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Mixed Reactions Trail Federal Government’s Lifting of Twitter Ban

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In the wake of removal of the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria, citizens have come online to celebrate the end of an era of using “Virtual Private Network” (VPN) to access Twitter.

They also pointed out that the lifting of the suspension was necessary since the platform would be important in promoting the country’s activities in the build-up to the upcoming general elections in 2023.

Ejiro Amoh, a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Abuja, said she appreciated the Federal Government for lifting the Twitter ban to curb the spread of fake news.

“The federal government said it banned Twitter because of fake news and the conditions met by Twitter before it lifted the ban were made public.

“I just want the government to continue its good work by ensuring that those who steal our commonwealth are also punished.

“ Just like they (officials) have held Twitter accountable, our political office holders who steal our funds for their personal use should be held accountable using our laws.”

An IT expert and coach, James Fred, said the lifting of the Twitter ban was done at the right time as a lot of online businesses which relied heavily on Twitter had suffered setbacks.

Fred said that the federal government’s earlier decision to ban Twitter triggered widespread criticism as online-based businesses recorded huge losses.

He noted that the ban was met with lawsuits filed against the FG and National Assembly by some social media users.

He urged the small businesses that suffered the loss of revenues and opportunities during the ban to maximize another chance they have now in other to recover.

“ I urge small businesses that lost revenues and opportunities during the ban to maximize another chance they have now in other to recover speedily.

“They should deploy creative promotions to help them with the recovery,’’ Fred said.

For Sheidu Jacob, a civil servant “I have forgotten my password and had since deleted the App from my phone, but with this news now, I re-downloaded the App immediately and it has started working.

NAN reports that the federal government has lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in the country after six months following approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The removal of the suspension took effect from 12.00 am Thursday, Jan 13, 2022.

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Sit-At-Home: 3days Complete Compliance, APC Youth Leader Shot Dead In Enugu

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Residents in Enugu have heaved a sigh of relief as the earlier warned 4 days sit-at-home order was shortened to three days given the Federal High Court adjournment of court proceedings on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to Wednesday 16th February 2022.

Like cats crawling out of holes, many were still afraid of stepping out of their homes out of fear at the early hours of Thursday. But by mid-day, more vehicles were seen on the roads and shops gathered courage to open up for business; nobody wants to be a scapegoat.

For three consecutive days, Monday 17th–Wednesday 19th January, 2022, all forms of economic activities were shut down completely in Enugu and the other South-Eastern states.

Schools, petrol stations, banks, markets, street shops, and even motor parks; no economic activity whatsoever transpired in the East in solidarity for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is facing terrorism charges sued against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Compliance with the sit-at-home order is not disassociated to fear for one’s life as many have been killed and properties destroyed for flaunting the order.

Sadly, on Tuesday evening, gunmen invaded the Enugu South local government office of the All Progressive Congress party, APC, during their meeting and shot dead the APC State Youth Leader, Mr. Kelvin Ezeoha, and one other member.

A Chieftain of the party in the state said, “Some gunmen invaded the Enugu South LGA APC meeting and opened fire on the party members,”

“They killed the immediate past Enugu South LG Chairman of the party, now the incumbent state youth leader, Mr. Kelvin Ezeoha, and one other person, while other party members were kidnapped.”

It is not clear if the attack has political undertone or hoodlums unleashing terror on innocent citizens.

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High Court Orders Nigerian Government To Pay Kanu N1b

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Abia State High Court presided over by Justice Benson Anya has ordered the Nigerian government to pay the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, the sum of N1 Billion over infringement of his fundamental rights.

According to the court the damages to be paid to Kanu were for the invasion of his house.

The judge stated that the defence counsel did little or nothing to defend the evidence as provided by the plaintiff.

It also ruled that the Umuahia High Court has jurisdiction to rule on extradition cases as one of the applications was solely on the status.

Kanu’s lawyer Aloy Ejimakor, in the suit filed on August 27, 2021, sought an order of injunction restraining the Federal Government from taking any further step in prosecuting Kanu in the charge numbered FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015.

