The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has said the total public debts of Nigeria would hit ₦38 trillion by December 2021. The Minister stated this in her presentation to the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts. The Minister said, ” The total public debt stock comprising the External and Homes debts of the Federal and state governments and the Federal Capital Territory stood at ₦31.01 trillion ($85.90 billion) as at June 30, 2020. “It is projected, based on existing approval, to rise to ₦32.51 trillion by December 31, 2020, and ₦38.68 trillion by December 31, 2021.”
The Lekki Concession Company, operators of the Lekki Toll Gate has submitted video footage recorded by its surveillance cameras on the night of 20 October when soldiers opened fire on #EndSARS protesters. The LCC’s Managing Director, Abayomi Omomuwa, submitted the video footage on Tuesday to the judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki shootings as well as complaints of human rights abuses against members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Tendering the video footage to the panel, Omomuwa said, “I can confirm that inside here is the video footage that our surveillance camera was able to record for the 20th of October.” Explaining why the camera stopped working, Omomuwa said, “The major cause is because of the network. I can confirm categorically we never, ever, tampered with the surveillance camera. That is why we can get the footage. It remained there until about 8 pm when it was tampered with and we couldn’t get anything.”
The FG has denied generating a ‘no-fly’ list of youths and persons who participated in the recent #EndSARS protests against police brutality. The Federal Ministry of Interior made this known in a tweet on Tuesday in reaction to media reports. The publication alleged that the Nigerian authorities have started collating a no-fly list of Nigerians that helped organise the #EndSARS protest last month. Reacting on the ministry’s Twitter account, the statement said, “The Ministry of Interior did not, has not and will not generate any no-fly list. Ignore fake news, please!” This denial comes on the heels of news that the Nigeria Immigration Service on Monday prevented a prominent #EndSARS facilitator, Modupe Odele from leaving the country. Although the officers did not disclose the reason for their action, there is wide suspicion that the action was taken because of her alleged role in the protests. She had offered free legal aid services to persons who were arrested during the demonstrations. A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, said she has written to the National Security Adviser, Babagana Mungono, over the matter.
Malawi said on Tuesday it will open a full embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, becoming the first African country to do so in the contested city. In a video statement during a visit to Israel, Malawi Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka called the decision a “bold and significant step”. He congratulated Israel on its budding relations with Arab and Muslim states under U.S.-brokered deals, including new ties with Sudan. Israel has hailed its rapprochement with the Muslim world as the start of a “new era” in the region. Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said alongside Mkaka: “I look forward to your embassy opening soon, and I’m sure that more African leaders will follow this decision.” The embassy is expected to open by the summer of 2021, the Israeli foreign ministry said. Israel regards all of Jerusalem as its capital, although that is not recognised by most countries. Palestinians seek the city’s east, which Israel captured in a 1967 war, as the capital of a future state. Given the city’s disputed status and sensitivity in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, most countries that have embassies in Israel have opened them in Tel Aviv, its commercial capital. Guatemala moved its embassy to Jerusalem soon after the United States became the first country to commit to a Jerusalem embassy. Honduras has said it aims to do the same by the end of 2020 with Brazil and the Dominican Republican said to be considering the move.