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  •  A total of 289 people had completed a 14 day mandatory quarantine and they were released by the government to join their families and other daily activities after they tested negative of the pandemic virus Official statistics issued by Public Health Emergency Operation Centre of the Ministry of Health Community Development Gender Elderly and Children over the weekend also showed that a total of 146 people were under mandatory 14 day quarantine The Ministry also revealed that currently 389 people are being closely followed up The mandatory quarantine for travellers coming into the country from the most affected areas wants them to undergo self isolation for 14 days on arrival at their own cost s The directive also applies to all Tanzanians arriving from virus hit countries The Government insists that on arrival all travellers must fill in a health surveillance form and will be subject to intensive health screening Also members of the public have been advised to avoid non essential travel to COVID 19 affected countries while the government has banned issuance of travel permits to all civil servants to countries that have reported to have Coronavirus cases So far 20 cases of Coronavirus one death and three recoveries have been reported in Tanzania The cases have been reported in four regions including Dar es Salaam 12 Zanzibar 5 Arusha 2 and Kagera region 1 One patient each in Dar es Salaam Kagera and Arusha regions have fully recovered According to Government sources 16 other patients are responding well to the treatment and could make full recovery soon To check Coronavirus spread in Tanzania President John Magufuli on March 16 suspended Uhuru Torch race for 2020 as a precautionary measure and ordered that its funds instead be directed to the preparation and improvements of health facilities responsible for handling possible Coronavirus cases The following day on March 17 and 18 the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and the Minister responsible for Health Ms Ummy Mwalimu in different platforms issued directives on further strengthening prevention by closing all Primary Secondary Colleges and Universities for a period of 30 days On the same breath the Government banned all public gatherings including seminars forums and festivals as well as any sports activities including leagues to convene within the same timeframe Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze It also spreads when a person touches a surface or an object that has the virus on it and then touches their eyes nose or mouth The disease causes respiratory illness like the flu with symptoms such as a cough fever and in more severe cases difficulty breathing Preventive measures include washing hands frequently avoiding touching face and avoiding close contact 1 meter or 3 feet with people who are unwell
    Coronavirus – Tanzania: 289 Beat COVID-19 Threat as Measures Pay Off
     A total of 289 people had completed a 14 day mandatory quarantine and they were released by the government to join their families and other daily activities after they tested negative of the pandemic virus Official statistics issued by Public Health Emergency Operation Centre of the Ministry of Health Community Development Gender Elderly and Children over the weekend also showed that a total of 146 people were under mandatory 14 day quarantine The Ministry also revealed that currently 389 people are being closely followed up The mandatory quarantine for travellers coming into the country from the most affected areas wants them to undergo self isolation for 14 days on arrival at their own cost s The directive also applies to all Tanzanians arriving from virus hit countries The Government insists that on arrival all travellers must fill in a health surveillance form and will be subject to intensive health screening Also members of the public have been advised to avoid non essential travel to COVID 19 affected countries while the government has banned issuance of travel permits to all civil servants to countries that have reported to have Coronavirus cases So far 20 cases of Coronavirus one death and three recoveries have been reported in Tanzania The cases have been reported in four regions including Dar es Salaam 12 Zanzibar 5 Arusha 2 and Kagera region 1 One patient each in Dar es Salaam Kagera and Arusha regions have fully recovered According to Government sources 16 other patients are responding well to the treatment and could make full recovery soon To check Coronavirus spread in Tanzania President John Magufuli on March 16 suspended Uhuru Torch race for 2020 as a precautionary measure and ordered that its funds instead be directed to the preparation and improvements of health facilities responsible for handling possible Coronavirus cases The following day on March 17 and 18 the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and the Minister responsible for Health Ms Ummy Mwalimu in different platforms issued directives on further strengthening prevention by closing all Primary Secondary Colleges and Universities for a period of 30 days On the same breath the Government banned all public gatherings including seminars forums and festivals as well as any sports activities including leagues to convene within the same timeframe Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze It also spreads when a person touches a surface or an object that has the virus on it and then touches their eyes nose or mouth The disease causes respiratory illness like the flu with symptoms such as a cough fever and in more severe cases difficulty breathing Preventive measures include washing hands frequently avoiding touching face and avoiding close contact 1 meter or 3 feet with people who are unwell
    Coronavirus – Tanzania: 289 Beat COVID-19 Threat as Measures Pay Off
    Africa3 years ago

    Coronavirus – Tanzania: 289 Beat COVID-19 Threat as Measures Pay Off


    A total of 289 people had completed a 14-day mandatory quarantine and they were released by the government to join their families and other daily activities after they tested negative of the pandemic virus.

