The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has described the Federal Government suspension of Twitter as an infringement on Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution which violates the right of Nigerians to interact freely on this platform.
The NGE therefore urged the federal government to tread with caution and immediately reconsider the suspension of the operation of Twitter in Nigeria and seek other legitimate means of resolving its dispute with the company.
In a statement by Mustapha Isah (President) and Iyobosa Uwugiaren (General Secretary) respectively, the NGE said that the federal government’s action has the unintended consequence of jeopardising the economic interests of many Nigerians who rely on the social media platform for vital information to make informed business decisions daily.
The statement advised the federal government to desist from any action that would project it as a dictator.
‘’In addition, the suspension is a grave breach of Nigeria’s international obligations under article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
‘’The Guild sees the federal government’s action as an overreaction to Twitter’s decision to delete President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet early this week.
‘’If the federal government finds Twitter’s action against the President objectionable, Nigerians should not be made to suffer the collateral damage of denying them their right to freely discourse on Twitter’’, the Guild added.
The Guild noted that the federal government had in an initial reaction by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, condemned the deletion of President Buhari’s view as an unacceptable tab on the president’s right, saying this ought to have been a sufficient response.
‘’However, the ban at the weekend, of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria, is an overkill that gives wind to the sail of critics who daily accuse the Buhari administration of intolerance of opposing views.
‘’Certainly, the federal government has the responsibility to safeguard the unity, peace and stability of Nigeria and any person or group that threatens this must draw its ire. In expressing its anger, the federal government, however, ought to exercise restraints to avoid giving the impression that it is intolerant of opposing views and expression of opinion by individual and corporate citizens’’, the Guild stated.
Stressing its concern over the growing insecurity in the country, the Guild advised social media leaders, which provide micro-messaging services, to also beam their searchlight on the activities of those who want to use their platforms to cause divisions and spread hatred in the country and the global community as well.
Noting the socio-political and economic benefits of social media platforms, the NGE explained that strong democracies rely on both civic and political participation by citizens, saying that Twitter, has over the years, aided citizens’ participation in the nation’s democratic process.
‘’The Guild is aware of the democratizing influence of social media platforms, including Twitter, in helping to check dictatorship and promote democracy worldwide.
‘’Twitter also builds a market research prospect for businesses to see what customers are chit-chatting about, their feeling and what is important to them about products and services’’, the Guild said,
The Guild therefore called on the federal government to immediately rescind its decision in order not to deny millions of Nigerians who rely on Twitter to provide services and earn a living.
IGP Baba effects new posting/ Redeployment of AIGs
Following the new Manpower Development Policy of the Force, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting and redeployment of twenty-four (24) Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to Zonal Commands and Formations
The IGP has assured the nation that the posting and redeployment of the Senior Police Officers will further help in driving the new policing vision, which amongst other things, is targeted at improving policing services across the country and effectively responding to security threats in the country.
The posting and the redeployment of the Senior Police Officers he said is with immediate effect.
With the posting and redeployment,AIG Bala Ciroma Moves to Zone-7 Abuja, AIG Usman Belel, AIG John Amadi and AIG Adeleke Adeyinka are posted to FCID Annex Lagos, Maritime and Zone 9 Umuahia respectively.
The posting and redeployment was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by Force public Relations officer Cp Frank Mba indicates that,
AIG SPU FHQ ABUJA – AIG ZAKI M. AHMED
AIG ZONE 4 MAKURDI – AIG MUSTAPHA DANDAURA
AIG CTU FHQ ABUJA – AIG DANSUKI D. GALADANCHI, mni
AIG ZONE 17 AKURE – AIG OKON ETIM ENE, mni
AIG BORDER PATROL FHQ ABUJA – AIG USMAN D. NAGOGO
AIG ZONE 7 ABUJA – AIG BALA CIROMA
AIG ZONE 9 UMUAHIA – AIG ADELEKE ADEYINKA BODE
AIG ZONE 13 UKPO-DUNUKOFIA AWKA – AIG MURI UMAR MUSA
COMMANDANT POLAC WUDIL-KANO – AIG LAWAL JIMETA TANKO
AIG FCID ANNEX LAGOS – AIG USMAN ALHASSAN BELEL.
AIG DOPS FHQ ABUJA – AIG ADEBOLA EMMANUEL LONGE.
