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APC Behind Twitter Ban – PDP
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the National Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.
The party, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said revelations available to it show how APC leaders at one of their party’s national caucus meeting recommended the regulation of social media in Nigeria and how they have been plotting to obliterate internet-based interaction platforms such as Twitter.
The statement read in part: “The PDP recalls how the APC Caucus has been pushing bills in the National Assembly, particularly in November 2020, seeking to enforce a draconian regulation of social media so as to gag Nigerians from exposing its atrocities, including human right abuses, treasury looting, nepotism and sectional marginalization by the APC administration.
“Nigerians can also recall how the APC administration in carrying out the agenda of its party have been using the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to suffocate the media space with humongous fines and threats of suspension of operating license on broadcast stations. “The PDP wants the APC to know that their plot against Nigerians have been exposed and cannot stand.
Terrorism Financing: 180 BDC Operators Pay N900m Penalties To CBN
At least 180 Bureau De Change (BDC) operators nabbed by security operatives for alleged link to terrorism financing paid N900 million in penalties before they returned to their businesses, Daily Trust reports.
This comes as BDC operators and other traders rounded up by security agents in March, on suspicion of involvement in financing of terrorism have remained in detention, almost three months after their arrest.
Families and associates said the suspects are being kept incommunicado without access to their families, despite lack of judicial process.
15 Killed At Igangan, Four Months After Sack Of Fulani Settlement
No fewer than 15 residents of Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State were reportedly killed when gunmen stormed the community at the weekend.
Daily Trust gathered that the gunmen arrived Igangan around 11pm on Saturday night and operated until 3am on Sunday.
A source in Igangan told Daily Trust that many houses including the palace of the Asigangan of Igangan land, Oba Adewuyi Olaoye, were razed by the assailants.
Allow Igbo To Have Biafra, CNG Tells Northern Leaders
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has urged northern leaders to get the Nigerian state and other critical stakeholders to accept the reality that the only remaining option to avert a civil war and bloodshed is for the Igbo to be allowed to have Biafra.
It made the call in a letter to all northern emirs/chiefs, all former heads of states, former Senate presidents, former chief justices, political and religious leaders as well as the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Northern Elders Forum. The CNG, in the letter signed by the chairman of its Board of Trustees, Nastura Shariff, alleged that the Igbo had, for decades, intermittently used the agitation for Biafra to destabilize Nigeria and deny peace to other components of the country.
It stated that the level of anger elicited by the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its sponsors at home and in the diaspora had reached “the inevitable point where the Igbos must be separated from Nigeria by invoking the relevant statutes on self-determination entrenched in various international conventions and treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory.”
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