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Senate Passes Hate Speech Bill, Offender Risks 10-Year Imprisonment

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Hate speech purveyors are to be jailed for 10 years, fined N20 million or both, according to a bill passed on Tuesday by the Senate.

It also prescribes 20 years jail term without option of fine for any person who propagates information that undermines the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, or unity of the federation.

These provisions are contained in the bill which seeks to establis the “Electoral Offence Commission and for other related matters 2021”.

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“Any person who uses hate speech to stir up ethnic, religious or racial hatred, social or political, insecurity or violence, against anyone or group or person”, is liable to 10 years in jail or N20 million fine or both, the bill proposed.

The Hate Speech Bill introduced last year by lawmakers was shot down by protestation from across sector of Nigerians.

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It has now found its way back through the Electoral Offences Commission.

Tuesday’s passage of the bill followed the consideration of the report of the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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The upper chamber adopted the Committee’s recommendation of 20 years imprisonment for any person involved in ballot box snatching, supplying voter card to persons without due authority, unauthorised printing of voter register, illegal printing of ballot paper or electoral document, and importation of any device or mechanism by which ballot paper or results of elections may be extracted, affected or manipulated, and voting at an election when he is not entitled to vote.

The Senate in Clause 12 of the Bill approved at least five years imprisonment or a fine of at least N10million or both, for any officer or executives of any association or political party that engages in electoral fraud that contravenes the provisions of clauses 221, 225(1)(2)(3) and (4) and 227 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

It also approved 10 years imprisonment for any person who sells voter card, or in possession of any voter card bearing the name of another person, or prepares and prints a document or paper purporting to be a register of voters or a voter’s card.

The Senate also approved a term of at least 10 years upon conviction for any election official who “willfully prevents any person from voting at the polling station, wilfully rejects or refuses to count any ballot paper validly cast, willfully counts any ballot paper not validly cast, gives false evidence or withholds evidence, and announces or declares a false result at an election.”

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The Upper Chamber in Clause 20(2) approved at least 15 years imprisonment for any judicial officer or officer of a court or tribunal who corruptly perverts electoral justice, during or after an election.

It also prescribed at least 15 years jail term or N30 million fine for any security personnel or election official engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission or State Electoral Commission who attempts to influence the outcome of an election.

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In addition, any person found to disturb the public peace on “Election Day” by playing musical instruments, singing or holding an assembly where a polling station is located shall be guilty of breaching electoral peace and liable to six months imprisonment or a fine of at least N100,000 or both.

Also, any person acting for himself or on behalf of any organisation or political party or candidate or his agent with the intention of prejudicing the result of an election, damage or defame, in any manner, the character of any candidate in an election or his family member by making, saying, printing, airing or publishing in the print or electronic media false accusation on any matter shall be guilty of serious corrupt practice and liable on conviction to a term of at least 10 years or a fine of N10million or both.

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Any person soliciting or giving votes for or against any political party or candidate at an election, or found to affix campaign materials on any private house, public buildings or structures, or prints posters and banners without the name and address of the political party to which the candidate or person belongs contravenes sub-clause (1) to (5) and guilty of an offence and liable to at least five years or a fine of at least N10million, or both.

The National Electoral Offences Commission Bill, 2021, prohibits any campaign against national interest.

“By the foregoing statistics, it is unrealistic to expect INEC to conduct free, fair and credible election and simultaneously prosecute offences arising from the same elections.

”Indeed, INEC has at several occasions admitted that it lacks the wherewithal to cleanse the system.

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“Its failure to prosecute even one per cent of 870,000 and over 900,000 alleged electoral offences in 2011 and 2015 general elections respectively is an affirmation of the necessity for a paradigm shift on how we deal with electoral offences”, the Kano South lawmaker said.

According to him, as a result of electoral flaws in the system, the Justice Uwais Electoral Committee; Sheik Nurudeen Lemu Committee; and Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee were constituted.

