Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina during a campaign stop on October 18, 2020. "As the Governor of our state, I recognise the buck stops at my table and I will work with the FG (federal government) to get to the root of this unfortunate incident and stabilise all security operations to protect the lives of our residents," he said. He added: "I saw the bullet hit one or two persons.". He said: "I'm ashamed of this government. Enditem, 010020070750000000000000011100001393354921. On Twitter, the Nigerian Army shared media reports about soldiers opening fire on protesters in Lekki, adding "Fake News" and "Be Aware.". Several protesters were reportedly killed by Nigerian security forces in Lagos on Tuesday. In the elections of the same year his party won an overwhelming victory, and he became president of the council of ministers. "We are going to look for building consensus in the conduct of the council," Abdou Abarry, UNSC president for the month, told journalists at a virtual press briefing. ", Another said: "The pictures and videos of yesterday was too overwhelming! The videos have not been verified by Newsweek. The regular meetings on Syria, Yemen and the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, are also on the program of work. Rabat, city and capital of Morocco. To continue reading login or create an account. At least two people were shot, four witnesses told Reuters news agency. It lasted for about an hour and a half and the soldiers were actually taking up the dead bodies.". Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. "It was pandemonium and they kept on shooting and shooting at us. The country takes its name from the Niger River, which flows…. Diori, however, received increasing support from the powerful traditional chiefs, and in the referendum of 1958 he successfully campaigned for limited autonomy within the French community against Bakary’s position of immediate independence. Niger also plans to hold a ministerial-level open debate on the humanitarian impact of environmental degradation on peace and security with a particular focus on the Sahel region. #EndSARs #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria #BuhariResignNow. Like what did we do wrong to deserve this as citizens. Biden has called for an end to Nigeria's violent crackdown on protesters. ", You have 4 free articles remaining this month, Sign-up to our daily newsletter for more articles like this + access to 5 extra articles. One of the country’s four imperial cities, it is located on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Wadi Bou Regreg, opposite the city of Salé. While we continue to investigate the killings, Amnesty International wishes to remind the authorities that under international law, security forces may only resort to the use of lethal force when strictly unavoidable to protect against imminent threat of death or serious injury. The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy. The largest country in Africa is Algeria. For a time in 1957 his more radical rival, Djibo Bakary, became the leader of Niger’s first responsible African government. "My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence. Joe Biden Urges Nigeria to End Attacks on Protesters Amid Calls for President Buhari to Resign | News. Alfred Ononugbo, 55, a security officer, told Reuters that soldiers "started firing ammunition toward the crowd." Reports have been circulating that protesters were shot when the Nigerian military opened fire in Lekki, an upmarket district where a toll gate has been the site of daily protests in Lagos, Africa's most populous city. After 1966 he strengthened his position both within and outside Niger as chairman of the African and Mauritian Common Organization, defending African economic interests in dealing with the European Common Market countries. The death toll has been growing while several police stations were attacked by rioters this week. Amnesty International said it had obtained credible reports of deaths while a witness told the BBC he had counted about 20 bodies and at least 50 injured after soldiers opened fire. After the shooting, thousands have been taking to social media with the hashtag #BuhariResignNow. The anticipated briefers are Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba and UN Children's Fund Executive Director Henrietta Fore. In a statement, the former vice president … Haven't we been quiet and complicit for long enough?We are just trying to survive thats all.God help us all #EndSARS #BuhariResignNow. Somebody got hit straight beside me and he died on the spot. The protests in Nigeria started a fortnight ago and have seen many young people using the social media hashtag #EndSars to campaign for the closure of the country's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Expected briefers are UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, and a civil society representative. UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa, on Tuesday assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for September, when the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will kick off. In a statement released by presidential aide, Garba Shehu, he clarified that the government was only building a rail line to a designated border point between the African countries and not into Niger as widely misconstrued. What began as a predominantly peaceful action has become increasingly violent in the last few days. The Democratic presidential candidate has called for the crackdown on protesters in Nigeria to end. After Niger became independent (August 3, 1960), Diori was elected president. "They were firing and they were advancing straight at us. Three other adoptions are anticipated to renew the mandates of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da'esh/ISIL, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia and the UN Support Mission in Libya. Updates? See why nearly a quarter of a million subscribers begin their day with the Starting 5. Daily Post - Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers. His stature as an African statesman was also enhanced by his role as a mediator on several occasions—e.g., during the Biafran War (1967–70) in Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/r5idAn9Pxw. Omissions? UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa, on Tuesday assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for September, when the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will kick off. Soldiers reportedly opened fire on Nigerians demonstrating against police brutality in the Lekki district of Lagos on Tuesday. The council will be watching developments in Belarus, Burundi, Guinea-Bissau, Iran and Mali, according to the SCR. A patrol car of the Lagos State Security drives through Nigerian protesters demonstrating in the streets of Alausa Ikeja on October 20, 2020 after the authorities declared an open-ended lockdown in Lagos in the face of spiralling protests. "Indeed, diplomacy is the search of a solution," said the Nigerien ambassador, who was showered with questions including one about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran and the five permanent members of the UNSC -- China, France, Russia, Britain, the United States -- plus Germany together with the European Union. Bursts of gunfire can be heard in footage on social media while one viral clip appears to show a man in an army uniform firing a machine gun from the top of a vehicle. The condition of those two people was not immediately known. Hamani Diori, (born June 6, 1916, Soudouré, Niger, French West Africa—died April 23, 1989, Rabat, Morocco), nationalist politician and first president (1960–74) of independent Niger. Protesters gather at the front of Alausa, the Lagos State Secretariat, while chanting @a people united can never be defeated@ in Lagos on October 20, 2020. Hamani Diori, nationalist politician and first president (1960–74) of independent Niger. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. An unnamed eyewitness told BBC News: "At exactly 6.45 p.m. the soldiers pulled up... and they started firing directly at we, the peaceful protesters. Regarding Afghanistan, an adoption is also scheduled to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Other debates this month include a debate for the annual briefing on UN peacekeeping reform and the quarterly debate on Afghanistan. In a statement, the former vice president called for the Nigerian government to "engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society" and address "longstanding grievances" at the root of the #EndSars protests. Lagos State Goveror Babajide Sanwo-Olu tweeted pictures of him visiting people in hospital who were victims of what he referred to as the "unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. ", Nigerian Manchester United footballer Odion Jude Ighalo accused the Nigerian government of killing its own citizens in a video shared on Twitter. He said the soldiers had built a barricade and ambulances could not reach the protest area. Thousands have taken to social media with #BuhariResignNow after the shooting. He said in a statement on Tuesday: "I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths.
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