UN sacked a top official after condemning the rocket fired against Israel.

A senior United Nations official lost her job after condemning the Palestinian Islamic Jihad for indiscriminate rocket fire against Israel in the recent flareup between Israel and the Gaza-based terrorist group.

Sarah Muscroft served as the head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory before losing her position.

Muscroft’s public rebuke of the PIJ rocket fire had noted that the safety of all civilians is paramount.

Relieved to see a ceasefire agreed upon, ending hostilities impacting both Palestinians and Israeli civilians.

Such indiscriminate rocket fire of Islamic Jihad provoking Israeli retaliation is condemned. The safety of all civilians is paramount the ceasefire must be upheld, Muscroft had tweeted.

Muscroft’s condemnation met with a backlash from pro-Palestinian social media activists.

Yara Hawari, a self-described Palestinian academic, writer and senior policy analyst, called Muscroft’s comment a disgusting distortion of reality from the head of OCHA in Palestine.

The Israeli regime admits to conducting what it calls pre-emptive attacks which started with firing a missile at a residential building. Well done, Sarah, you’ve managed to be more Israeli than the Israelis.

Following the backlash, Muscroft issued an apology.

One of my previous tweets was ill-informed and I have deleted it. I sincerely apologize for my poor judgment. All civilians everywhere must be able to live in peace, she tweeted.

Despite her apology and the erasure of her earlier tweet, Muscroft was fired and her Twitter account was closed down.

Hillel Neuer, executive director for UN Watch, a human rights NGO and a U.N. watchdog that reports on the absurdities of the international body, observed that nothing appeases the angry Twitter mob.

Muscroft’s groveling [sic] apology for having rightly condemned the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization firing 1,100 rockets aimed at Israelis, of which 200 misfired into Gaza killing their own people failed to appease the angry mob. They never do. Now she deleted her account, Neuer tweeted.

Neuer noted that a similar occurrence took place last year, when an official of UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, made a factual point about the precision strikes of the Israel Defense Forces on Hamas.

Likewise, last year, UNRWA’s Matthias Schmale said IDF strikes on Hamas were precise. Hamas protested, so UNRWA fired him.

UNRWA Deputy Chief Leni Stenseth met with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, ‘affirmed her solidarity’ and called Schmale’s words ‘indefensible, Neuer tweeted.

The U.N.’s policy is crystal clear: any official who dares to publicly defy the false narrative of Hamas and Islamic Jihad will be removed, he said.

Schmale’s employees and the Gaza-based Hamas terror group perceived his comments after last May’s conflict as praise for the IDF.

After being fired, he was reassigned to work for the U.N. in Nigeria. NPR asked Schmale later whether he regretted his comments, and even after being fired, Schmale appeared apologetic about what he had said.

Yes and no. The controversial interview you are referring to on Israeli television happened a day after the war stopped. So I was tired, you know; I had given, I think, 70 interviews by then, and I wish I had put the points I was trying to make more clearly.

I don’t think the substance of what I said was wrong, but I should have articulated it more clearly, he said.

What I had in mind was one image, he said.

There was one house leveled to the ground in a sea of houses. You can hardly put a millimeter between the houses. The remaining houses around this one that was bombed were more or less intact.

It’s incredible how they could take down a house in a sea of houses with such precision, Schmale told NPR.

But in that house were 10 civilians, eight children and two women, including five children who went to one of our schools. So how could anyone think that I was justifying that by calling that a precise strike?

Meanwhile, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres protesting Muscroft’s dismissal and referred to Schmale’s case as well.

This norm effectively grants the Palestinian players and the local U.N. staff an ‘unwritten veto’ over U.N. statements, and stands in clear contradiction with the basic principles of objectivity and neutrality that the UN claims to hold, Erdan said.

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Peter Obi officially petitions Presidential Election Tribunal

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi has formally submitted a petition challenging the process leading to the outcome of the Presidential Election held on February 28, 2023.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had announced Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the election after which it declared him President-Elect.

Chief Spokesman of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign of the Labour Party, Dr. Yunusa Tanko announced the submission of the petition in a short message to Vanguard, in the early hours of Tuesday.

