FG seeks fresh N1.2B loan from Brazil

The federal government is seeking the National Assembly’s approval to access the $1.2 billion agricultural loan from Brazil. This was disclosed by the minister of finance, budget, and national planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, when she appeared to defend the ministry’s 2021 budget before the House of Representatives’ committee on finance on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. According to her, the federal government had forwarded the loan request to the National Assembly which is aimed at addressing issues in the agriculture value chain as Nigeria moves to make it another source of…

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LekkiShootings: UN human rights experts demand Nigeria investigate shooting of peaceful protestors by soldiers

GENEVA (3 November 2020) – The Nigerian government must set up a credible, independent inquiry into the recent illegal killings of at least 12 peaceful protestors by soldiers, UN human rights experts* said today. “Since 2005, UN Special Rapporteurs have repeatedly raised the issue of police killings and impunity with the Nigerian government,” the experts said. “We have had 15 years of government promises, but nothing has changed. “Governments come and go, but police brutality is as intractable as ever. Nigerians need justice.” Excessive use of force during peaceful assemblies…

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