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Twitter Ban: FG has no Right to Regulate Freedom of Opinion – Minority Reps
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Twitter Ban: FG has no Right to Regulate Freedom of Opinion – Minority Reps

Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has accused the federal government of having an appetite to ‘suppress’ constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens in Nigeria, following its recent “declaration” of lifting the ban on the use of Twitter in the country. The caucus, in a statement released on Friday January 14 by its Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, stated the the constitution guarantees freedom of speech and opinion by Nigerians, including expressing such through social media tools like Twitter. The lawmaker stated that this freedom of opinion should not be subjected to partisan approval or regulation under a democratic rule. The statement read; “That is why at the wake of the ban on the use of Twitter in Nigeria in June 2021, the Minority Caucus in the House of Represe...
What is your obsession with me Mr Short Fuse?” Precious Chikwendu alleges her fundamental human rights is being violated and her kids kept away from her
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What is your obsession with me Mr Short Fuse?” Precious Chikwendu alleges her fundamental human rights is being violated and her kids kept away from her

Precious Chikwendu has complained that she is being persecuted and her rights violated because she's asking to see her children. The mother-or-four, who is involved in a legal battle with her ex-husband,  Femi Fani-Kayode, poured out her mind in a post shared to Instagram, though she didn't name her ex-husband. She claimed that whenever she shares a post where she looks at peace, he sends the police to come and harrass her. She added that he is using his influence to fight her, keeps summoning her in court and pushing baseless cases against her. She also said that she is ashamed of our justice system because they are being "ordered around by someone who feels these institutions can be bought with a prize." In the open letter posted to Instagram and addressed "to whom it ...
Nobody can stop End SARS anniversary protest – Sowore dares police
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Nobody can stop End SARS anniversary protest – Sowore dares police

Rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has dared the Nigeria Police on the planned protest to mark the End SARS anniversary. Recall that in October 2020, Nigerians trooped out in protest seeking an end to police brutality. However, the protest turned violent as some thugs hijacked it resulting in soldiers’ intervention at the Lekki toll gate. Some individuals are planning to embark on a protest on October 20th in commemoration of the one year anniversary of ENDSARS. However, the Lagos police Command in a statement released by its spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, warned against the protest. Sowore, reacting on his Twitter page, insisted that there will be EndSARS memorial protests on October 20th, 2021. The activist noted that nobody had the right to suppress the will of Nig...
Angelina Jolie opens up on divorce from Brad Pitt, says she feared for the safety of her ‘whole family’ while married to him
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Angelina Jolie opens up on divorce from Brad Pitt, says she feared for the safety of her ‘whole family’ while married to him

Superstar actress, Angelina Jolie has opened up on her divorce and lengthy custody battle with ex-husband Brad Pitt. The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actress and humanitarian in an new interview with The Guardian's Weekend magazine, said she feared for the safety of her "whole family" amid the divorce but "can't speak about" details due to the ongoing legal situation (Pitt has denied allegations of physical abuse). The Envoy for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) who has written a new book focusing on the rights of minors — titled Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth — with Amnesty International and human rights lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren, also revealed in the interview that said her activism for children's rights has ...
Georgina Onuoha Slams the Texas abortion ban as she gives opinion on ‘why abortion must be legal’
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Georgina Onuoha Slams the Texas abortion ban as she gives opinion on ‘why abortion must be legal’

A number of people, including celebrities, have slammed the recent Texas abortion ban and former Nigerian actress Georgina Onuoha has weighed in. A new law went into effect in Texas that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. The law, which came into effect on Wednesday, September 1, after the US Supreme Court did not intervene, restricts access to abortions. As of July 11, 2021, 30 cities in Texas have enacted local abortion bans. A number of foreign celebrities have criticized this law while pro-life activists declared their support for the law. Speaking against the new law, Georgina Onuoha, a former Nigerian actress now based abroad, shared screenshots of news articles about girls raped and impregnated by their fathers as she asked why such girls shouldn't ha...
Social Media Regulation Threatens Rights – UN Warns
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Social Media Regulation Threatens Rights – UN Warns

The United Nations on Wednesday July 14 warned that regulation of social media threatens rights of people. The international group stated that public and private actors are intervening against online content in ways that curtail rights and muzzle criticism. It also disclosed that 40 new laws regulating social media have been adopted around the world in the past two years, with 30 more under examination. Peggy Hicks of the UN Rights Office in Geneva said;   “You see a digital world that is unwelcoming and frequently unsafe for people trying to exercise their rights. “You also see a host of government and company responses that risk making the situation worse. “Virtually every country that has adopted laws relating to online content has jeopardised human rights in...
Shehu Sani Breaks Silence Over Arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, Warns FG
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Shehu Sani Breaks Silence Over Arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, Warns FG

