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Nigeria: Lawmakers pledges commitment to fight drug abuse in Katsina state.

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Katsina State House of Assembly says it is committed to enacting and amending the relevant laws that will curtail drug trafficking, abuse and consumption in the state.

Abubakar Kusada, the Speaker of the Assembly, made this known in Daura on Monday when he addressed hundreds of people at the naming ceremony in the residence of Mal. Nasir Yahaya,



The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), reports that Yahaya is a member representing Daura constituency in the Assembly.

He described the rampant instances of drug abuse as unfortunate, saddening and pathetic, stressing that the Assembly was determined to collaborate with NDLEA, Police and other stakeholders in checking the menace.

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Kusada further assured that the Assembly would not relent in enacting laws that would propel the socio-economic development of the state.

He urged parents and stakeholders to support to the collective efforts to rid the state of the activities of drug barons and consumers.

On governance, the speaker described the working relationship between the executive and legislature in the state as exceptionally cordial, adding that the development had enhanced the rapid socio-economic progress of the state.

”We all benefit from the wisdom and tenacious support of one another,” he said.

In a related development, the speaker has commended the peaceful nature of the recent All Progressives Congress (APC) Ward and Local Government Congresses in the state.

The state has the 360 electoral wards and in the 34 local government areas.

He expressed optimism that APC would sweep elections in all the future elections without rancour, intimidation or suppression of voters.

Kusada advised the electorate to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), to enable them vote for the candidates of their choice.

He said without PVCs, a voter would deny himself or herself the voting right during elections.

NAN reports that Katsina State Government is in partnership with an Abuja-based NGO,Peace Builders Security Concepts, on how to address the menace of drug abuse and addiction.

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UN reports about 900 fatalities in DR Congo’s ethnic violence.

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The united nations report that at least 890 people were killed in over just 3 days in ethnic violence in western DRC in mid-december.

The UN Human Rights Office reports the violence took place in four villages between Banunu and Batende communities.



The UN however warns the death toll could be higher. But there seems to be conflicting death tolls for the violence.

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A local priest and a civil society activist earlier in the week said at least 400 people had died in bloodshed that even led to the government canceling voting in last month’s presidential polls.

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The UN insists that 890 is the number of people known to have been buried.

The recent attack from the ethnic clashes in Yumbi, Mai-Ndombe Province allegedly started when members of the Banunu tribe wanted to bury one of their traditional chiefs on Batende land.

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Britain, UN worry over Internet shutdown in Zimbabwe.

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In the wake of deadly protests against a fuel price hike, and an ongoing internet shutdown in Zimbabwe, the United Nations has urged the government to stop “excessive use of force” by security forces including firing live ammunition.

The government has said three people died during demonstrations that broke out on Monday after President Emmerson Mnangagwa raised fuel prices by 150 percent.

Lawyers and activists say the toll was much higher and that security forces used violence and carried out mass arrests to quell the unrest.



The internet was cut off earlier this week, with critics saying the government sought to prevent images of its heavy-handedness in dealing with protesters from being broadcast around the world.

Leading mobile operator Econet Wireless said the government had ordered it to shut down services.

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“We were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice,” Econet said in a statement.

“Our lawyers advised that we are required to comply with the directive pending the court’s decision on its legality.”

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Friday’s fuller internet shutdown also affected emails.

Due to the shutdown, Harare banks were providing only partial services and no cash machines were working, a witness said, while long queues formed at petrol stations and shops.

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