He recalled that the various committees in their final reports recommended that for INEC to function efficiently, some of the functions currently performed by it should be assigned to other agencies.

The Senate approved the establishment of the National Electoral Offences Commission.

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The Commission’s membership consists of the Chairman, Secretary and representatives from the Justice, Interior, Defence, and Information Ministries.

The function of the Commission includes investigating electoral Offences created in any laws relating to elections in Nigeria; prosecution of electoral offenders; and maintaining records of all persons investigated and prosecuted.

Others are to liaise with the Attorney-General of the Federation and government security and law enforcement bodies and agencies in the discharge of its duties; liaise with other bodies within and outside Nigeria involved in the investigation or prosecution of electoral Offences; and adopting measures to prevent, minimize and eradicate electoral offences throughout the federation.

 

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PROFESSOR YEMI OSINBAJO MAKES A U-TURN FROM A COLLAPSING NIGERIA TOWARDS A PROGRESSIVE NATION

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PROFESSOR YEMI OSINBAJO MAKES A U-TURN FROM A COLLAPSING NIGERIA TOWARDS A PROGRESSIVE NATION

There is no gain saying that the Nigerian society, its economy and wherewithal are at the thinnest verge of total collapse, the situation seems visible to the visually impaired and audible to the deaf.

 

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The painful cry of many, the groing of the masses, the uncomfortable state of the grass root-liners, and the yelling of our women and children reaches the topest heavens.

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The persisting dividends of democracy so far to many have been that; Father’s becoming more incapable, lovers and families have being displaced, children- homeless, youths scattered, shattered, frustrated and lost, economy totally downturns, environment totally unsupportive and friendly to bussinesses and entrepreneurs, security architecture bridged, Justice trampled underfoot and Education which is supposed to be a weapon of enlightment in combating ignorance has become nothing to write home about. there is no one Nigerian who can lay claim of not having to enjoy his share of the above dividends. Needless at this point is to shys away from this reality which hunts us each day, anyone who isn’t in consonance with this reality is one beneath a decent human.

 

A continuation in this track can only guarantee us one thing and that is: total liquidation and complete collapse of the nation. Which is why at this moment we all need to be discerning, sensitive, get involve and keep our ears and heart steadfast to the voice of Understanding and take heed to the siren, notifying us of an emergency and the urgency to make a U-turn for yet another chance to survive through the escape way made available to us.

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Dear Compatriots; scholars, leaders, Religious organisations, Youths, Artisan, traders, Men and women; beckon is made to you, that you let’s together give the nation Nigeria a chance to survive and live again; This is no right time to back off, this is no time to receive gift, this is not time to compromise, this is not time to segregate nor is it time for sentiment, every little step the majority takes have an huge impact on our futures.

 

A Clarion call is made which requires urgency and alacrity to rescue the nation, that our industries work’s again, that our Education sector lives again, that our hospitals and healthcare system works effectively again, that our youth regain confidence in the nation, that the economy and living standard of our people progresses and the attainment of such height of beautiful sociopolitical structure of the nation fills the air. families reuniting, kinsmen coming as one, great feasting and merry in the land for prevalence of justice, the citizens giving credence to the Government and high confidence placed in our Security operatives.

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2023 is around the corner, really a time to make decisive choices and bare the anonymous results of whatever choice we make, going forward as our fate for the years to come (either for collapse or to progressiveness of the nation).
2022, is a preparatory year which will tell much the specimen from the choice that we will make. Hence this requires critical thinking and thoughtfulness….

 

PROFESSOR YEMI OSINBAJO AND TEAM remains the only candidate, who is honest willing, with good track record, bridled ambition, and with vision who is desperate to bring drastic changes to Nigeria.
As a politician he is one with class and exemplary leadership skill and quality. As a scholar, he is inclined and well understands relationship, interactions and rudiments of governance.