Former Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani has warned the federal government against abusing the rights of the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu following his re-arrest. According to Sani, the government must ensure that all his rights are respected. “The fundamental rights of Nnamdi Kanu should be respected in compliance with the relevant articles of the constitution of the FRN.”   “His trial should be guided by justice, fairness and the rule of law and not sentiments, prejudice, hate, ill feelings, vengeance or bigotry.” Shehu tweeted. Recall that the federal government on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the arrest and extradition on Kanu. He was also ordered to be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Security following his arraignment before J...
“We convey our disappointment” Canada, EU, Ireland, UK, USA release joint statement condemning Twitter ban in Nigeria
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“We convey our disappointment” Canada, EU, Ireland, UK, USA release joint statement condemning Twitter ban in Nigeria

The Diplomatic Missions of Canada, the European Union, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have issued a joint statement in reaction to the ban on Twitter by the Nigerian government. On Friday, June 4, two days after Twitter deleted a tweet from the president of Nigeria for violating its rules, the Ministry of Information and Culture announced that the Nigerian government has "indefinitely suspended" Twitter. The Nigerian government also proposed registration requirements for other social media. Canada, UK, USA, Ireland, and the European Union expressed disappointment in a joint statement that reads: "The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of Ameri...
I Don’t Report anyone to my Husband, I Fight for Myself – Remi Tinubu
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I Don’t Report anyone to my Husband, I Fight for Myself – Remi Tinubu

Senator representing Lagos central and former First Lady of Lagos state, Remi Tinubu has said that she fights her own battle and doesn't report anyone to her husband, Bola Tinubu. Speaking on TVC breakfast show ‘Your View’, Remi stated that she fights her own battles when she knows she is right without telling her husband, because she knows she will tell her she is wrong. She said; “That you have a position doesn’t mean you have to lose yourself to that position, because the position will go and then, do you go back and find yourself? You have to be yourself in every situation. “Most of the time when people see me talk strongly, yes, I am Asiwaju’s wife but Asiwaju is somebody that I don’t go home to report anyone to because he would tell me, ‘you are wrong’. “I don’t know...
Hijab Controversy: Kwara Government Shuts Down 10 Schools Again
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Hijab Controversy: Kwara Government Shuts Down 10 Schools Again

The Kwara state government has again shut down 10 schools following a dispute that stemmed from wearing of hijab. Recall that Christian leaders had earlier kicked against muslim students wearing hijab to the Christian schools which are now funded by the state government. In a statement released on Monday March 8,  by the state's Ministry of Education permanent secretary Kemi Adeosun, the schools which were earlier told to reopen on Monday were directed to remain shut. The schools include C&S College Sabo Oke, ST. Anthony College, Offa Road, ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam, CAC Secondary School Asa Dam road, St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke, St. John School Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isa...
Unpaid Nigerian Doctor Collapses after 72-hour Shift
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Unpaid Nigerian Doctor Collapses after 72-hour Shift

An overworked medical doctor, who has reportedly not been paid for 3 months, collapsed after a 72 hour shift. Dr Okorie Ifeanyi Venatus is an intern doctor in Univeristy of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Rivers State. He and other intern doctors have not been paid since Dec 2020, a medical doctor on Twitter claimed. Despite not being paid, Dr Okorie has been working as the only House Officer in the unit. On the fateful day, after working for 3 days stretch, he reportedly collapsed with his forehead to the ground. He was admitted to the hospital where treatment commenced immediately. The Twitter doctor who shared the news called out the government for its treatment of House Officers. Her also called out the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, for n...
Nigeria Increases AFDB Rights Before Presidency Vote
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Nigeria Increases AFDB Rights Before Presidency Vote

Nigeria almost doubled its voting rights in the African Development Bank to 16.8% [/b]before the lender’s annual meetings this week, as one of its own seeks re-election to the top post.[b]Africa’s most populous nation is now the biggest rights holder by far, followed by non-regional members Germany with 7.4% and the U.S. with 5.5%, according to a memorandum sent to governors on Aug. 20 and seen by Bloomberg. Nigeria boosted its voting power by paying subscriptions it had pledged as part of a general capital increase, for which the bulk of payments are expected to be made before the final October 2021 deadline. The move may allow Nigeria to help keep Akinwumi Adesina in the presidency for another five-year term when the vote takes place on Aug. 27. Unlike in 2015, when he faced off ...
Elon Musk Calls for End to Cancel Culture
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Elon Musk Calls for End to Cancel Culture

