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The United Nations has criticised the creation of the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) by the Nigeria Police Force, the high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet has said. In a statement, the U.N high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet noted that the police swiftly created SWAT without addressing some of the root causes of police violence and putting in place sufficient safeguards to prevent it reoccurrence. The new squad was established to replace...

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres says he welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to undertake “broader reforms” in the Nigeria Police Force following the #EndSARS protests. Speaking through his spokesman, Mr Stephane Dujarric, in New York on Thursday, Guterres said the UN was ready to “accompany Nigeria in those efforts”. While noting that he was keenly following the ongoing protests, the UN chief urged the country’s security forces to exercise “maximum restraint” in their response. “The Secretary-General...

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed door with the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okonjo-Iweala contesting for the position of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). She has already emerged as one of the final two candidates for the position. NAN reports that the agenda between the president and Okonjo-Iweala was...

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has announced Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as one of the finalists in the run for director-general election. Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea was shortlisted alongside Okonjo-Iweala as the second candidate in the final. Both emerged from a shortlist of five which was selected from a pool of eight candidates. At every stage of the election, member countries are required to choose a preferred candidate. David Walker, the ambassador from New...

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The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Edward Kallon has disclosed that nineteen Resident UN agencies are willing to support the state government through funds and programmes in addressing various challenges through an integrated approach that builds on each agency’s comparative advantage. Kallon who revealed this when he led a delegation on a courtesy call on Governor Ahamdu Umaru Finitir at the Government House, Yola, explained that the visit to the state is to...

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Top officials of the United Nations have decried rising armed attacks on education, with a call for immediate and strong preventative actions. UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the President of the General Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande made the call on Wednesday. They spoke at a virtual event commemorating the first International Day to Protect Education from Attack. In his speech, Guterres emphasised that education, besides being a fundamental human right, is fundamental to peace and development....

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The United Nations (UN) says it has launched investigation into a viral video showing a couple apparently having sex in one of its official cars in Israel. Spokesman of the Secretary-General, Mr Stephane Dujarric, told UN correspondents in New York on Friday that the organisation was “shocked and deeply disturbed” by the footage. Dujarric confirmed that the video featured a 4×4 vehicle, containing personnel “likely assigned to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO)”. The short...

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for restraint and social cohesion as violent protests grow across the United States over police brutality. Guterres’ spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, conveyed his message while addressing UN correspondents on Monday. “The situation we are seeing today we have seen in different parts of the world before. “Grievances must be heard, but they must be expressed in peaceful ways, and authorities must show restraint in responding to demonstrators,” he said....

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The United Nations has warned of possible war crimes in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The warning came in a report released by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) on Wednesday. It blamed militia mostly from the ethnic Lendu community in the region for barbaric acts such as “widespread and systematic killings, beheadings and rape,” among others. UNJHRO said the atrocities might constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. According to...

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that divisions and hatred still existed globally, 75 years after the Second World War. Guterres stated this on Friday in a video message to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the conflict, which claimed millions of lives. He said the coronavirus pandemic was aggravating the situation, fuelling “new efforts to divide people and spread hatred”. “Our world is still suffering the impact of conflict. “Even during the current COVID-19 crisis, we...

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