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Condemnations trail FG’s decision to monitor social media posts of Nigerians

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The decision, by the Federal Government, to monitor the social media posts of notable Nigerians has been met with widespread condemnation and public outcry from many Nigerians.

In a meeting of the National Security Council which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had directed security agencies to tackle those propagating hate speech especially through the social media, with special attention to notable Nigerians.

However, the move has been decried by many, who fear that the government is attempting a clampdown on opposition, a move seen as undemocratic.

Members of the National Assembly, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, labour and other notable Nigerians have condemned the move of the government to monitor social media accounts of important personalities.

The Peoples Democratic Party, through its National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, kicked against the government’s decision, claiming that it was aimed at quieting the opposition, while the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), said the government’s move was obnoxious and anti-democratic.

 

“The government must first of all define what is hate speech. It must tell Nigerians what constitutes hate speech. There is no way members of the opposition like the PDP and even progressives members of the APC will not condemn or criticise the government and the APC when they fail to live up to expectations. We will not allow them to instil fear into us as a party. We all know what and how the APC came into power with false propaganda, using the social media. Now that they know that they have performed poorly and elections are coming, they think they can use that threat to scare us from doing our job. That will fail.” – Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary.

 

The House of Representatives frowned on the directive, saying it infringed on the fundamental human rights of Nigerians to free speech, as enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

 

Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, said the ruling party would not support any law meant to stifle free speech among Nigerians, even as he acknowledged that he was yet to fully understand the directive.

He said: “I don’t have details of what the honourable minister said but I can tell you that the APC will not be a party to anything that will abridge the rights of citizens to free speech. We also subscribe to the principles of responsible freedom of the press as enshrined in the constitution.”

 

 

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BREAKING: Inspector caught helping PDP thugs to brand private vehicles in Police colour

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Exposed: A’Ibom PDP Plot Thugs, Militants in APC colours

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Intelligence reaching Akwa Ibom INFO reveals that the PDP in the state has concluded plans to use APC colours, tags and other markers on buses and other vehicles conveying PDP thugs on illegal election missions to create false impression and shift blame on election violence in the state on the APC.

Security agencies in the state are hereby notified of the evil plot of the PDP against peaceful elections in the state on Saturday.

On the eve of the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections of last Saturday, security agents arrested more than 500 thugs from different parts of the state.

Investigations and confessional statements by the captured thugs reveal that the ciminals were brought into Akwa Ibom from neighbouring states by leaders of the PDP.

The Inspector General of Police and all the security formations in the state are hereby notified of the plan by the PDP to disrupt the upcoming elections and cause a breakdown of law and order in the state during and after the elections.

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Akwa Ibom State APC Media Committee

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BREAKING: Arrested PDP thugs moved to Police Headquarters Abuja

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Some hoodlums who were hired by PDP chieftains to unleash mayhem during last Saturday botched Presidential and National Assembly elections have been moved to the Police Headquarters in Abuja for interrogation.

This is as the sponsors of the violence may have gone underground to evade Police arrest even as the Police have vowed to redouble their efforts and track them down and arrest them to explain their roles in the burning of vehicles which conveyed electoral officials and materials.

Top Police sources said three key members of the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration in Akwa Ibom State, have been linked to the mayhem that was visited on the people of Obot Akara Local Government Area of the state on the eve of the rescheduled presidential election.

According to confessional statements made to the Police by some of the  thugs at the Police Area Command in Ikot Ekpene on Saturday, the hoodlums have indicted three top officials who are wanted to shed more light on their roles in sponsoring militants.

The mayhem, which left four people dead and vehicles completely burnt on the eve of the rescheduled presidential election in the council was carried out by hoodlums imported into the state by three top officials who are indigenes of the senatorial district.

The Police in Akwa Ibom state had arrested over 400 thugs and militants imported into the state by chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party to assist them in ballot box snatching and intimidation of voters.

Parading the suspects at the Police Area Command in Ikot Ekpene, a Police man who pleaded not to be named, disclosed to newsmen that the hoodlums were rounded up at Nto Ndang, Obot Akara after they got hint of their activities at the INEC office.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu is said to have ordered a crack down on perpetrators of election violence and their sponsors. We gathered that those arrested with arms would be treated as terrorists and would be eventually arraigned in court.

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NDLEA intercepts 581 million Tramadol tablets in 2 days

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has seized 241 million Tramadol tablets in 11 containers, weighing 118 metric tonnes.

Head of Public Affairs of the agency, Mr Jonah Achema, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that the seizure was made at the Apapa Port in Lagos.

The agency had earlier uncovered 340 million Tramadol tablets in 12 containers on November 15 at the port.

The containers had been on the watch-list of the NDLEA since November 2017.

They were taken to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for search, based on the agency’s reasonable suspicion that they contained the drug.

Achema said that there were 39 more containers that were lined up for search as the agency strongly suspected that they contained illicit drugs.

“This brings to 581 million Tramadol tablets uncovered within two days of the search. The search is still ongoing. We shall continue tomorrow as well,” he said.

Achema added that the agency would not relent until the country was freed from drug abuse and consumption.

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