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SERAP sues Buhari, others for shutting down telecoms

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit at the Federal High Court in Abuja asking for an order of perpetual injunction to restrain President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, from shutting down telecommunication networks in any part of the country.

Joined, as respondent, is the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). It would be recalled that the NCC recently ordered telecom operators to suspend all telecommunications networks in some states, including Zamfara, and at least 13 councils of Katsina State purportedly to check banditry.

In the suit, FHC/ABJ/CS/1323/2021, filed at the weekend by its lawyers, Kolawole Oluwadare and Kehinde Oyewumi, the group wants the court to determine whether the shutdown of telecommunication networks in any part of Nigeria by the Buhari administration is unlawful, and a violation of the rights of access to correspondence, freedom of expression, information, and the press.

In the lawsuit, SERAP argued: “Large-scale shutdowns of communication networks are a form of collective punishment. Shutdowns exert significant chilling effects, with direct implications on participatory democracy, whose existence depends upon an active and informed citizenry capable of engaging with a range of ideas.”

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According to the organisation, the Buhari administration has constitutional and international legal obligations to enable access to the Internet for all, as access to the Internet is inextricably linked to the exercise of freedom of expression and information.

The suit, which has been assigned to Justice Ahmed Mohammed at Court 4, is fixed for hearing on January 11, 2022.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International has condemned the recent attack by the Presidency on SERAP.

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According to the group, attempt by the Nigerian government to gag SERAP for holding authorities to account is yet another dimension of the escalating attacks on civil society organisations and human rights defenders in Nigeria.

In a statement, yesterday, Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International Country Director for Nigeria, said Nigerian authorities must stop resorting to smear campaigns whenever they are asked to be accountable to the people.

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DON JAZZY: Universal Music Group Acquires Majority Stake in Nigerian Record Label Mavin Global

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The Universal Music Group has acquired a majority stake in Mavin Global, the renowned Nigerian record company founded by Don Jazzy. This deal, subject to regulatory approval and expected to be finalized by the third quarter, marks a significant partnership between the two entities.

While specific financial terms were not disclosed, reports suggest a valuation exceeding $125 million, with Don Jazzy and COO Tega Oghenejobo continuing to lead Mavin Global.

Lucian Grainge, UMG’s chairman/CEO, expressed excitement about the collaboration, citing Mavin’s influential artists and entrepreneurial spirit. With hits like Rema’s “Calm Down,” Mavin has already made waves globally, and this investment aims to further propel its growth.

The partnership also underscores UMG’s commitment to fostering African talent and expanding its presence in the thriving Afrobeats scene.

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Grammy Drama: Logos Olori Claims Credit For Davido’s ‘Unavailable’

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Nigerian music sensation and DMW signee, Logos Olori, stirs controversy as he asserts his songwriting prowess behind Davido’s Grammy-nominated track,

Davido, renowned for his chart-topping hits, secured three nominations at the 66th Grammy Awards, with ‘Unavailable’ making waves globally.

In an exclusive interview with Cool FM Lagos, Logos Olori unveils his contribution to the acclaimed song, revealing that he penned the lyrics for ‘Unavailable,’ featuring Musa Keys, while his colleague Peruzzi crafted the verse.

Olori reveals, “I wrote the song ‘Unavailable.’ Peruzzi wrote the verse. After we made the song, Davido said he wanted the verse to be changed, so he called Peruzzi to do the verse. But I actually came up with the idea of the song.”

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The revelation sparks intrigue, shedding light on the collaborative efforts behind Davido’s musical successes and raising questions about creative ownership in the industry.

Meanwhile, amidst the Grammy buzz, Davido shares his excitement over a lavish Rolex wristwatch gift from Atletico Madrid player, Memphis Depay. Taking to Instagram, Davido expresses gratitude for the unexpected present received after his electrifying performance at Depay’s 30th birthday celebration.

In a candid moment, Davido reflects on the rarity of receiving gifts, contrasting it with his generous nature of giving to others. This revelation adds a personal touch to the narrative, showcasing Davido’s humility and the unexpected joys of celebrity life.

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Joeboy releases first single ‘Osadebe’ following exit from emPawa

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Following his exit from emPawa and the start of his record label, Joeboy has come through with his first single under the new regime called ‘Osadebe’.

‘Osadebe’ is a smooth tempo record with themes centred around self-reflection and positive proclamations produced by K-Dreamz.

The song references late Chief Osita Osadebe’s hit single ‘Osondi Owendi’ which was the anthem of the southeast and south south parts of Nigeria in the early 2000s.

“I no dey cross my lane, I’m living like Osadebe, Osondi Owendi (meaning One man’s treasure is another man’s trash in English) – this is Joeboy alluding to the fact that he isn’t running the same race as other artists and isn’t moved by the unnecessary comparisons and pressures that come with being a successful artist from Nigeria.

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Joeboy has come under criticism for being a “quiet artist” who stays out of the media’s eye and audience focus. On Osadebe, Joeboy lets everyone who cares to listen know that he loves his lane, doing things the way he wants and still killing it. That’s his preferred lifestyle.

“The fact is, you can do things on your terms and stay in your lane and achieve the same, if not better, results than other people living loudly. I am my biggest competition, I don’t care what others are doing. The only person that I’m focused on is me” – Joeboy said

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