    Official statistics issued by Public Health Emergency Operation Centre of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children over the weekend, also showed that a total of 146 people were under mandatory 14-day quarantine.

    The Ministry also revealed that, currently, 389 people are being closely followed up.

    The mandatory quarantine for travellers coming into the country from the most affected areas, wants them to undergo self-isolation for 14 days on arrival at their own cost(s). The directive also applies to all Tanzanians arriving from virus-hit countries.

    The Government insists that on arrival, all travellers must fill in a health surveillance form and will be subject to intensive health screening.

    Also, members of the public have been advised to avoid non-essential travel to COVID-19 affected countries, while the government has banned issuance of travel permits to all civil servants to countries that have reported to have Coronavirus cases.

    So far, 20 cases of Coronavirus, one death and three recoveries have been reported in Tanzania. The cases have been reported in four regions including Dar es Salaam (12), Zanzibar (5), Arusha (2) and Kagera region (1). One patient each in Dar es Salaam, Kagera and Arusha regions have fully recovered.

    According to Government sources, 16 other patients are responding well to the treatment and could make full recovery soon.

    To check Coronavirus spread in Tanzania, President John Magufuli on March 16, suspended Uhuru Torch race for 2020, as a precautionary measure and ordered that its funds instead be directed to the preparation and improvements of health facilities responsible for handling possible Coronavirus cases.

    The following day on March 17 and 18, the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and the Minister responsible for Health Ms. Ummy Mwalimu in different platforms, issued directives on further strengthening prevention by closing all Primary, Secondary, Colleges and Universities for a period of 30 days.

    On the same breath, the Government banned all public gatherings including seminars, forums, and festivals as well as any sports activities including leagues to convene within the same timeframe.

    Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or an object that has the virus on it, and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

    The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.

    Preventive measures include washing hands frequently, avoiding touching face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.

  •  Our world faces a common enemy COVID 19 nbsp The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity faction or faith nbsp It attacks all relentlessly Meanwhile armed conflict rages on around the world The most vulnerable mdash women and children people with disabilities the marginalized and the displaced mdash pay the highest price They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID 19 Let rsquo s not forget that in war ravaged countries health systems have collapsed Health professionals already few in number have often been targeted nbsp Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war That is why today I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives To warring parties I say Pull back from hostilities nbsp nbsp Put aside mistrust and animosity nbsp Silence the guns stop the artillery end the airstrikes nbsp This is crucial hellip To help create corridors for life saving aid To open precious windows for diplomacy nbsp To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID 19 nbsp Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowly taking shape among rival parties in some parts to enable joint approaches to COVID 19 nbsp But we need much more End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere Now That is what our human family needs now more than ever
    The Secretary-General Appeals For Global Cease-Fire Amid The Threat Of Covid-19
     Our world faces a common enemy COVID 19 nbsp The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity faction or faith nbsp It attacks all relentlessly Meanwhile armed conflict rages on around the world The most vulnerable mdash women and children people with disabilities the marginalized and the displaced mdash pay the highest price They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID 19 Let rsquo s not forget that in war ravaged countries health systems have collapsed Health professionals already few in number have often been targeted nbsp Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war That is why today I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives To warring parties I say Pull back from hostilities nbsp nbsp Put aside mistrust and animosity nbsp Silence the guns stop the artillery end the airstrikes nbsp This is crucial hellip To help create corridors for life saving aid To open precious windows for diplomacy nbsp To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID 19 nbsp Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowly taking shape among rival parties in some parts to enable joint approaches to COVID 19 nbsp But we need much more End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere Now That is what our human family needs now more than ever
    The Secretary-General Appeals For Global Cease-Fire Amid The Threat Of Covid-19
    Africa3 years ago

    The Secretary-General Appeals For Global Cease-Fire Amid The Threat Of Covid-19



    Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. 