He wrote, “It is official the Labor Party Presidential candidate Peter OBI has filed his petition to the presidential elections tribunal in Abuja. The process of reclaiming the people’s mandate has started.”

Just in: IGP orders movement restriction on election day

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement during the governorship and house of assembly elections on Saturday.

This is contained in a statement signed Thursday by the force’s spokesperson Muyiwa Ade

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The restriction will take effect from 12 am to 6 pm.

“Sequel to the forthcoming Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly elections scheduled to hold on the 18th of march, 2023, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, CFR, has ordered the restriction of all forms of vehicular movement on roads, waterways, and other forms of transportation, from 12 am to 6 pm on election day in all states where elections will be conducted with the exception of those on essential services such as INEC Officials, Electoral Observers, Accredited Media and Observers, Ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, etc.

This directive excludes the Federal Capital Territory as no election is being conducted therein.

“Similarly, the IGP reiterates the ban on all security aides to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election.

“State-established and owned security outfits/organizations, quasi-security units, and privately-owned guard and security outfits are also barred from participating in election security management.

“The Inspector General of Police, therefore, urges all citizens to be law-abiding during and after the elections even as he assures that all necessary security arrangements have been emplaced to ensure they exercise their franchise unhindered,” the statement partly readtheir



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CBN Governor finally bows to pressure, says old naira notes legal tender


Exactly 10 days after the Supreme Court judgement mandated the use of old N,1000 and N500 notes as legal tender till December 31, 2023, the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, on Monday bowed to pressure and officially ordered commercial banks to comply with the court verdict.

He also announced that the old N200, N500 and N1,000 would remain legal tender till the end of the year.

Emefiele said the decision followed a meeting with the Bankers’  Committee that held on Sunday.

The development has put an end to the confusion over the legality of the old naira notes. The action is also expected to ameliorate the suffering of Nigerians who have faced severe hardships over the scarcity of new naira notes amid the controversial ban on the old notes.

The acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin, disclosed the latest development in a statement titled, ‘Old N200, N500, and N1,000 banknotes remain legal tender – CBN’.

The statement read, “In compliance with the established tradition of obedience to court orders and sustenance of the rule of law principle that characterised the government of President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and by extension, the operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria, as a regulator, Deposit Money Banks operating in Nigeria have been directed to comply with the Supreme Court ruling of March 3, 2023.

“Accordingly, the CBN met with the Bankers’ Committee and has directed that the old N200, N500 and N1,000 banknotes remain legal tender alongside the redesigned banknotes till December 31, 2023. Consequently, all concerned are directed to conform accordingly.”

Earlier on Monday, the Nigerian Bar Association and Nigeria Labour Congress had berated the Federal Government and the CBN for failing to obey the Supreme Court judgment on the old naira notes.

On Sunday, the Arewa Consultative Forum in a statement said Buhari’s failure to obey the Supreme Court would tarnish the reputation of his regime.

The NBA came down hard on the President and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for failing to obey the Supreme Court judgment.

The Supreme Court had in its March 3 judgment extended the legal tender status of the old N200, N500, and N1,000 notes until December 31.

However, the AGF and the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele refused to comply with the order despite pressure from Nigerians. Their actions also encouraged commercial banks to reject the old notes as legal tender.

Worried by the development, state governments involved in the suit threatened to file contempt charges against the two officials on Tuesday (today) should they fail to obey the apex court order.

In the judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the Supreme Court held that Buhari breached the constitution in the manner he issued directives for the naira notes

The seven-man panel also slammed the President over his February 16 broadcast in which he said only the N200 note should remain legal tender in flagrant violation of the restraining order made by the apex court.

Justice Agim stated, “The rule of law upon which our democratic governance is founded becomes illusory if the President of the country or any authority or person refuses to obey the orders of courts. The disobedience of orders of courts by the President in a constitutional democracy as ours is a sign of the failure of the constitution and that democratic governance has become a mere pretension and is now replaced by autocracy or dictatorship.”

NBA’s commitment

Speaking on the continued disobedience of the Supreme Court, the NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau, SAN, on Monday warned that the bar would resist any action undermining the rule of law, constitution and democracy in the country.

