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WORLD BREAKING NEWS For This Evening (Sat November 7, 2020)

Trump vs Biden: Germany, France speak on US election.

The German government has told the US President, Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to refrain from ‘pouring oil on the fire’ till results of election are determined.

Vote counting is still ongoing in about five battleground states, but the electoral college votes are tilting towards Biden.

However, Trump has raised alarm of electoral fraud and warned the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden against making a “wrongful claim” to the seat of power.

Trump disclosed that he would soon commence legal proceedings with regards to the ongoing presidential election.

Germany, reacting to the development asked both sides to end claim that the American election was fraudulent, adding that “decent losers” were vital to upholding democracy.

The German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, urged the both sides to stop “pouring oil” on the tense situation in the US, adding it was irresponsible to aggravate tensions.

“America is more than a one-man show. Anyone who continues to pour oil on the fire in a situation like this is acting irresponsibly,” Maas told Germany’s Funke media.

According to him, “Now is the time to keep a cool head until an independently determined result is available.”

“In order for the result which has not yet been determined – to be accepted, everyone must first show restraint.

“Decent losers are more important for the functioning of a democracy than radiant winners.”

Maas added that “The world needs the USA as a force for order, not as a factor of chaos.”

He, however, expects that once the election result was settled, “the USA will probably not return to the international stage with full energy for the time being”

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, on the other hand said he has faith in the US institutions validating the result, adding that even if Biden was elected, the US and the EU “will not return to the status that prevailed before, to a kind of good old days in the transatlantic relationship, the Guardian reports.”

He said: “The world has moved in four years. Europe is trying to become a power unto itself, instead of relying on US support.”

He described the US election as “a historic vote, in terms of the tension and the size of the turnout.”

US election 2020 results: Protesters storm vote counting centres with guns.

Armed protesters have been seen gathering outside offices where election workers are counting the votes that will decide who wins the US presidential race.

According to Al Jazeera, some of the angry protesters carry shotguns; some have handguns while some other carry black, military-style semi-automatic rifles.

According to the report, the protesters with weapons are a small minority of the demonstrators and that there have been no reports of anyone being shot.

Moreover, laws in the States, Arizona and Michigan, where the guns are seen at counting units, allow people to openly carry firearms in public.

Experts have warned that firearms could create a dangerous situation that could be seen as intimidation or tip easily into violence.

“The more we see, the more people see it as a normal reaction – even though it’s not. There’s nothing normal about it,” Cynthia Miller-Idriss, a professor at American University told Al Jazeera.

“The potential for violence becomes normalised,” she added.

There is the believe that the armed protesters showed up at the vote-counting centres following President Donald Trump’s allegations that the Democrats are trying to steal the election.

EndSARS: Controversy over court order to freeze accounts of 20 promoters.

Controversy has trailed the exparte order obtained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to freeze the accounts of 20 individuals and an organisation linked to the #EndSARS campaign.

Many Nigerians especially youths have taken to social media to condemn the move by the apex bank.

Also, youth representatives at the Lagos judicial panel, who had expressed outrage decided to boycott their participation at the sitting on Saturday.

Rinu Odulala, a member of the panel is said to have been affected. The Lagos Judicial Panel adjourned its sitting to November 14th because members could not form a quorum.

One of the #EndSARS promoters whose account got frozen, Adegoke Pamilerin said, “My account has been frozen for over 2 weeks. Apparently CBN froze my account before they got a court order. Nigeria My Country, where the big and mighty do as they wish.”

Many have condemned the move, describing it as an attempt to incite a second wave of #EndSARS protests across the country.

IGP orders cops to use ‘legitimate force’ against violent persons.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Saturday, ordered police officers in the country to deploy “legitimate force” in order to protect the lives and properties of citizens in the country.

Adamu instructed the cops to prevent further attacks on private and public assets that could be caused by “violent persons or groups operating under any guise”.

According to a statement by Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba, the IGP said he will not allow a recurrence of the “attacks, killings, arson, wanton destruction, and looting of public and private assets witnessed during the recent violent protests in some parts of the country.”

“For the defence of any person from unlawful violence or for the defence of property; In order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained; or For the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection or mutiny.”

Adamu mourned the 51 civilian fatalities and the 22 policemen murdered during the protests.

He assured law-abiding citizens across the country of the Force’s renewed and unwavering commitment to their safety and security especially as we approach the yuletide.

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