    The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith.  It attacks all, relentlessly.

    Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world.

    The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price.

    They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19.

    Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed.

    Health professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted. 

    Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable.

    The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war.

    That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.

    It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.

    To warring parties, I say:

    Pull back from hostilities.   

    Put aside mistrust and animosity. 

    Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes. 

    This is crucial…

    To help create corridors for life-saving aid.

    To open precious windows for diplomacy. 

    To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. 

    Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowly taking shape among rival parties in some parts to enable joint approaches to COVID-19.  But we need much more.

    End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.

    It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now.

    That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.

  •  A housewife Salima Yunusa on Friday dragged a businesswoman Talatu Isah to a Sharia Court ll sitting in Magajin Gari Kaduna State over alleged threat to life and witchcraft Yunusa who resides at Zaria road Kaduna told the court that whenever she and Isah had any disagreements she often threatened to kill her and she would consequently observe rashes on her body I had to kneel down and apologise to her before the rashes disappeared three months ago I also had a miscarriage and I am still bleeding I am praying the court to order her to stop threatening my life Yunusa said The defendant who resides at Zaria road in the same rented apartment with the complainant denied the allegations The Judge Murtala Nasir adjourned the case to Dec 6 and asked the complainant to come along with her witnesses Nasir granted Isah bail because of her husband who was present in court with an order to deposit N100 000 in like sum and to also produce his wife on the adjourned date Edited amp Vetted By Nyisom Fiyigon Dore NAN
    Housewife drags businesswoman to court over alleged threat to life, witchcraft
     A housewife Salima Yunusa on Friday dragged a businesswoman Talatu Isah to a Sharia Court ll sitting in Magajin Gari Kaduna State over alleged threat to life and witchcraft Yunusa who resides at Zaria road Kaduna told the court that whenever she and Isah had any disagreements she often threatened to kill her and she would consequently observe rashes on her body I had to kneel down and apologise to her before the rashes disappeared three months ago I also had a miscarriage and I am still bleeding I am praying the court to order her to stop threatening my life Yunusa said The defendant who resides at Zaria road in the same rented apartment with the complainant denied the allegations The Judge Murtala Nasir adjourned the case to Dec 6 and asked the complainant to come along with her witnesses Nasir granted Isah bail because of her husband who was present in court with an order to deposit N100 000 in like sum and to also produce his wife on the adjourned date Edited amp Vetted By Nyisom Fiyigon Dore NAN
    Housewife drags businesswoman to court over alleged threat to life, witchcraft
    Judiciary3 years ago

    Housewife drags businesswoman to court over alleged threat to life, witchcraft

    A housewife, Salima Yunusa, on Friday, dragged a businesswoman, Talatu Isah, to a Sharia Court ll, sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, over alleged threat to life and witchcraft.

    Yunusa who resides at Zaria road, Kaduna, told the court that whenever she and Isah had any disagreements, she often threatened to kill her and she would consequently observe rashes on her body.

    “I had to kneel down and apologise to her before the rashes disappeared; three months ago I also had a miscarriage and I am still bleeding, I am praying the court to order her to stop threatening my life”, Yunusa said.

    The defendant, who resides at Zaria road in the same rented apartment with the complainant, denied the allegations.

    The Judge, Murtala Nasir, adjourned the case to Dec. 6, and asked the complainant to come along with her witnesses.

    Nasir granted Isah bail because of her husband who was present in court with an order to deposit N100, 000 in like sum; and to also produce his wife on the adjourned date.

    Edited & Vetted By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
    (NAN)

