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Some civil society groups in Kenya have threatened to protest against the restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus.

Recall that President Uhuru Kenyatta had last week placed a ban on all inland travel in and out of five counties, including the capital Nairobi, to curb a surge of Covid-19 cases. He also banned the sale of alcohol in these areas and restricted restaurants from providing takeaways.

The groups said they would take to the streets on Saturday if the restrictions were not lifted.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced plans to begin a nationwide protest on Wednesday with its allies over moves by the National Assembly to remove the National Minimum Wage from the Exclusive to the concurrent Legislative List.

The umbrella labor union said this in a notice sent to reporters on Tuesday in Abuja by its Head of Information and Protocol, Benson Upah.

“The NLC and its allies will on March 10, 2021, embark on a nationwide protest against attempts by some elements in the National Assembly to remove the National Minimum Wage from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List. In Abuja, it will mobilize from the Unity Fountain at 7:30 a.m to the National Assembly on March 10,” they stated.

While adding that the protest will hold in the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly.

One person has been confirmed dead after South African police have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse students at the University of Witwatersrand, who are demanding changes to the registration and financial aid policies.

Although it’s unclear if it was a student or passer-by.

The students, in Johannesburg, have been protesting since Monday, blocking roads and causing general disruption over alleged financial exclusion by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said it was looking into the incident.

“The Directorate has dispatched four investigation officers to probe the allegations, the team will also cordon the crime scene and conduct the investigation including locating the person with the video footage, identify eyewitnesses, etc, IPID will ensure the body is protected and carried safe to the mortuary,” it said in a statement.

The Women of Umueri in the Anambra East Local Government Area have protested against the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano for grabbing their land.

The women protested naked at the site of the Anambra airport project. The supposed land which was originally mapped out by the Umueri community for the airport project is now being shared among government officials in parcels while a separate expanse of land was grabbed by the state government for the airport project that would soon be commissioned.

Mr. Uchenna Ndumanya, the spokesperson of the protesting women, described the development as unfortunate. He said: “We are the people of Ifite Umueri. We are the people that donated land to the Anambra State Government for the airport during the administration of Dr. Chris Ngige, about 14 years ago.

“When we donated the land we gave them about 729.66 hectares but now they have left that particular place we donated to them and just encroached into our individual land. They are now encroaching into about 1901 hectares, about three times of what we gave them. We had our first protest on the matter in 2019. And since then nothing has been done.”

He also said that the women were protesting so that the world would hear their cries so they will not become refugees in their own community

The organizers of the EndSARS protests to be held at the Lekki tollgate have added the ban on cryptocurrency amidst other reasons why the protest must hold. 

In a press statement on Thursday titled ‘EndSARS Season 2; Why we will #OccupyLekkiTollGate on Saturday —Campaigners’, the reason for the protest is linked to the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel probing the alleged killings of protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Oct. 20, 2020. 

The organizers of the protest have also shown no concern for the warnings of security operatives and counter-protesters.  

According to the statement, “After commiting genocide by killing scores of people who were peacefully protesting at Lekki Tollgate and other parts of Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu and other oppressors wants to spit on the dead and dance on the blood of the innocent by reopening the yahoo gate to be collecting their blood money as again.

We say NO! We are undaunted! We will be occupying Lekki Tollgate again starting from Saturday February 13. We urge all well-meaning Nigerians to storm back all the barricades as our rulers have shown that they can never change. Since the #EndSARS, they are yet to effect any of the promises. Police brutality is still raging and SARS is still operating.

Despite overwhelming and highly compelling evidence showing how several protesters were shot by the military, no single military personnel has been brought to book.

Deaths have been established and many victims of the Lekki shootings have surfaced, yet neither the victims nor families of our deceased colleagues have got justice.

After close to five months of sitting, the judicial panel meant to inquire into the Lekki massacre has refused to deliver justice to victims of the massacre most of whom have either lost their limbs due to gun wounds or have become deceased.

Government has refused to provide employment for young people, yet they went ahead to ban the most promising source of income of young people; cryptocurrency.

Nigerians are extremely poorer and yet the cost of food is on the high side with increased cost of electricity that only produces darkness. Petrol price is being increased as marketers want it at #190 per litre.

Nigerians are no longer secured in any part of the country; when they are not being harassed or extrajudicially murdered by police, they are being kidnapped, mimed and killed by bandits.

Today, the life of cows has become more valuable than those of Nigerians even as our streets and communities have fallen to the rule of kidnappers and bandits.

It is to this end that we call on you all to come out enmasse to demand not just justice for victims and fallen heroes of the October 20 killings but that all involved in this heinous criminality be brought to book. Come out to demand the right to life and to exist in a country that respects our rights as citizens, abhors police brutality/extrajudicial killings, provides us with security, decent jobs with good wages and other such socio-economic rights that come with being a citizen.”

The Sudanese government declared curfew in three states in light of widespread popular protests against hard living conditions and lack of security in some areas.

The protests broke out on Tuesday in Nyala, capital of South Darfur state, and other parts of Sudan over the rising cost of living.The demonstrations were sparked by sharp increases in the costs of main ingredients for making bread.

No to high prices, no to hunger,” protesters chanted, as police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators.

The protesters hurled stones at police and set several shops on fire in the main market. They hurled stones at the municipality building and set tyres on fire on main streets.

Similar demonstrations were held in other regions like Red sea city of Port Sudan and North Kordofan state in which a state of emergency has been declared  to protect the lives of citizens and their properties. The curfew will last from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. (1600GMT until 0400GMT).

A number of suspected internet fraudsters popularly known as; Yahoo boys, on Tuesday morning stormed Ilesha/Osogbo road, Osun State, to protest alleged incessant arrest by Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

Eyewitnesses disclosed that they made bonfires on the major road and blocked the Osogbo/Ilesa road which rendered motorists using the road to be stranded as no vehicle was allowed to pass.

The spokesperson of Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, Osun Command, Daniel Adigun confirmed the protest.