Why I fought Lagos bizwoman in public – Mercy Aigbe

Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, has revealed the reason behind her public altercation with Omolara Olukotun, a Lagos Businesswoman popularly known as Larrit. Aigbe took to her Instagram stories on Monday, where she narrated what transpired at the event. According to the actress, Lara was an acquaintance who suddenly became an enemy. Aigbe claimed that the…

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Nigerians’ll vote out APC in 2023 for destroying nation, says Atiku

The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has said that with virtually all sectors of the Nigerian economy collapsing under the All Progressives Congress, he is expecting Nigerians to also repay the ruling party in kind by voting APC out in 2023. The former Vice President stated this on his Twitter page on Monday…

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Nations League: Modric penalty gives Croatia victory in France

Luka Modric’s early penalty gave Croatia a 1-0 win over off-form France in Paris on Monday as the World Cup holders finished their June run of UEFA Nations League matches without a victory in four outings. Veteran Croatia captain Modric stroked in his spot-kick after just five minutes at the Stade de France, and the…

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‘Register With CAC, Delete Harmful Accounts’: FG Sets Rules For Facebook, Twitter, Others

A photo combination created on December 10, 2020 showing visual identities of internet giants Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and Google.

 

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Monday issued new regulations for Internet platforms available in Nigeria.

A statement signed by NITDA spokesperson, Hadiza Umar, said the new code was designed to protect the “fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in the country as well as define guidelines for interacting on the digital ecosystem.”

The code requires Internet platforms to “register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and appoint a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities.”

It also requires that they comply with all regulatory demands and comply with all applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law.

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On content moderation, NITDA said Internet platforms must “provide a comprehensive compliance mechanism to avoid publication of prohibited contents and unethical behaviour on their platform.”

They must also “provide information to authorities on harmful accounts, suspected botnets, troll groups, and other coordinated disinformation networks and deleting any information that violates Nigerian law within an agreed time.”

NITDA said the new rules were “developed in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), as well as input from Interactive Computer Service Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, and Tik Tok amongst others.

“Other relevant stakeholders with peculiar knowledge in this area were consulted such as Civil Society Organizations and expert groups. The results of this consultations were duly incorporated into the Draft Code of Practice.”

The draft Code of Practice notes that Internet platforms must promptly obey court orders directing it to provide “information under its domain or any assistance to any authorised government.”

It is not yet clear how the new rules will be implemented.

Nigeria suspended Twitter in June 2021 for several months after the social media network deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Buhari administration has sought to pass more stringent laws regulating Internet platforms, especially social media networks.

APC chieftain seeks Tinubu’s intervention in Adamawa’s crisis

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Hon DanAsabe Kakanda, on Monday, called on the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to intervene and checkmate a looming crisis in the Adamawa State chapter. Kakanda disclosed that the internal wrangling was allegedly being hatched by disgruntled elements of the party following the emergence of Senator Aishatu Binani…

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Ebonyi people won’t vote for Labour Party in 2023, says Umahi

The Ebonyi State Governor and Chairman South-East Governors’ Forum, David Umahi, has told eligible voters in the state not to vote for the Labour Party in the forthcoming general election. The governor stated this during the inauguration of five new Commissioners and other aides on Monday in Abakaliki, the state capital. The directive is coming…

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Bayern confirm Ryan Gravenberch signing from Ajax

Bayern Munich on Monday confirmed the signing of Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch on a five-year deal – the second Ajax player they have recruited this summer. “When the offer came from FC Bayern, I didn’t have to think about it for long,” the 20-year-old central midfielder said in a statement. “FC Bayern are one of…

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Gunmen Abduct Catholic Priest In Plateau, Demand N50m Ransom

A photo combination of men holding guns and Rev Fr Kantoma

 

The Catholic priest in charge of St Anthony’s Parish, Angware community in Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State, Rev James Kantoma, has been kidnapped by gunmen with the abductors demanding a N50m ransom. 

Channels Television gathered that the priest was abducted on Sunday night at his house within the community when the gunmen invaded the area, shooting sporadically and eventually capturing their victim to an unknown destination.

Plateau State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev Father Polycarp Lubo, confirmed the abduction of the priest.

He said that the abductors have made contacts and are demanding a ransom of N50 million before the priest, who is also the chairman of CAN in the local government council, will be freed.

On the same day, kidnappers also abducted an Anglican Bishop, Reverend Oluwaseun Aderogba of Jebba Diocese, Kwara State his wife, and driver.

They were kidnapped away along the new Oyo/Ogbomoso  Expressway in Oyo State.

The Police Public Relations of the command, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident in a statement.

He explained that one Reverend Adekunle Adeluwa reported the incident at Atiba Divisional Police Headquarters.

According to Osifeso, preliminary investigations revealed that the victims’ vehicle developed what seemed a mechanical fault while traveling from Yewa in Ogun State to Jebba in Kwara.

The spokesman explained that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command has been directed to take over the operation that would lead to the rescue of the victims.

Safety of Nigeria, collective responsibility, says Oyetola’s aide

Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has said addressing the current security challenges in the country must be seen as a collective responsibility of all Nigerians. The governor who noted that providing security was a major duty of government said it also required the support of citizenry to provide the partnership upon which the security architecture…

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Zoning running mate to North-East’ll neutralise Atiku’s chances, APC youths say

Youths from the North-East, on Monday, appealed to the leadership of the All Progressive Congress to consider zoning the running mate of the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to any of the states in their region. The youths argued that the move was necessary if the APC was serious about its plan to neutralise the…

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