  •  Russia s leadership expressed concern on Wednesday about the threat of doping linked sanctions endorsed by the International Olympic Committee IOC Russia which in recent years has struggled with allegations of widespread use of performance enhancing drugs among top athletes is being threatened with again being cast out from the sporting world This is definitely information that evokes concern Russian President Vladimir Putin s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state media Peskov emphasised that Russia was prepared to continue cooperating with international authorities regarding the allegations The World Anti Doping Agency WADA said late Monday it will decide on Dec 9 on recommendations from its compliance review committee which wants Russia banned for four years from international competition under its own flag including the 2020 and 2022 Olympics for the manipulation of data from the Moscow anti doping laboratory The IOC said on Tuesday that it would support the toughest sanctions against all those responsible while at the same time saying that Russian sports authorities were not involved in the latest wrongdoing This suggests that the IOC wants Russian athletes to compete at Tokyo 2020 and the Beijing 2022 Winter Games as neutral athletes as at Pyeongchang 2018 Edited amp Vetted By Fatima Sule Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Russia’s leadership concerned about threat of doping-linked sanctions
     Russia s leadership expressed concern on Wednesday about the threat of doping linked sanctions endorsed by the International Olympic Committee IOC Russia which in recent years has struggled with allegations of widespread use of performance enhancing drugs among top athletes is being threatened with again being cast out from the sporting world This is definitely information that evokes concern Russian President Vladimir Putin s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state media Peskov emphasised that Russia was prepared to continue cooperating with international authorities regarding the allegations The World Anti Doping Agency WADA said late Monday it will decide on Dec 9 on recommendations from its compliance review committee which wants Russia banned for four years from international competition under its own flag including the 2020 and 2022 Olympics for the manipulation of data from the Moscow anti doping laboratory The IOC said on Tuesday that it would support the toughest sanctions against all those responsible while at the same time saying that Russian sports authorities were not involved in the latest wrongdoing This suggests that the IOC wants Russian athletes to compete at Tokyo 2020 and the Beijing 2022 Winter Games as neutral athletes as at Pyeongchang 2018 Edited amp Vetted By Fatima Sule Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Russia’s leadership concerned about threat of doping-linked sanctions
    Foreign3 years ago

    Russia’s leadership concerned about threat of doping-linked sanctions

    Russia’s leadership expressed concern on Wednesday about the threat of doping-linked sanctions endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

    Russia, which in recent years has struggled with allegations of widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs among top athletes, is being threatened with again being cast out from the sporting world.

    “This is definitely information that evokes concern,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in comments carried by state media.

    Peskov emphasised that Russia was prepared to continue cooperating with international authorities regarding the allegations.

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said late Monday it will decide on Dec. 9 on recommendations from its compliance review committee which wants Russia banned for four years from international competition under its own flag – including the 2020 and 2022 Olympics for the manipulation of data from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory.

    The IOC said on Tuesday that it would “support the toughest sanctions against all those responsible” while at the same time saying that Russian sports authorities were not involved in the latest wrongdoing.

    This suggests that the IOC wants Russian athletes to compete at Tokyo 2020 and the Beijing 2022 Winter Games as neutral athletes, as at Pyeongchang 2018.

    (Edited & Vetted By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim)
    (NAN)

  •  The police on Wednesday arraigned a 52 year old businesswoman Madina Mohammed in a Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates Court Abuja over alleged trespass and threat to life Mohammed who allegedly trespassed into a plot of land belonging to one retired Air Commodore Raymond Peter also threatened to deal with him The defendant a resident of Panama Street Maitama Abuja was docked on a two count charge bordering on criminal trespass and intimidation Earlier the prosecution counsel Kufreabasi Ebong told the court that Peter reported the matter at the FCT Police Command Abuja on Aug 15 2018 Ebong alleged that the defendant illegally trespassed into the complainant s land situated at plot 925 Katampe Maitama Abuja and when he confronted her she threatened to deal with him The prosecutor further alleged that the defendant had persistently been threatening the complainant s life Ebong said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 348 and 397 of the Penal Code The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against her The defence counsel Etta Effiong made a bail application for his client The Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed granted the defendant a N2 million bail with one surety in like sum Mohammed then adjourned the case until Dec 18 for further hearing Edited amp Vetted By Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Nyisom Fiyigon Dore NAN
    Police arraign businesswoman for alleged trespass, threat to officer
     The police on Wednesday arraigned a 52 year old businesswoman Madina Mohammed in a Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates Court Abuja over alleged trespass and threat to life Mohammed who allegedly trespassed into a plot of land belonging to one retired Air Commodore Raymond Peter also threatened to deal with him The defendant a resident of Panama Street Maitama Abuja was docked on a two count charge bordering on criminal trespass and intimidation Earlier the prosecution counsel Kufreabasi Ebong told the court that Peter reported the matter at the FCT Police Command Abuja on Aug 15 2018 Ebong alleged that the defendant illegally trespassed into the complainant s land situated at plot 925 Katampe Maitama Abuja and when he confronted her she threatened to deal with him The prosecutor further alleged that the defendant had persistently been threatening the complainant s life Ebong said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 348 and 397 of the Penal Code The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against her The defence counsel Etta Effiong made a bail application for his client The Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed granted the defendant a N2 million bail with one surety in like sum Mohammed then adjourned the case until Dec 18 for further hearing Edited amp Vetted By Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Nyisom Fiyigon Dore NAN
    Police arraign businesswoman for alleged trespass, threat to officer
    Judiciary3 years ago

