Telecommunication operators in Nigeria have blocked access to Twitter after the government slammed an indefinite ban on the social media platform on Friday.
The telcos, under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) said there has been a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to block Nigerians from accessing the platform.
A statement jointly signed by ALTON Chairman and Executive Secretary, Gbenga Adebayo and Gbolahan Awonuga confirmed this.
Checks by The Guardian confirmed that access to the Twitter platform has been blocked.
“We, the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) wish to confirm that our members have received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator to suspend access to Twitter,” ALTON said in the statement.
“ALTON has conducted a robust assessment of the request in accordance with internationally accepted principles.
“Based on national interest provisions in the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, and within the licence terms under which the industry operates; our members have acted in compliance with the directives of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) the industry regulator.
“We will continue to engage all the relevant authorities and stakeholders and will act as may be further directed by the NCC.
“We remain committed to supporting the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and upholding the rights of citizens.
“As an industry, we endorse the position of the United Nations that the rights held by people offline must also be protected online. This includes respecting and protecting the rights of all people to communicate, to share information freely and responsibly, and to enjoy privacy and security regarding their data and their use of digital communications.”
Relax on street boys because the ground is hot’ – Shatta Wale tells Sarkodie
The Ghanaian Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale has asked Sarkodie to ease up on his fans after the rapper called out some of them for selling and wearing fake shoes.
According to Shatta Wale, not everyone has the financial abilities to afford expensive products from renowned fashion brands.
The ‘Melissa’ hitmaker revealed that before he became wealthy, at some point in his life, he also had to wear some of these fake outfits.
“Ah Broda sark paa, you deh watch ghana economy deh talk like this…Maybe Yes, God has been good to us but not everyone is like us. You get me lol. I beg, relax give street boys cuz you no deh street, ground hot ruff (sic),” Shatta Wale wrote on Twitter.
This comes after Sarkodie, on Thursday, tweeted a post that showed one @EphraimKwao selling Air Jordan 4 Retro Black Cat 2020 sneakers for GH¢300 when the original price is $1,068.
Suggesting that the sneaker being sold is not authentic, Sarkodie told @EphraimKwao, “Bruh don’t do that.”
— Sarkodie (@sarkodie) February 10, 2022
But, reacting to Sarkodie’s post, some fans noted they have no other option than to go for the “Banku” sneakers as they cannot afford the sneakers that are worth millions of Ghana cedis and thousands of dollars.
They argued that not all Ghanaians have the wealth the rapper has been able to amass, therefore, will go for the inferior kinds.
Meanwhile, Shatta Wale said that even though people can wear fake clothing brands, they must live life truthfully.
“Life is original, material things will always be fake ..Don’t follow the world follow God bro,” he wrote.
United States speaks on Lagos #EndSARS panel report
The United States Tuesday said it is awaiting a response from the government on the report of the judicial panel of inquiry on the killing and assault of #EndSARS protesters.
“We look forward to the Lagos State government’s response as part of a process that represents an important mechanism of accountability regarding the #EndSARS protests and the events that took place near the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020,” US Embassy in Nigeria said in a statement.
“Those events led to serious allegations against some members of the security forces, and we look forward to the Lagos State and federal governments taking suitable measures to address those alleged abuses as well as the grievances of the victims and their families.”
The Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Monday submitted its reports on the cases of killing and assault by security personnel during October 2020 #EndSARS protest.
The report contained a list of recommendations for implementation to the Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The panel led by Justice Doris Okuwobi in the report submitted to Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, said at least 48 protesters were either shot dead, injured with bullet wounds, or assaulted by soldiers who were at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020.
The Nigerian government, military and police who had denied that any killing or massacre happened at the Lekki Toll Plaza of the #EndSARS protest in Lagos are yet to speak on the report.
However, the United States Mission in Nigeria said it welcomes the conclusion of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry with the transmission of its final report while anticipating government’s response to revelations in the report.
The report said the “Nigerian Army shot, injured and killed unarmed helpless and defenceless protesters, without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem and the manner of assault and killing could in context be described as a massacre.”
Adeyemi College of Education SUG write’s to Hon.AbiolaMakinde
AN OPEN APPRECIATION TO HON. ABIOLA MAKINDE
A quote by G.K CHESTERTON says, “Maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder”.
An Anonymous also sometimes wrote that, “If you don’t show appreciation to those that deserve it, they’ll learn to stop doing the things you appreciate”.
It is on this auspicious note that the Students’ Union Government of ADEYEMI COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ably led by the President; Comr. Ayoola Olamilekan-Ipaye, expresses profound thoughts and words of appreciation, admiration and acknowledgment to our very own and respectable Honorable; Hon. Abiola Makinde, a Leader par-excellence, preeminently distinguishing, incomparably outstanding and supremely the best! Thanking him graciously, for all the good works he has been doing so far, most especially, for the just concluded MODERN SKILL ACQUISITION CENTER for Adeyemi College of Education.
Our respected Hon. deserves applauses for all his works as well as all his policies, which he keeps on implementing in the entire country, in which ADEYEMI COLLEGE OF EDUCATION isn’t left behind in benefiting. This was evident in his affordability to see the pressing need of the EVD Students of the College.
Due to his foresight, learning has now become easy with the accompanying hope of apt effectiveness. This great gesture will henceforth aid students gathering together in a single well furnished venue to receive vocational lectures instead of roaming from venues to venues, as being previously done. Stress has been taken away and easiness has come to reign. Profound “thank you” to our own Hon!
Hon. Abiola Makinde is a rare kind, Ever ready to serve, Ever denoting, containing and emitting internal greatness. Ever equipped with the power and ability to do good. Ever fulfilling his function adequately. Ever functional and durable. All the all!
We are constrained to admire a political leader, who has emerged as a visionary with a mission to turn around the Country and most especially, Education; Education, which we know to be one of the bedrock in producing great minds.
Thank you sir, for being a leader with original and concrete ideas of what the society needs and the vision about what the future would be like.
God bless HON. ABIOLA MAKINDE
God bless Nigeria
God bless Ondo State
God bless Adeyemi College Of Education.
Comr. Ayoola Olamilekan-Ipaye
SUG President,ADEYEMI COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ONDO 2019/2020 Academic Session
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