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Coaliation cautions US, UK, Germany, others against granting Sowore asylum

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A Coalition, Concerned Patriots for Peace and Development, has cautioned other countries of the world against granting Omoyele Sowore the publisher of Sahara reporters asylum

It said, in the event that Sowore was called to question, and escapes to seek asylum outside the country, he should be denied such privilege.

The coalition accused Sowore of inciting violence in the country, using now-rested #EndSARS protests as a veritable platform.

In an open letter addressed to the embassies of the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Germany, France, Canada among others, the group predicated its claim on intelligence at its disposal.

The letter was jointly signed by Dr Chibuzor Amechi (Coalition of Igbo professionals); Dr Aremu Gbenga (Coalition of Yoruba Elders for Peace and Good Governance); and Barr Mohammed ibrahim (Coalition of Northern Professionals) respectively.

In the letter entitled, “An Open Letter On The Plot By Sowore To Incite Violence Against The Federal Government”, the organisation wondered why Sowore seeks to revive an action that has since been suspended.

This, it added, was more so that the promoters of the protests for the disbandment of the SARS, have since called-off the demonstrations, with a view to giving governments at all levels the benefit of the doubt.

Apart from dissolving the dreaded police squad, the federal and state governments are currently addressing other issues raised, one of which is the establishment of judicial commissions of inquiry, to deal with cases of brutality, extra-judicial killings and other excesses of the defunct SARS.

“We are constrained by events of the last one week to write this open letter to you, to intimate you of premeditated moves by one Omoyele Sowore to incite public disturbance against the Nigerian Government”,the group said.

The letter reads: “Your Excellency, our resort to this open letter is occasioned by the urgency of the situation, as intelligence at our disposal has confirmed that Sowore, who certainly has sponsors, has concluded plans to hijack the now-rested #EndSARS protests, to allegedly cause anarchy in Nigeria, thereby instigating an illegal change of Government.

“As a guide, may we draw your attention to the protests of Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, and the Force Headquarters’ precincts – all in Abuja – as well as that of Friday, November 6, at the entrance to the National Assembly, which were led by Sowore.

“With benefit of hindsight, we fear that this ongoing move has the potential of disrupting the peace and security of the country that is yet to recover from the killings, looting and destruction of public and private property that attended the wave of nationwide proests, a few weeks ago.

“We are alarmed that Sowore, who was barred by a Federal High Court in Abuja from participating in, or addressing public rallies/protests, as part of the conditions for his bail, will be spear-heading this latest affront.

“This valid court order, which has not been set aside, either by the trial court, or by the Court of Appeal, is pending the determination of the criminal charge.

“For a man facing a 7-count charge bordering on treason, money laundering and cyber stalking, occasioned by his earlier failed attempt to lead a revolution against the democratically-elected Government of President Muhammadu Buhari – through the instrumentality of #Revolution Now movement, one would have thought that introspection and soul-searching would be his preoccupation”.

The organisation said it took the pain of chronicling the antecedents of Sowore, to “reconcile you to the intelligence at our disposal, which is a product of painstaking investigation of his antics”.

“Or, how else will one situate this latest attempt at re-launching and reviving an action, whose original/genuine promoters have since suspended, to give both the Federal and State Governments the chance to address the concerns that triggered the mass protests?”, it asked rather rhetorically.

“We, therefore, request your Excellency to take note of the deliberate acts of incitement and violence being orchestrated by Sowore, to deny him asylum, in the event that he seeks any, after succeeding in his wicked agenda”, the group stated in the letter.

It concluded thus: “We trust that the Nigerian Government will activate the relevant laws within its disposal, to rein in this man, whose “dog-in-the-manger” tendency must not be allowed accommodation.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) only favours change of government through the instrumentality of the ballot – an exercise that comes after a period of four years.

“We advise politicians, whose quest for power was not successful, to wait and test their popularity in the next round of elections, rather than seek to instigate unrest, to satisfy their selfish ends, and those of their pay-masters”.

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UK excited that 9000 Nigerians got UK student Visa in 2019

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UK excited that 9000 Nigerians got UK student Visa in 2019

***Says its testament to strong bond between the two countries

By James Ojochegbe

The United Kingdom (UK) has disclosed that over 9,000 students from Nigeria were granted UK student visas in 2019 which is 27% increase above the previous year.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja Mondsy by senior press and public Affairs officer, British High Commission, Abuja Christopher Olaolu Ogunmode.
The statement indicated that 93% of Nigerian students were successful in receiving a student visa to study in the country last year showing that the vast majority of UK student visa applicants were granted.
According to the Statement the UK Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster MP, has encouraged even more students from Nigeria to choose the UK as a place to study as they mark International Students Day on Tuesday, 17th, November 2020.

Foster used the annual celebration of international students to make it clear that the UK is open to students, highlighting visa flexibility around Covid-19, as well as the new Student Route, as reasons to continue choosing the UK for study.
According to the statement,
“The UK’s new Student Route promises to make it even more streamlined and convenient for Nigerian students, with benefits such as applying up to six months in advance, and additional opportunities to extend student visas from inside the UK.
“In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK was among the first countries to introduce visa flexibility for students, including permitting remote study for the whole 2020-21 academic year and replacing thousands of expired visas free of charge so Nigerian students could still travel.

Furthermore, in Summer 2021 the UK will be introducing the Graduate Route, a new post-study work visa that will allow eligible students two years (or three years for PHD students) to stay back after they graduate to work, or look for work in the UK.
The minister said,
“Nigerian students have always been a huge part of our community – and we look forward to welcoming more to our world leading Universities. Put simply, we want the best and brightest to study in the UK, which is why we have made it easier to apply.
“The UK will always value and welcome international students, and whether now or in the future, we want Nigerian students to choose the UK as the place to fulfil their potential.”
British High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing said that 93% of Nigerian students that applied were successfully granted visa is a testament to the strengthening of the links between the UK and Nigeria.