    Police arraign businesswoman for alleged trespass, threat to officer

    The police on Wednesday, arraigned a 52-year-old businesswoman Madina Mohammed, in a Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, over alleged trespass and threat to life.

    Mohammed, who allegedly trespassed into a plot of land belonging to one retired Air Commodore Raymond Peter, also threatened to deal with him.

    The defendant, a resident of Panama Street, Maitama, Abuja, was docked on a two-count charge bordering on criminal trespass and intimidation.

    Earlier, the prosecution counsel Kufreabasi Ebong, told the court that Peter reported the matter at the FCT Police Command, Abuja, on Aug. 15, 2018.

    Ebong alleged that the defendant illegally trespassed into the complainant’s land situated at plot 925 Katampe, Maitama, Abuja and when he confronted her, she threatened to deal with him.

    The prosecutor further alleged that the defendant had persistently been threatening the complainant’s life.

    Ebong said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 348 and 397 of the Penal Code.

    The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against her.

    The defence counsel, Etta Effiong made a bail application for his client.

    The Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed, granted the defendant a N2 million bail, with one surety in like sum.

    Mohammed then adjourned the case until Dec. 18 for further hearing.

    Edited & Vetted By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
    (NAN)

  •  A former British Broadcasting Corporation BBC Senior Producer Kadaria Ahmed on Monday said that the Social Media Bill in the National Assembly was a threat to democracy and journalism Ahmed told the Nigeria News Agency on the sidelines of the 2019 Future Awards in Lagos that the bill would undermine the freedom of speech as entrenched in the constitution and also gag the press NAN reports that the Social Media bill tagged Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019 is sponsored by Sen Mohammed Musa of All Peoples Congress APC representing Niger East Senatorial District The originator of the bill Musa said that the Social Media bill was aimed at guiding the users and not the media practioners in Nigeria Ahmed who moderated the town hall meeting for presidential candidates and their vice during the February 2019 general elections said that the body of journalists would resist the bill The Social Media Bill is a threat to journalism and democracy because what they claim that the bill wants to guide against is hate speech and fake news which has been taken care of Other laws has taken care of that we know that fake news and hate speech pose a serious threat to us as journalists we don t want it because it undermines our work However what we are saying is that there are enough laws that attend to and regulate such which can be applied which can solve the problem We have Cyber Crime Law and also a law against defamation of character which is libel we have journalists that have faced such laws before so we don t need another law she said Ahmed said that journalism and activism were two Siamese twins with the way it operates as the conscience of the society hence it should not be allowed to be gaged I think this notion that there is a separation between journalism and activism is wrong because the process of giving out information to people to make informed decision is activism Journalism underpins democracy and without a free press we cant have a democracy and so anything that threatens journalism is a threat to all so it is not the question of activism It is a question of survival because anything we do is dependent on our ability to inform people without anybody trying to lock us up or shut us down This social media bill present a danger to freedom of expression something that is guaranteed in our constitution This is not a one persons fight but a collective fight by the body of journalists We recognised that it is important that we protect our rights to report without fear that we will be hounded or harassed we will do everything to defend our rights she said Edited amp Vetted By Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Social Media Bill, threat to journalism, democracy — Kadaria
     A former British Broadcasting Corporation BBC Senior Producer Kadaria Ahmed on Monday said that the Social Media Bill in the National Assembly was a threat to democracy and journalism Ahmed told the Nigeria News Agency on the sidelines of the 2019 Future Awards in Lagos that the bill would undermine the freedom of speech as entrenched in the constitution and also gag the press NAN reports that the Social Media bill tagged Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019 is sponsored by Sen Mohammed Musa of All Peoples Congress APC representing Niger East Senatorial District The originator of the bill Musa said that the Social Media bill was aimed at guiding the users and not the media practioners in Nigeria Ahmed who moderated the town hall meeting for presidential candidates and their vice during the February 2019 general elections said that the body of journalists would resist the bill The Social Media Bill is a threat to journalism and democracy because what they claim that the bill wants to guide against is hate speech and fake news which has been taken care of Other laws has taken care of that we know that fake news and hate speech pose a serious threat to us as journalists we don t want it because it undermines our work However what we are saying is that there are enough laws that attend to and regulate such which can be applied which can solve the problem We have Cyber Crime Law and also a law against defamation of character which is libel we have journalists that have faced such laws before so we don t need another law she said Ahmed said that journalism and activism were two Siamese twins with the way it operates as the conscience of the society hence it should not be allowed to be gaged I think this notion that there is a separation between journalism and activism is wrong because the process of giving out information to people to make informed decision is activism Journalism underpins democracy and without a free press we cant have a democracy and so anything that threatens journalism is a threat to all so it is not the question of activism It is a question of survival because anything we do is dependent on our ability to inform people without anybody trying to lock us up or shut us down This social media bill present a danger to freedom of expression something that is guaranteed in our constitution This is not a one persons fight but a collective fight by the body of journalists We recognised that it is important that we protect our rights to report without fear that we will be hounded or harassed we will do everything to defend our rights she said Edited amp Vetted By Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Social Media Bill, threat to journalism, democracy — Kadaria
    General news3 years ago