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As a strategist he is calm, collected and proffering, with workable plans and scheme for economic sustainability and development etc.
As a legal practitioner with good track records, he understands the rule of law, constitutional stipulations, and of course upholds strongly the laws of the land, he will profer workable laws in the interest of the masses and permits justice served with equity.

 

As an educator he understands the importance of literacy for sustainable societal development, and the contributory roles of Education to our nation through science, technology, creativity and innovations and will encourage through right polices a Nigeria that prioritise Education .
As a bussiness man, he understands what condusive bussiness atmosphere looks like and will ensure to provide a Nigeria society where bussiness strives.

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As an experienced public officer he understands the beauty of entrepreneurship and what benefit can be accrued to a nation that supports entrepreneurship through innovative Support programmes.
As an elite and one who is well exposed to the global world he understands the workings of living a life of dignity and as such will strive to bring Nigeria close to achieving its dignified pace among nations of the world.

 

He is Agile, fit, knowledgeable, experienced, ready, passionate and capable of being NIGERIA’S EXCECUTIVE PRESIDENT COME 2023.

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PROFESSOR YEMI OSINBAJO IS THE U-TURN FROM A COLLAPSING NIGERIA TOWARDS A PROGRESSIVE AND LUMINATING NIGERIA. ONE THAT MYSELF AND YOURSELF WILL BE PROUD OF

Support PYO 4 NIGERIAN PRESIDENT 2023.

Written by: Henry Afolabi Victor

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2023: Prophet Olujobi Releases Fresh Prophecies About Tinubu, Okorocha, Others

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Prophet Bisi Olujobi, the General Overseer of Wisdom Church International, Ketu, Lagos State, has revealed a series of fresh prophecies concerning the 2023 general elections which affects the likes of Bola Tinubu, Yahaya Bello and Rochas Okorocha.

A statement he signed and made available to newsmen on Friday said the prophecies came after the thanksgiving of his 21 days annual marathon fasting.

“This is time for revenge against Tinubu,” he said, adding that Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello will be a force to reckon with in the forthcoming polls.

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He said Tinubu would be seriously bedridden, according to him, “as a result of God’s vengeance”.

“Tinubu will be seriously ill to the extent that all his political cronies will abandon him.

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“God is not happy with the man, except there is a prayer of repentance to seek God’s forgiveness,” he said.

“God silent over the years should not be taken as weakness as there is time everything.”

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On the Kogi State Governor, he said, Yahaya Bello is a new bride to watch out for in the political landscape of the country as God is about to use the foolish things of this earth to confuse the wise.

“Bello should seek wise counsel, humble himself and hold on to see what God wants’ to do. I see him as a force to reckon with in the nearer future,” the cleric said.

Speaking on Rochas Okorocha and the others, he added, “EFCC and ICPC is going to record another landslide victory against the likes of former Governor Jonah Jang, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Lucky Igbinedion and host of others whose criminal cases are hanging on their neck. “

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Mother Of Late Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau, Speaks After His Death

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Falmata Shekau, mother of former Boko Haram leader, late Abubakar Shekau, has said she regretted giving birth to him because he was a tragedy to humanity.

Empiregist News recalls that Shekau was killed in May after a clash between his men and fighters of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

According to data released by the state, national and international organizations, Shekau died after waging a deadly war against the Nigerian state that led to the death of over 100,000 thousand people, displacement of over three million people, and destruction of towns, villages, schools, hospitals, and other social amenities valued at over $9bn.

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In an interview with Trust TV, the displeased mother of the terrorist group leader said he inflicted pains on her while he was alive and that they had since parted ways. She said she has no idea if he is dead or alive or whether he ever had children.

“I don’t know if he (Shekau) had any offspring. I gave birth to him and that is the only and last thing between us. Whether he is alive or not; we have parted ways. I never knew whether he had any offspring. He inflicted severe pain on me. God Almighty will judge between us in the hereafter.” she said.

 

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