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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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Vin Diesel honours Fast & Furious’ Paul Walker for 9th anniversary of his death

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Vin Diesel has honored fast & furious star Paul Walker in commemoration for ninth year anniversary over his death.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star commemorated the nine-year anniversary of Paul’s death by sharing a throwback photo of himself and the late actor to Instagram.

Vin captioned the Nov. 29 post, “Nine years… love you and miss you.”

Paul died on Nov. 30, 2013 at age 40 due to a car crash. And in the years since his passing, Vin has been vocal about the tremendous loss he has suffered having been very close to Paul—who he acted alongside in five Fast & Furious films—for over a decade.

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Immediately following the tragedy of his passing, Vin shared a touching tribute in honor of him and his legacy.

“Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now… and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us… on me,” Vin wrote on Facebook at the time, referring to his nickname for Paul.

Vin Diesel is keeping Paul Walker in his heart year after year.

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BBNaija’s Level Up housemates receive rousing welcome in South Africa (Video)

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Big Brother Naija Level Up housemates have finally landed in South Africa.

TheHeute news reported earlier that the housemates were set to storm South Africa courtesy of Pepsi.

In an update to it, the housemates have finally arrived the country.

As expected, they were all treated to a rousing welcome by their individual South African fans.

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The likes of Beauty Tukura, Sheggz, and Phyna received royal welcome.
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The housemates are said to spend few days in the country as they relax and catch up on fun moments.
Chichi reveals why she doesn’t fly economy

Earlier on,TheHeute news reported that Chichi had explained why she rejected flying economy class with her colleagues.

The housemates who were on a sponsored trip to South Africa by Pepsi, had all housemates on Economy except for Beauty and Chichi.

Explaining why she didn’t fly economy class with the rest, Chichi stated that she isn’t used to it.

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According to her, this isn’t about her being proud or anything, but she doesn’t fly economy.

She said,

“I can’t remember the last time I flew Economy. This is not about me being proud or anything. We all had economy class and I wanted to change to business class or upgrade to business class and it was quite stressful. But, I did it anyways”.

This isn’t surprising for fans and lovers of Chichi, as she earlier revealed that she doesn’t charge less than 20m for brand endorsement.

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I would love to act and produce Nollywood movies – Wizkid (Video)

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In a recent statement, award-winning Nigerian singer, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun professionally known as Wizkid expressed his desire to act and produce a Nollywood movie.

Wizkid made this known during an interview on the show “KI$$ Hype” hosted by media personality Tinea Taylor while stating that he is a big man of Nollywood.

While on the show, Wizkid who recently releases his 5th studio, More Love, Less Ego, was asked what would he have been doing apart from being a singer, responding, the “Essence” crooner said that he has never seen himself do anything else but music noting that it’s hard for him to do something else.

Speaking further, Wizkid goes extreme as he uttered that in future he would definitely love to do fashion and movies and someday. He said he sees himself designing clothes sneakers, just dope cool shit..

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The Grammy award winner speak big about the Nollywood, the Nigerian movie industry as he tagged himself as proper big fan of Nollywood.

Wizkid in his words said that he doesn’t known if he would ever act in Nollywood because he did not sees himself as a funny person adding that it requires special skills and talent to be a Nollywood actor.

The singer admitted that Nollywood is a special industry and producing a movie is something he would love to do.

Also, Wizkid while speaking with GQ France said Love should be the greatest religion in the world.

He wrote; “For Made in Lagos, I wanted people to know where I come from and who I am. With More Love, Less Ego, I want to share a message of love and let people vibrate. Love should be the greatest religion in the world. I think everyone can love each other, for real. My message is “Do love each other and take care of your neighbor.”

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