    Social Media Bill, threat to journalism, democracy — Kadaria

    A former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Senior Producer, Kadaria Ahmed, on Monday said that the Social Media Bill in the National Assembly was a threat to democracy and journalism.

    Ahmed told the Nigeria News Agency on the sidelines of the 2019 Future Awards in Lagos that the bill would undermine the freedom of speech as entrenched in the constitution and also gag the press.

    NAN reports that the Social Media bill tagged “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019 is sponsored by Sen. Mohammed Musa of All Peoples Congress (APC) representing Niger East Senatorial District.

    The originator of the bill, Musa said that the Social Media bill was aimed at guiding the users and not the media practioners in Nigeria.

    Ahmed, who moderated the town hall meeting for presidential candidates and their vice during the February 2019 general elections, said that the body of journalists would resist the bill.

    “The Social Media Bill is a threat to journalism and democracy because what they claim that the bill wants to guide against is hate speech and fake news which has been taken care of.

    “Other laws has taken care of that, we know that fake news and hate speech pose a serious threat to us as journalists, we don’t want it, because it undermines our work.

    “However, what we are saying is that there are enough laws that attend to and regulate such which can be applied which can solve the problem.

    “We have Cyber Crime Law and also a law against defamation of character which is libel, we have journalists that have faced such laws before so we don’t need another law,” she said.

    Ahmed said that journalism and activism were two Siamese twins with the way it operates as the conscience of the society, hence it should not be allowed to be gaged.

    “I think this notion that there is a separation between journalism and activism is wrong, because the process of giving out information to people to make informed decision is activism.

    “Journalism underpins democracy and without a free press, we cant have a democracy and so, anything that threatens journalism is a threat to all, so it is not the question of activism.

    “It is a question of survival because anything we do is dependent on our ability to inform people without anybody trying to lock us up or shut us down.

    “This social media bill present a danger to freedom of expression, something that is guaranteed in our constitution. This is not a one persons fight but a collective fight by the body of journalists.

    “We recognised that it is important that we protect our rights to report without fear that we will be hounded or harassed, we will do everything to defend our rights,” she said.

    Edited & Vetted By: Wale Ojetimi
    (NAN)