“But more than that, each successful visa means another student heading to the UK, to build their career, expand their horizons and find out more about all that the UK has to offer.
“We hope that this continues, and that many more students from Nigeria follow their fellow citizens on this journey.”

He said, the Student Route and Graduate Route are part of the UK’s new points-based system, the new system of visas and immigration that the UK is opening in January 2021.
“This will create a fairer, clearer system, where what matters is the skills an individual has rather than their nationality.”
The international Students Day is an annual international day that recognises the importance of students around the world. It takes place on 17 November each year.

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Humanitarian ministry gets support from IOM on Decongestion of IDP camps

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Humanitarian ministry gets support from IOM on Decongestion of IDP camps

By James Ojochegbe

In a bid to decongest the various IDP camps in the country the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has promised to support for the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

The Director of the Organization Mr Jeffery Labovitz gave the indication when he paid a courtesy visit on the Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq on Tuesday in Abuja.


Labovitz who commended the Ministry for its intervention in reaching out to Internally Displacement Persons in Nigeria  states that IOM’s global responsibility is to support  in camp coordination and camp management responsibilities across the country.

“We recognize the great energy you bring and the challenges in assisting  people at different locations. We have a good team and I hope that we can work together. Our priority is to visit the affected camps in the North East and see what the activities entail. We have a great responsibility to support the government of Nigeria”.

In her response, the Minister thanked the Director for his visit to Nigeria despite the pandemic.
Farouq stated that in delivering all aspects of the ministry’s mandate the International Organization for Migration plays a strategic role. 


The ministry’s mandate she enumerated to include developing humanitarian policies and providing effective coordination of National and International humanitarian interventions and ensuring strategic disaster mitigation as well as entrenching  better management of migration in Nigeria.

“Let me use this opportunity to acknowledge your efforts and contribution in delivering humanitarian response in the North East.
“IOM has been a great partner. We are faced with issues of Irregular Migration, human trafficking and internal displacement.
So she expressed appreciation to the IOM for delivering humanitarian responses especially in the North Eastern part of this country where we have the major humanitarian challenge.

“The issue of camp decongestion is an issue the ministry is taking very seriously and I recall in a meeting with the Chief of Mission,  and his team, we stated clearly that the Ministry is focused on durable solutions in order to do away with these camps as much as possible. Therefore we look forward to working with IOM and other relevant partners in implementing plans targeted at decongestion of the camps”.

The Minister said  that the decongestion program is an important issue which the ministry  is working hard to provide durable solutions.

“ The  program is an integral aspect of our approach to Transition and Nexus. The North East Development Commision was created specifically to focus on early recovery of the North East by supporting them through re-settlement , rehabilitation and reconstruction of the destroyed communities.
“We look forward to working with you and other relevant partners in implementing these plans, in order to decongest the camps because they can only be resettled when these areas are safe for them to be returned with dignity.

“We are working towards utilizing humanitarian, development and peace nexus approach in developing national strategies that guarantee coherence, peace and stability.
This she said expedient especially as the country is now facing security challenges in the North West region of Nigeria. “We welcome support in developing the strategy as well as strengthening the capacity of the existing National and state interventions especially in the North West”.

The  Director who was accompanied by the Chief of Mission Mr Franze Celestin will visit Bama and Dikwa communities in Borno state on Wednesday to ascertain the state of the IDP camps.

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At last Biden clinches victory, Defeats Trump to become 46th American President

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At last Biden clinches victory, Defeats Trump to become 46th American President

The presidential candidate of the Democratic Party Joe Biden has clinched the 2020 presidential election vinctory, the Associated Press projected Saturday, sending President Trump to a bitter defeat four years after he shocked the world by winning the White House with a victory over Hillary Clinton.

Biden crossed the 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College on Saturday after the AP called Pennsylvania for him. He was also able to capture Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona, states that Trump carried in 2016.

Other states remain too close to call, and the Trump campaign has filed multiple lawsuits to contest the legitimacy of certain ballots. The fate of those challenges was obscured Thursday after Biden was projected to have won the Electoral College.

Biden now holds the record for the most number of votes cast for any presidential candidate in history — more than 73 million — shattering the previous mark (69,500,000) set by Barack Obama in 2008. He leads Trump by nearly 4 million votes nationwide.

The former vice president, who turns 78 this month, won his bid for the White House on his third attempt, becoming the oldest person ever elected president in the U.S. His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is the first Black woman and first Asian American elected vice president in U.S. history.

Trump, however, has signaled that he is not likely to concede defeat quickly. In a Wednesday tweet, the president declared without evidence that he had won in Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina.

“We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead,” Trump wrote in tweets that were quickly flagged on Twitter as containing disputed or misleading election information. “Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact, there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!”

Hours earlier, the Trump campaign announced it would seek a recount in Wisconsin, another state the AP said Biden had won.

On Thursday, as it became clear that his early lead in states like Pennsylvania and Georgia was eroding as more ballots were tabulated, Trump posted a dramatic tweet that read, “STOP THE COUNT!”

Then in a White House speech without precedent in American history, Trump flailed at the media, pollsters, election officials, mail-in voting, judges and Democrat-led U.S. cities Thursday evening, as his rival Joe Biden continued to inch toward a win in the 2020 election.

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said, though no state allows the counting of illegally cast votes. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.”

The president portrayed the counting of legally cast mail-in ballots as improper — an assault on American democracy by the president himself.

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