Elon Musk recently welcomed a son with partner Grimes, but this didn't stop Grimes' mother, Sandy Garossino from slamming Musk on Twitter for his right-wing Red Pill tweet. It began when Musk, whose girlfriend Grimes gave birth to their son two weeks ago, cryptically tweeted a right-wing "take the red pill" meme.     The "red pill" reference originally comes from the movie The Matrix but it has since become an online meme used by the alt-right and men's rights activists.     Musk's reason for the tweet isn't clear, but the "red pill" phrase is now commonly used to show a right-wing political awakening and is used widely on online forums in support of President Donald Trump, as well as men's rights organizations. More recently the "red...
Emir of Kano Has not been Moved to Lagos- ex-Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka
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Emir of Kano Has not been Moved to Lagos- ex-Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, says contrary to reports, deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been moved to Lagos state. Saleh Shehu Ahmed, a journalist with the Voice of America, this afternoon, tweeted that the former monarch has been moved to Lagos. Breaking news: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi arrived Lagos State'' Saleh wrote Reacting to this Information, Chidoka wrote Contrary to speculations, Emir Sanusi confirmed to me that he is still in Awe, Nasarawa State. He is held unconstitutionally and illegally and no agency of government is taking responsibility for his unlawful arrest. A track record of violating fundamental rights is upon us
Male Villagers Threatened to Flog Kano Law School Students for Teaching their wives to be Disrespectful
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Male Villagers Threatened to Flog Kano Law School Students for Teaching their wives to be Disrespectful

Some men have allegedly threatened to flog students of the Kano Law School, who went to villages in the state to talk to the women about their rights. According to a Kano-based Mental Health Advocate, Lopetee, the women reported the students to their husbands. The men reportedly claimed that the students were teaching their wives to be disrespectful and  warned them to never set foot in their villages or risk flogging. "Kano Law school students were going to villages to talk to the women about their rights. The women reported to their husbands. "The husbands warned the law school students that if they see them again, they will flog the hell out of their lives. Not everyone needs help." said Lopetee.  
Rappers, Jay-Z and Yo Gotti sue Mississippi prison bosses on behalf of 29 inmates
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Rappers, Jay-Z and Yo Gotti sue Mississippi prison bosses on behalf of 29 inmates

Rappers, Jay-Z and Yo Gotti, are suing two Mississippi prison officials on behalf of 29 inmates over claims they did nothing to stop violence that has killed five prisoners in the last two weeks. On Tuesday, Jay-Z's lawyer Alex Spiro filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Greenville, Mississippi, saying 'these deaths are a direct result of Mississippi's utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights.' Spiro, on behalf of Jay-Z and hip-hop artist Yo Gotti, wrote a letter to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and DOC Commissoner Pelicia Hall dated January 9 saying that they were 'prepared to pursue all potential avenues to obtain relief for the people living in Mississippi's prisons and their families.' The letter added that the deaths ...
Your Rights When Dealing With A FRSC Official In Nigeria
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Your Rights When Dealing With A FRSC Official In Nigeria

FRSC stands for Federal Road Safety Corps. Their mandate is to prevent or minimize accidents on the highway; clear obstructions on any part of the highways; and educate drivers, motorists and other members of the public generally on the proper use of the highways. They are also charged with the management of drivers’ licenses and vehicle number plates. What Are Their Powers? - Arrest any person suspected of having committed an offence - Remove and detain any illegally parked vehicle - Endorse your driving licence if found guilty of offence; - Seize the driver’s licence of any person suspected to have committed an offence and/or the documents or particulars in respect of the vehicles - Impound a vehicle suspected to have been stolen where the driver fails to produce the particulars...
Lagos Sex Workers Demand Equal Rights In Celebration Of Workers Day
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Lagos Sex Workers Demand Equal Rights In Celebration Of Workers Day

In celebration of 2019 May Day, Lagos sex workers came represented as they marched at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. Under the umbrella of Ohotu Diamond Women Initiative, the fearless sex workers marched for equal rights without any fear they could be arrested. The group carried a big banner, with the inscription: . “Sex workers need rights, not rescue.” This is the way the Lagos sex workers have decided to take part in the 2019 Workers’ Day commemoration. Sex workers in have been facing some major arrests and molestation in recent times and this move may come as a show of courage. In a bid to reduce the number of sex workers, about 70 female night club goers arrested and allegedly molested in Abuja following a raid by officers of the Nigerian Police....
We Need to Fight for Our Rights – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
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We Need to Fight for Our Rights – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has stated that Nigerians need to fight for their rights with some kind of revolution in order for things to get better in the country. She made this known in a Twitter question and answer session during which she appealed to the government to declare state of emergency in places affected by violence. “I am appealing to the government to immediately see to the rising rate of depression, suicide, police brutality, ritual killings and general lack of safety in the Country. It’s at an all-time high now, there should be a state of emergency declared.” Omotola also answered questions on why she did not openly support any presidential candidate in the last election. “Excuses won’t move us forward. We must be angry enough and divert our anger towards loo...
Cyntoia Brown Has Been Granted Clemency After 15 Years In Prison
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Cyntoia Brown Has Been Granted Clemency After 15 Years In Prison

Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee has granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown, a 30-year-old woman serving a life sentence for fatally shooting a man in 2004 who had hired her as a prostitute when she was a teenage sex trafficking victim. A statement from the office of Governor Haslam said Ms. Brown would be released to supervised parole on August 7, 2019, after serving 15 years in prison. “Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” Mr. Haslam said in the statement. “Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life. Transformation should be accompanied...
You Have Equal Rights In Katsina– Gov. Masari Tells Katsina Christians
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You Have Equal Rights In Katsina– Gov. Masari Tells Katsina Christians

Aminu Masari, Governor of Katsina State has enjoined Christian women in the state to rise up and demand for their legitimate rights to have a sense of belonging. Masari stated this on Thursday when he received an Association of Christian Women from Funtua Senatorial Zone at the Government House, Katsina. “As indigenes of the state, you have the right to demand for equal rights and opportunities like any other indigene of the state. “If you fail to demand for your rights, you are not doing justice to your children, grandchildren and your children yet unborn,” he maintained. The governor, however, implored them to elect candidates that would do justice to them in the forthcoming general elections. He also urged them to mobilise other Christian women from the other senatorial z...
Ezekwesili Pledges Equality among Nigerians
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Ezekwesili Pledges Equality among Nigerians

                                          oby ezekwesili The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has pledged to foster unity and equality among Nigerians if elected as the president of the country. In a statement issued yesterday, the ACPN presidential candidate said she was determined to ensure that the constitutional rights of Nigerians always upheld by government. Noting that there was a need to address the growing rate of poverty in Nigeria, Ezekwesili said that she was ready to ensure constitutionalism and uphold the rule of law in the opportunities available to every Nigerian regardless of their region, religion, status or gender. “There is no doubt that Nigeria is a multi-plural nation. We are different people...
CAF Withdraws AFCON 2019 Hosting Rights From Cameroon
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CAF Withdraws AFCON 2019 Hosting Rights From Cameroon

Cameroon was on Friday stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to delays in preparing for the continental showpiece, organisers the Confederation of African Football announced. “Today we took the decision to withdraw the 2019 CAN from Cameroon,” CAF president Ahmad Ahmad told a press conference in Accra. He was speaking after a 10 hour CAF executive meeting held behind closed doors in the Ghanaian capital. Ahmad said “a task force” would be set up to launch an appeal for offers “to determine a new organising country between now and the end of the year”. South Africa and Morocco are two frontline contenders to step in as hosts on place of the Cameroon, who won the last edition in 2017 in Gabon. Morocco, who lost out to a United States/Mexico/Canada bid for the 2026 Wor...
Looters’ List Not A Violation Of Named Persons’ Rights – Court
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Looters’ List Not A Violation Of Named Persons’ Rights – Court

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo , Abuja, ruled on Tuesday, that the Federal Government ’s alleged looters ’ list released earlier in the year does not constitute a violation of the rights to presumption of innocence of those named . Delivering judgment in a suit filed by the proprietor of the African Independent Television and Ray Power Radio , Chief Raymond Dokpesi , seeking the court ’s declaration of the looters ’ list as void , Justice Olukayode Adeniyi , held that the suit lacked merit. The court ruled that the disclosure of the alleged looters ’ list by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on behalf of the Federal Government earlier in March does not carry any force of law as the minister is neither the judge or the prosecutor ...
Court Orders Trump To Unblock Critics On Twitter
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Court Orders Trump To Unblock Critics On Twitter

A court ruling on Wednesday has ordered President Donald Trump to unblock critics on Twitter with the claim that he can’t shut out opposing viewpoints. A federal district court judge in May ruled that blocking people from the president’s @realDonaldTrump account violated First Amendment free speech rights in a case brought by The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.he seven people named in the suit were unblocked as the decision was appealed. The institute tweeted on Wednesday that it had gotten word that many people on a list of 41 more Twitter users it had given to the Department of Justice had also been unblocked by @realDonaldTrump. “We’re pleased to see the White House take steps to comply with the district court’s ruling that the First Amendment prohi...
IPOB: Police Silent About Women Protesters Arrested In Imo State
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IPOB: Police Silent About Women Protesters Arrested In Imo State

Scores Of Women Remain Detained By Imo Police. The police in Imo State have refused to make comments on the women detained recently following their protest of the “disappearance” of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). It was gathered that the women were picked close to Warehouse junction in the state capital, on Friday after attempts by the policemen to disperse them with teargas were unsuccessful. When contacted, Andrew Enwerem, spokesman of the Imo state police command, declined to state the offence of the protesters. Asked why the police picked them up, he replied : “Go to Owerri prison, you are a reporter. Go to the prison and find out.” TheCable, however, told him attempts have been made to have access to the prison authorities but the reporter ...

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