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UN pledges support for Nigeria as millions endure humanitarian crisis

In Damasak, on the border with Niger, Griffiths heard from some women and families displaced by the violence. They told him of their hopes to return home.

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), has concluded a four-day visit to Nigeria.
Griffiths saw first-hand, the humanitarian situation and response in the North-East, promising to raise international awareness about the crisis and bring attention to battles around Lake Chad.

Legal news

SERAP Petitions UN Over ‘Vicious Assault’ On Justice Mary Odili, Seeks Independent Probe Of Incident

Group has urged Mr. Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, to “put pressure on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct a credible, thorough, impartial, independent, transparent, and effective investigation into the vicious assault on Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili by rogue officials”.

The group urged him to “ask the Nigerian government to ensure that any investigation into the assault is based on human rights principles, and protected from undue influence

SERAP petition followed the recent invasion of Justice Odili’s Abuja residence by armed personnel.


Elon Musk vows to immediately contribute $6b to help world hunger if the UN can prove how it can be done

Elon Musk vows to immediately contribute $6b to help world hunger if the UN can prove how it can be done

The world’s richest man, Elon Musk has promised to sell stocks of his company Tesla and contribute $6b to the United Nations if the body can prove that the money will end world hunger.
Last week, the director of the United Nation’s World Food Programme said if the world’s top billionaires just donated a fraction of their worth, millions of people who are at risk of starving to death can be saved.

David Beasley, director of the UN World Food Programme, said on CNN last week that a “one-time” donation from the top 400 billionaires, whose net worths are ever growing, in the U.S. could help save the lives of 42 million people this year.
“The world’s in trouble and you’re telling me you can’t give me .36% of your net worth increase to help the world in trouble, in times like this?” he said
“What if it was your daughter starving to death? What if it was your family starving to death? Wake up, smell the coffee, and help.” Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX who has an estimated net worth of $151 billion, according to Forbes, has now replied to a tweet questioning the group’s figures.


UN Warns Nigeria, Kenya Over Alleged Torture and Violation Of Fundamental Human Rights

UN Warns Nigeria, Kenya Over Alleged Torture and Violation Of Fundamental Human Rights.

The United Nations, UN, has issued ‘Urgent Appeals” to both the Nigerian and Kenyan Governments, demanding immediate stoppage of any torture or violation of rights committed against the detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
This came as the IPOB, yesterday, told the federal government of Nigeria that the alleged illegal rendition of its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will not weaken the group but will rather destroy Nigeria.

IPOB disclosed this in reply to the statement credited to the Senior Special Assistant Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Garba Shehu that conviction of Mazi Kanu will lead to the end of IPOB agitation.

UN’s “Urgent Appeals” to Nigeria and Kenya according to a statement by Kanunta have been transmitted to both countries since August 26 and acknowledgement received from the Nigeria’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York on September 17.

The statement made available to NAN Tuesday read in part:”In particular, the said Urgent Appeals state in part that the United Nations is “alarmed by the alleged torture and ill-treatment Mr. Kanu has been subjected to during his illegal custody in Kenya.
The UN intervention followed a petition to the UN by Kanu’s brother, Kanunta Kanu ; and his Special counsel, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor.

Metro news

Spain vows to outlaw prostitution as it’s revealed 300,000 women engage in the trade

Spain vows to outlaw prostitution as it

Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez has pledged to criminalise prostitution in the country.

Speaking to supporters at the end of his Socialist Party’s three-day congress in Valencia on Sunday, October 17, Sánchez vowed to move ahead with a pledge to outlaw prostitution that was part of his leftist party’s election manifesto in 2019