AIG INVESTMENT FHQ ABUJA – AIG MUSA ADZE, fdc
AIG DICT FHQ ABUJA – AIG PHILIP SULE MAKU, fdc
AIG ZONE 6 CALABAR – AIG USMAN SULE GOMNA
AIG COOPERATIVE – AIG ADAMU USMAN
AIG ZONE 3 YOLA – AIG DANIEL SOKARI-PEDRO, mni
AIG DTD FHQ ABUJA – AIG AHMED MOHAMMED AZARE
AIG FCID ANNEX KADUNA – AIG MAIGANA ALHAJI SANI
AIG ZONE 12 BAUCHI – AIG AUDU ADAMU MADAKI
AIG MARITIME LAGOS – AIG JOHN OGBONNAYA AMADI, mni
AIG ZONE 8 LOKOJA – AIG EDE AYUBA EKPEJI
AIG ARMAMENT FHQ ABUJA – AIG MOHAMMED L. BAGEGA
AIG ZONE 15 MAIDUGURI – AIG BELLO MAKWASHI
AIG WORKS FHQ ABUJA – AIG BALARABE ABUBAKAR
Hunters arrest three kidnappers, recover guns, other items in Kogi
Hunters from Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State on Monday nabbed two kidnappers suspected to be terrorizing the area while security operatives recovered three guns from the arrested criminals
The chairman of Okehi Local Government Area Hon Abdulraheem Ohiare Ozovehe who led the operation to the kidnapper’s hideout in Arima, Ijumu LGA said exhibits they recovered were two (2) guns from Murne Beji, a locally made medium barrelled Revolver using AK 47 bullets and a locally made long-barrelled gun.
He stated that the two other members of the kidnap gang who were at large before, Kadi Abdullahi and Rabiu Muhammadu (Rabe) were also arrested and a locally made pistol recovered from them.
The chairman inducated that the suspects have been remanded in custody and helping the Security Agencies with useful information that would help in the arrest of others.
The Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Muhammed Onogwu while commenting on the issue said the state’s security architecture has continued to stand the test of time adding that it has recorded successes against several intricacies by criminal elements
He opined that the results they were recording were maily due to the boost in the morale and support by the Hovernor to security operatives
Onogwu commended security agencies in the state for their effort in ensuring there is peace in the state.
The chief press Secretary noted that the effort of the Kogi State Government to keep the momentum as the safest state in the country is yielding good results.
He noted that the Governor has at various fora made commitment to securing the lives and property of the citizens and make the state a no go zone for criminal elements
He reiterated that Government at all levels would continue to sustain the drive for a peaceful Kogi state by making every nooks and cranny of the state unsafe for criminal elements and their sponsors
NDLEA nabs lady drug trafficker that camouflages with Hijab to evade arrest
A 36-year-old lady, Chioma Afam, who uses multiple identities and wears hijab to evade security scrutiny has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in Benue state.
She.was arrested along with her partner, Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, for trying to smuggle a total of 296,000 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 from Onitsha, Anambra state to Gombe state.
Director of Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday said
Chioma uses multiple names such as Amina, Uzoamaka and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities.
He said she was arrested on Saturday 17th July, 2021, along with the 22-year-old Peace Chidinma Caleb who also wears hijab as a cover for her nefarious activities during routine checks and profiling of inward vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue state capital. “Their vehicle coming from Onitsha, Anambra state was intercepted along Makurdi – Alliade road while heading to Gombe State via Makurdi.
“A search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43kilograms of Diazepam and 33kg of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilograms with a total of Two Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand (296,000) tablets packed in four large ‘Ghana must go’ bags.
“Curiously, the two interstate drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijab.”
Babafemi also indicated that, the Ondo state command of the Agency on Sunday 18th July, 2021 intercepted one Olu Ameh, a commercial motorcycle rider with 465 kilograms of cannabis sativa along Ijagba-Ute road in Ose local government area of the state.
“The illicit substance was said to have been bought from one Joseph in Ago-Akure, Akure North LGA and being conveyed to the buyer, a certain Egbonwon at Ijagba village in Ose LGA.
Reacting to the two seizures and arrests, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA commended the commanders, officers and men of the Benue and Ondo state Commands of the Agency for their efforts to ensure that no illicit substance is allowed to pass through their areas of responsibility under whatever guise or cover to destroy the lives of innocent Nigerians in other parts of the country. While wishing them and their colleagues in other Commands across Nigeria a happy sallah celebration, he charged them to remain vigilant at all times.
“For us in NDLEA, a kilogram of illicit drug seized by our gallant and courageous officers across the country is a kilogram less what is available on the streets and in our communities and that is why we’ll continue to encourage all our officers and men to continue to give their best in our pursuit of the mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has given us”, Gen. Marwa stated on Wednesday in Abuja.
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