Kanu also demanded an apology for the alleged infringement of his fundamental rights, to be published in three national dailies.

The suit also is seeking an order compelling the government to forthwith release Kanu from detention, restore the liberty he enjoyed before his alleged abduction on June 19, 2021, and repatriate him to Britain, where he is a citizen.

Part of the prayers is “A declaration that the military invasion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Abia State in September 2017 by the Nigerian government is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights to life, the dignity of his person, his personal liberty and fair hearing as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

“A declaration that the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya by agents of the Nigerian government without due process of law is arbitrary, illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights against arbitrary arrest, to his personal liberty and to fair hearing as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

“A declaration that the torture and detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya by agents of the Nigerian government is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights against torture and a fair hearing, as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

“A declaration that the expulsion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria by the Nigerian government and his consequent detention and planned prosecution in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (the Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Nnamdi Kanu) is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of his fundamental rights against unlawful expulsion and detention, and to a fair hearing, as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights”.

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Senate Challenges Military, Other Security Agencies To Block Escape Routes Of Terrorists

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The Nigerian Senate has challenged the military and other security agencies to closely monitor and effectively block the escape routes being used by bandits and fleeing terrorists to forestall their relocation to safe havens in the country.

This was just as it urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to provide food and other livelihood support amenities to affected villages and those that are internally displaced in Mariga, Mashegu, Kontagora and Borgu Local Government Areas in Niger North Senatorial District.

The Senate resolutions followed a motion on “Renewed kidnappings and banditry attacks on communities in Mariga, Mashegu, Kontagora and Borgu Local Government Areas of Niger North Senatorial District.”

Coming under Order 41 and 51 of the new Senate Standing Orders, the Deputy Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, bemoaned the disturbing trend of renewed kidnappings and banditry communities of Mariga, Mashegu and Kontagora Local Government Areas of Niger State.

He recalled that, “Following the massive onslaught against criminal elements and bandits operating in eastern parts of Sokoto State and Zamfara, there was massive movement of these escaping bandits and their criminal elements into Niger State and specifically into Mariga local government area of Niger State.

According to him, “These bandits continuously attacked communities in Mariga LGA leading to massive internal displacement of many communities. Currently Villagers have moved out of MaÚndu, Alabani, Sappaji in Berri Ward; over twenty villages are now empty in Galma/Wamba ward and scanty residents in Ukuru, Igoma, Maruba and Ruka villages in Bobbi Ward.

“Communities that border Kaduna, Zamfara and Kebbi States located in Mariga LGA namely Galma, Makici, Makogi Na Maforo, Nassarawa, and Kwanan Duci are constantly being attacked by bandits and over 15 persons killed in Bobbi ward of Mariga Local Government Area.

“Some notorious bandits in their numbers operated for hours in five villages on Friday, 14 January 2022, where several cattle were rustled as villagers fled their homes.

“The bandits first attacked Tungan-Ruá village in the morning, later moved to Tungan Maje and also rustled cattle.

“The same day they attacked Kawo Mashegu where two people were killed, four persons abducted and proceeded to attack Tungan Magaji village where several cattle were also taken away.

“After several operations 17 persons were abducted including two persons delivering ransom. The same day Farin Shinge village a few kilometres away from Kontagora town was also attacked and two persons kidnapped,” he stressed.

The lawmaker lamented that “the bandits are in the habit of burning down villages, burning farms with agricultural produce unharvested, stealing the home stored foods of villages they attack with the danger of those who brave the odds to go to their farms for harvest being killed or kidnapped”, adding that many villagers are now IDPs in places like Bangi, Mangoro and other safer locations with no food or amenities for their livelihoods.

Senator Abdullahi recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the nation’s Armed Forces for a major military operation in Niger State which has faced continued attacks on its communities by bandits and remnants of Boko Haram terrorists fleeing theatres of war in the Northwestern and Northeastern parts of the country.

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