive and Social Medicine in the University College of London in Ibadan, Chairman of Nigerian Medical Research Council, and Chairman of the Committee on National Health Policy and played a vital role in research studies in Nigeria.Professor Lucas Adetokunbo left a great mark in national imprints.
“Professor LucasAdetokunbo made his name and impact even beyond the shores of Nigeria”, the President added.
The Nigerian President commiserated with the family, friends, medical community and academia.
He urged former students and admirers of the professor to build on his legacy and always strive for national growth.
President Muhammadu Buhari prayed that God consoles all those who mourn Professor Lucas and grant his soul peaceful rest.
WHO ex-director, Adetokunbo Lucas passes on but leaves a great legacy behind.
The Lagos State government has instructed churches, mosques, and every other public place of worship to enforce and obey the existing COVID-19 protocols due to the rising cases of the Covid 19 virus reported recently in the state.
The governor asked them to ensure all public gatherings must not exceed two hours with attendance not more than 50 percent of the maximum capacity of the venue used.
The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, passed the order in a statement personally signed by him on Friday.
The governor also stated that concerts, carnivals, and street parties are banned in all parts of the state indefinitely except stated otherwise.
According to governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, night clubs would not be allowed to open yet and all night clubs in the Lagos state should be closed until further notice with immediate effect.
He stated that the order became important as all local governments in Lagos have begun to record a massive increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated that the situation was not peculiar to only Lagos state, stating that the whole country was also experiencing a rise in the numbers of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus.
“Of every 100 persons tested, an average of 10 comes back to be positive. The statistics show a massive increase from the 5 persons per 100 tests recorded back in September, but lower than the high numbers in August which were between 20 and 30 persons per 1 test.
“This clearly shows the existence of active community transmission and supports the chances of the emergence of the second wave in Lagos State,” he stated.
The governor added, “This second wave calls for a full re-awakening of caution. The ignorance that crept in over the last few months as a result of measures put in place when cases started to decline in August, we must now be all careful and vigilant.”
As part of public health instructions, he ordered the shut down of all public and private schools in Lagos until further notice and asked all public servants from Grade Level 14 and below to work remotely for the next 2 weeks starting from Monday next week.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted that emergency workers and first responders were excluded from the above directives, but he noted that the 12 am to 4 am curfew imposed by the Federal Government must be observed and obeyed.
The governor instructed that guests and service providers at any event with high temperatures (above 37.5 degrees) should be politely turned back and directed to paramedics or the emergency response team for testing and quarantine purposes.
Nigeria has recorded 550 new COVID-19 cases.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) declared in a tweet on Tuesday night.
The new cases in Nigeria were recorded in 16 states including the FCT, Lagos state retaining the highest number with 219 active cases.
Other states which are affected by the coronavirus are Kaduna with 52 cases, Kwara with 19 cases, Kano with 15 cases, Rivers with 15 cases, Sokoto with 10 cases, Enugu with 9 cases, Gombe with 8 cases, Plateau with 7 cases, Osun with 7 cases, Anambra with 5 cases, Oyo with 5 cases, Jigawa with 4 cases, Ogun with 4 cases, Bauchi with 2 cases, Edo with 1 case and the FCT with 168 cases.
550 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
1,182 deaths pic.twitter.com/2PUj8fD1KM
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) December 8, 2020
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With the emergence of new cases of the Covid 19 virus in Nigeria, Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases have now reached a total of 70,195 cases.
However, 65,110 persons have recovered from the virus while 1,182 have died in Nigeria.
This news comes as the world continues to find a vaccine for the virus.
Across the globe, COVID-19 infection rates are skyrocketing, with hospital intensive care units filled up with patients and death tolls increasing.
The vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech appears to be bringing some hope and good news in the face of this ravaging pandemic.
Last week, the companies announced that trials have started and the vaccine has been tested to be 90% effective in preventing the virus infections.
In face of the criticism surrounding the effectiveness of the vaccine, Britain has become the first country to approve its use legally – raising hopes and faith of a breakthrough of this virus which has killed more than 1.5 million people worldwide.
A 90-year-old British grandmother has taken the bold step and has become the first person in the UK to take the approved covid 19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.
PDP in Zamfara State has spoken out about the exit of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate from the rerun election for the Bakura State House of Assembly position.
In a press release on Tuesday, the PDP chairman in the state, Tukur Danfulani, explained that the party heard the news of the APC’s exit with little or no shock at all.
He noted that the dominant party in Zamara was happy that the rival party did not accuse the PDP of any evil acts in the spirit of good sportsmanship in politics.
“We still want to re-emphasize our earlier call, especially on the issues of security, we would ensure security agents protect the people’s lives and property, before, during, and after the election and not to allow woodlums disrupt the political exercise,” Danfulani noted.
He claimed, “It is one thing to exit from an election in fear of inevictable defeat and another thing to leave the woodlums and miscreants that were used in the first leg of the election to come more dangerous and disrupt the political exercise since they have nothing to lose.”
According to the PDP chairman, the APC raised some of the same crucial issues spotted by his party, such as intimidation of voters, ballot box snatching, and the use of security operatives to rig the election.
The PDP chairman stated that this led to the declaration of the earlier electoral exercise conducted by INEC inconclusive.
Danfulani emphasized that since it was the exclusive choice of the rival party to choose to participate or choose not to participate in the election, the PDP would join other participating political parties to wish the APC well.
The PDP chairman gave an assurance that as the ruling party in Zamfara, the government would continue to provide a fair and just atmosphere for all political parties and people of the state to participate in politics.