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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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Ryan Reynolds reveals Blake Lively did not approve his decision to buy Wrexham FC

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Ryan Reynolds has revealed that his wife Blake Lively did not approve of his decision to buy half of the Welsh football team Wrexham FC.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday (9 August), the 45-year-old actor revealed that his wife was not happy when he told her he “might have bought half of a fifth tier national football league in Wales”.

Speaking to host Rob McElhenney, who is the co-owner of Wrexham FC and was standing in for Kimmel, Reynolds started off by sharing the story of how he met his business partner via Instagram DM.

He then shared the story of how he revealed the news to his wife.

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“I remember seeing Blake, saying, I have bad news and I have really bad news,” he said. “The bad news is I slipped into someone’s DMs again.

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Davido reacts to Whatsapp new features

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Davido Reacts To WhatsApp New Feature That Will Allow WhatsApp Users To Control People Who Can See When They Are Online.

Nigerian Afrobeat Award-winning artist David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has reacted to Whatsapp’s new features that will allow users to control who can see when they are online.

The singer uses his social media page to react to certain impending privacy modifications that WhatsApp, a popular messaging program, would shortly roll out.

Recall, The ETA’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that WhatsApp will now have new security features.

He said that Meta will soon roll out a function that would stop Facebook group exit announcements.

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Everybody Dey See Shege: Reactions As Oga Sabinus Jokes About Increase in Price of Flight Ticket

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Popular skit maker and comedian Oga Sabinus dropped a funny statement as he reacted to the increase in the price of flight ticket The comedian joked about those who always gave updates when they travel by plane to Lagos or Abuja as he said it has been a while since he saw such a post Oga Sabinus’s statement has stirred funny reactions on social media as many couldn’t help but agree with him
One of Nigeria’s leading comedians and skit makers, Mr Funny, also known as Oga Sabinus, has reacted to the increase in the price of flight tickets. Oga Sabunus, in a statement via his official Twitter handle, dropped a funny statement on how it has been a long time since he heard from those who make their flight trip known on social media.

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