The seven-page statement was titled, ‘’Statement of the NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau, SAN, on the naira redesign policy: Demand for compliance with the judgment of the Supreme Court in suit no.: SC/CV/162/2023 Between Attorney-General of Kaduna State and nine others vs Attorney-General of the Federation and two others delivered on March 3, 2023.

Citing several paragraphs of the Supreme Court verdict which berated the President for disregarding the orders, the NBA said it was sad and disheartening that the Federal Government and its agency, the CBN remained adamant about the plight of Nigerians which was a direct consequence of the implementation of the naira redesign policy in spite of several interventions for its review.

The body of lawyers noted, “Regrettably, not even the clear findings by the Supreme Court as to the unfair and deceptive nature of the policy could make the Federal Government retrace its steps

The Supreme Court has by this judgment proven to be the Supreme Court of the people of Nigeria,’’ the bar association further noted, stating that whenever public confidence in the other arms of government begins to wane, the legal profession, in particular the judiciary, must rise to the occasion by delivering justice with such courage and precision to provide succour to the people.

‘’This is what the Supreme Court has done so boldly and courageously in this instance,’’ Maikyau further noted.

Quoting section 287 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to buttress its stand, the NBA stated, “The decisions of the Supreme Court shall be enforced in any part of the Federation by all authorities and persons, and by the court with subordinate jurisdiction to that of the Supreme Court.

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday, declared that Chijioke Edeoga remains his choice

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday, declared that Chijioke Edeoga remains his choice and that of the party for the governorship of Enugu State.

Obi, who spoke on a national television station monitored in Enugu, explained that there was no confusion over the party’s candidate.

His explanation came on the heels of a major member of the OBIdient movement, Aisha Yesufu, declaring support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state.

But the LP standard bearer said it was not every member of the OBIdient movement that belonged to LP, Yesufu inclusive.

He said different persons including non-partisan people supported, aggregated under the OBIdient and the Big Tent platforms and worked for the Obi-Datti Presidency.

Obi explained that such people reserved the freedom to support any governorship candidate of their choice but stated that LP members would support their party’s candidates.

“I know this thing is coming up because Aisha Yesufu tweeted about her preferred candidate in Enugu. But, Chijioke Edeoga is my candidate and candidate of the party in Enugu State. There are people who are not members of Labour Party that are of the OBIdient movement, these people like Aisha have the right to support any candidate. But Labour Party, our party, has Edeoga as candidate and he is my candidate; he deserves all the support,” Obi explained.

Court orders BVAS reset as INEC shifts guber polls to March 18

INEC: BVAS reconfiguration, transport logistics forced shift by one week
• Appeal Court grants Tinubu access to inspect BVAS for defence
• Atiku, Obi’s request to inspect election materials still in force
• Atiku inaugurates legal team
• Lawyers weigh in on reconfiguration verdict
• Lagos court orders INEC to upload results to IReV
• NBA tasks INEC to fix BVAS glitches before Saturday
• Afenifere: INEC illegally declared Tinubu as President-elect, Obi won

With barely 48 hours to the conduct of the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections, the Court of Appeal, yesterday, refused to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from reconfiguring the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines.

In the ruling delivered by a three-member panel, led by Justice Joseph Ikyegh, it held that restraining the Commission would constrain INEC from conducting the March 11 polls. The court, in a unanimous decision, held that stopping the electoral body from reconfiguring BVAS would adversely affect Saturday’s elections.

In an application, Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), had sought an order of the court “restraining INEC from tampering with the information embedded in the BVAS machines until the due inspection is conducted and Certified True Copies (CTC) of them issued.”

Earlier, Obi had stormed the court in company of LP National Chairman, Julius Abure, Anambra Central Senator-elect, Victor Umeh, among others, to witness the proceeding.

This is as INEC, last night, postponed the governorship and states Assembly elections slated for March 11 till March 18. The postponement followed the Appeal Court judgment that granted the request of the electoral body to reconfigure BVAS used for the February 25 presidential election.

According to INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, it will take the Commission five working days to reconfigure BVAS used in the 176,974 polling units where voting will take place for the election.

