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Protesters Have Returned to the Streets of Togo Despite Growing Military Threats

Hundreds have taken to Lomé, Togo to protest the presidency of Faure Gnassingbé, despite growing military and police threats. #TogoDebout

Demonstrations have resumed on the streets of Lomé, Togo in protest of current president President Faure Gnassingbé.

Several have taken to the capital to demand that the long-standing president—whose family has been in power for over 50 years—resign amidst head police and military presence. People are also pushing for limitations on the presidential term limit.

A government ban on weekday protests was lifted over the weekend in Lomé, while restrictions are still in place in the opposition stronghold, Sokodé, where security forces disbanded large gatherings with gun shots.

Anti-government protests first started back in August. The government put a block on the internet in September in response to public demonstrations. In the past three weeks, 17 people have died and hundreds have been injured since the protests sparked back up, reports BBC Africa.

Togolese Twitter users are currently sharing footage from the protests, using the hashtag #TogoDebout

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The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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