The Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state indefinitely. This was announced in a press statement by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, on Monday. It quoted the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.” Adefisayo added that “the safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period”.
Hundreds of youths on Monday protested the alleged death of a 17-year-old boy, Seifuela Dahiru in the custody of Kano police authorities. They alleged that Dahiru was killed on Sunday night by men of the Nigeria Police Force. Seifuela, a resident of the Kofa Mata area of Kano, was reportedly watching movies on his mobile phone on Sunday night when some police officers arrested him. A brother of the deceased, Musa Dahiru, said, “My brother was about to sleep when police stormed the area and arrested him. This (Monday) morning, the Police contacted us (family members) to come and carry his dead body at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital.” He said the late Seifuela, who was into laundry business, had no history of any criminal offence. When contacted, the Kano Police Command spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, said “the police has commenced investigations into the incident”, promising to brief newsmen in due course.
President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Dr Clinton Jaja. His sack which was with immediate effect was conveyed in a letter signed by the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata, SAN. The letter, dated 15 October, did not disclose any reason for his removal from office. The sack was an interesting turn of events as Jaja had sought the suspension of NCC Director-General, John Asein. The former chairman wrote to the President on 22 September asking him to suspend and investigate the DG. Five board members subsequently dissociated themselves from the action. They told Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami that they never endorsed Jaja’s move and that he acted on his own. Media reports say Jaja has had a running spat with Asien, accusing the board of shielding him, while lauding his strong stance against “certain corrupt staff, officials and board members”.
President Donald Trump announced on Monday the United States would remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as soon as Khartoum sets aside $335 million for payments for American victims and their families. The deal could also set in motion steps by Sudan toward establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, following similar U.S.-brokered moves in recent weeks by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The details and timing were still being worked out, according to a source. Though Trump made no mention of Israel in his tweet announcing the breakthrough with Sudan, rapprochement between Israel and another Arab country would give Trump a new diplomatic achievement as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3. Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism dates to its toppled ruler Omar al-Bashir and makes it difficult for its transitional government to access urgently needed debt relief and foreign financing. Just minutes after Trump’s statement, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok tweeted: “Thank you so much, President Trump! We very much look forward to your official notification to Congress rescinding the designation of Sudan as a state-sponsor of terrorism, which has cost Sudan too much.” The UAE and fellow Gulf state Bahrain in September became the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to sign agreements to have formal ties with Israel, forged largely through shared fears of Iran.