THE UNITED NATIONS (UN) ON THURSDAY SAID THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE #ENDSARS PROTESTS IN NIGERIA.
Secretary-General António Guterres, commended the government’s decision to undertake “broader reforms” in the Nigeria Police.
Guterres spoke through his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, in New York.
The UN chief said he was prepared to “accompany Nigeria in those efforts”.
He welcomed the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and urged the government to undertake broader police reforms.
The world body urged the country’s security forces to exercise “maximum restraint” in their response.
“The Secretary-General is following the protests in Nigeria calling for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and an end to human rights violations allegedly committed by security agencies. Cc:@DailypostNg
Deadly attack in Nice sends France into further shock
An attacker with a knife killed at least three people and wounded several others at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, French officials said, in an incident the city’s mayor described as an act of “terrorism”.
Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the attacker had been arrested. French media said the suspect was in hospital.
Estrosi said one of the victims was killed in “horrible” way, “like the professor” – an apparent reference to the attack on French teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in broad daylight earlier this month.
The exact motive of the attack was unclear.
The incident comes amid growing tensions between France and the Muslim world over French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent speech wherein he said Islam was in “crisis”, and amid renewed public support in France for the right to show caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
The caricatures, which are deeply offensive to Muslims, are part of a renewed debate on freedom of expression after Paty’s killing.
Ankhi Das: Facebook India’s policy head quits amid hate speech row
Facebook India’s policy head Ankhi Das has resigned two months after the social media giant was embroiled in a hate speech controversy in the country.
The Wall Street Journal had accused Facebook of going easy on ruling party supporters who allegedly violated hate speech rules with anti-Muslim posts.
The paper also alleged that Ms Das had made the controversial decisions and was politically partisan.
Facebook denied the allegations and said it did not favour any party.
But the row put the company in a delicate position in its biggest market. Its head of business for India, Ajit Mohan, was later grilled by an Indian parliamentary committee.
Mr Mohan said in a statement on Tuesday that Ms Das had stepped down from her role in Facebook to pursue “her interest in public service”.
He added that Ms Das, who was one of the company’s first employees in India, had “played an instrumental role” in its growth and had made “enormous contributions”.
She made headlines in August when a Wall Street Journal report alleged that Facebook deleted some anti-Muslim posts by a lawmaker from the governing Bharatiya Janata Party only after the paper asked about them.
Ms Das was at the centre of the controversy as she allegedly made the decision not to delete these posts.
According to the paper, Ms Das told employees that “punishing violations by politicians from Mr Modi’s [Prime Minister Narendra Modi] party would damage the company’s business prospects in the country”.
The paper also alleged that similar posts by at least three others, who supported the BJP, were not taken down even after they were flagged for violating the company’s hate speech rules.
Ms Das was then the subject of a second report by the WSJ, which alleged that she supported the BJP and Mr Modi, while denigrating the opposition parties in internal messages.
Facebook, however, denied it favoured any political party, and said these messages were taken out of context.
Philadelphia rocked by fresh unrest after police shooting
Hundreds of protesters in Philadelphia have marched through the city for a second night, demanding racial justice after police fatally shot a black man.
The family of Walter Wallace, 27, say he was suffering a mental health crisis when officers opened fire on him.
Police say they shot him because he wouldn’t drop a knife he was holding.
Police reinforcements as well as the National Guard have been deployed. Officials say 30 officers were hurt during the first night of clashes.
The city’s police have also accused protesters of looting and ransacking businesses during the unrest.
Mr Wallace had bipolar disorder, and his wife told officers this before they shot him, a lawyer representing his family said.
On Tuesday night, the marches began peacefully but became more confrontational as the evening drew on.
Officers in riot gear arrived in squad cars, on bicycles and on buses, and used their bikes to shove protesters back from barricade lines.
Police also warned residents to stay away from the riverfront Port Richmond district as widespread looting occurred.
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