Tribunal has ordered the Independent INEC to TINUBU TO INSPECT ELECTORAL MATERIALS USED FOR THENCONDUCT OF THE POLL.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow winner of the February 25 presidential polls. Bola Tinubu, to inspect electoral materials used for the conduct of the  disputed election.

Tinubu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had on Tuesday,  filed an ex parte application urging the tribunal to allow him have access to the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System machines which were used in the conduct of the polls.

Ruling on the exparte application, a three-member panel of the tribunal led by Justice Joseph Ikyegh

 said “after reading the applicants motion exparte, I am satisfied that there is substance in the application. I accordingly grant him leave to inspect, scan and make photocopies of some of the electoral materials.”It is the intention of the President-elect, whose victory is being challenged, 

to inspect the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) machines and election results amongst others, in preparation for his defence against the election petitions to be filed by Atiku and Obi.

His counsel, Akintola Makinde, urged the tribunal to grant him leave “to inspect, scan and make photocopies of some of the electoral materials” to enable him prepare his defence against Atiku and Mr Obi’s challenge at the tribunal.

The materials, he stated, “will be relevant in helping us to prepare our defence and also make comparison with the information contained in INEC’s back-end server.”

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Kanu: Arsenal, not Man City‘ll win EPL title

Nigeria football legend, Nwankwo Kanu is optimistic about Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League title for the first time in over 15 years.

Speaking exclusively with SportingSun, Kanu noted though Arsenal and Manchester City are neck and neck in the title race, Mikel Arteta’s men have what it takes to beat the Manchester giants to the top.

At the moment the two teams are in brilliant form and doing well. If Arsenal keep on playing the way they are doing and be focused, they will be unstoppable for the title,” the former Arsenal star posited.

Kanu, a member of the ‘Invincibles’, the Arsenal side that finished the 2003/2004 season of the Premier League undefeated was quick to heap praises on the Gunners for last weekend’s triumph over Bournemouth, citing the win as evidence that Arsenal are in top form and brimming with confidence.

“I think Arsenal really did very well against Bournemouth to bounce back with that amazing 3-2 win on Saturday. It was a crucial victory for them. I am glad that the confidence in the team grows week in week out.

“Winning the league won’t be an easy task. It’s going to be a keenly contested match between the two teams but I have a feeling that Arsenal will win the title at the end of the day,” Kanu predicted.

Rejection of old notes disobedience to law and it weakens economy by Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has described rejection of old naira notes as flagrant disobedience to law, noting that rejecting the old currency notes will weaken the economy.

The governor disclosed this in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

Recall that the Supreme Court had ordered that the old currency notes must remain as legal tender in exchange of goods and services in the nation.

Akeredolu said, “It is therefore of great concern to me today, that a large section of our people in the state, particularly traders in our markets, taxi and bus drivers, barbers, auto mechanics and artisans are rejecting the old naira notes thereby inflicting and sustaining a needless pain on their fellow citizens and customers.

“I, therefore, wish to inform you that the rejection of the old one thousand naira, five hundred naira and two-hundred-naira notes by us will do us no good. It will stifle our local trade and business transactions, weaken our economy and cause us great harm and avoidable troubles,” he said.

He appealed to commercial banks to increase the circulation of all currencies at their disposals and devise a more effective way to relieve congestion in the banks.

The governor urged residents of the state to embrace and accept the old notes alongside the new notes as stipulated by law.

“I hereby use this opportunity to appeal to you all, my good people of Ondo state, to embrace and accept the old notes alongside the new notes as stipulated by law. Let us not create a needless tension over the matter. Please collect, spend and exchange the old notes without let or hindrance,” he added.

BREAKING: Many injured as train crushes Lagos govt staff bus

Uncountable number of people have been injured after a passenger train crushed a Lagos State Government staff bus on its way from Ikotun enroute Alausa, the state secretariat, at the PWD area of the state.

The accident happened around past 7am on Thursday.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Taofiq Adebayo, said rescue operation was ongoing.

“The accident recorded many casualties as the bus is fully loaded with Lagos State government staff members going to the office this morning.”

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