  •  Chief Ademola Odunade the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan has dissolved a 13 year old marriage between one Monsurat Owolabi and husband Najim over alleged threat to life In his judgment Odunade said that he dissolved the union between the couple because the relationship had been irreparably damaged He advised spouses to do everything possible to ensure that there was trust in their relationship so as to enjoy lasting marriage Odunade also said that the union was dissolved in the interest of tranquillity and awarded custody of the last child to Monsurat and the first two children to Najim The arbitrator ordered the respondent to pay N5 000 as monthly feeding allowance for the last child in addition to being responsible for her education and other welfare needs Earlier Monsurat a resident of Amunloko area in Ibadan said that her husband had for long been threatening her life When the economic situation in our family went bad I decided to travel abroad in search of greener pasture so as to be able to feed our children but Najim seemed not to understand I had to put the three children in the custody of my parents before travelling although he forcefully took charge of the children later My lord there is no more love between Najim and me Monsurat said The respondent who consented to the suit however denied all the allegations He said that his wife was economical with the truth Najim a businessman at Amunloko area submitted that his wife and her parents were deceitful because of personal gains Monsurat suddenly told me one day that she was travelling to Saudi Arabia in search of greener pasture but I told her to shelve the plan However she had concluded the plan with her parents without my knowledge abandoning me for no tangible reason I also observed that before she left Monsurat stopped cooking for me Instead she often prepared food for a married man living in our neighbourhood and in fact usually slept with him he said Edited amp Vetted By Abdulfatah Babatunde Mufutau Ojo NAN
    Court dissolves 13-yr-old marriage in Ibadan over threat to life
     Chief Ademola Odunade the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan has dissolved a 13 year old marriage between one Monsurat Owolabi and husband Najim over alleged threat to life In his judgment Odunade said that he dissolved the union between the couple because the relationship had been irreparably damaged He advised spouses to do everything possible to ensure that there was trust in their relationship so as to enjoy lasting marriage Odunade also said that the union was dissolved in the interest of tranquillity and awarded custody of the last child to Monsurat and the first two children to Najim The arbitrator ordered the respondent to pay N5 000 as monthly feeding allowance for the last child in addition to being responsible for her education and other welfare needs Earlier Monsurat a resident of Amunloko area in Ibadan said that her husband had for long been threatening her life When the economic situation in our family went bad I decided to travel abroad in search of greener pasture so as to be able to feed our children but Najim seemed not to understand I had to put the three children in the custody of my parents before travelling although he forcefully took charge of the children later My lord there is no more love between Najim and me Monsurat said The respondent who consented to the suit however denied all the allegations He said that his wife was economical with the truth Najim a businessman at Amunloko area submitted that his wife and her parents were deceitful because of personal gains Monsurat suddenly told me one day that she was travelling to Saudi Arabia in search of greener pasture but I told her to shelve the plan However she had concluded the plan with her parents without my knowledge abandoning me for no tangible reason I also observed that before she left Monsurat stopped cooking for me Instead she often prepared food for a married man living in our neighbourhood and in fact usually slept with him he said Edited amp Vetted By Abdulfatah Babatunde Mufutau Ojo NAN
    Court dissolves 13-yr-old marriage in Ibadan over threat to life
    Judiciary3 years ago

    Court dissolves 13-yr-old marriage in Ibadan over threat to life

    Chief Ademola Odunade, the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, has dissolved a 13-year-old marriage between one Monsurat Owolabi and husband, Najim, over alleged threat to life.

    In his judgment, Odunade said that he dissolved the union between the couple because the  relationship had been irreparably damaged.

    He advised spouses to do everything possible to ensure that there was trust in their relationship so as to enjoy lasting marriage.

    Odunade also said that the union was dissolved in the interest of tranquillity and awarded custody of the last child to Monsurat and the first two children to Najim.

    The arbitrator ordered the respondent to pay N5,000 as monthly feeding allowance for the last child, in addition to being responsible for her education and other welfare needs.

    Earlier, Monsurat, a resident of Amunloko area in Ibadan, said that her husband had for long been threatening her life.

    “When the economic situation in our family went bad, I decided to travel abroad in search of greener pasture so as to be able to feed our children, but Najim seemed not to understand.

    “I had to put the three children in the custody of my parents before travelling although he forcefully took charge of the children later.

    “My lord, there is no more love between Najim and me,’’ Monsurat said.

    The respondent, who consented to the suit, however, denied all the allegations.

    He said that his wife was  economical with the truth.

    Najim, a businessman at Amunloko area, submitted that his wife and her parents were deceitful because of personal gains.

    “Monsurat suddenly told me one day that she was travelling to Saudi Arabia in search of greener pasture, but I told her to shelve the plan.

    “However, she had concluded the plan with her parents without my knowledge, abandoning me for no tangible reason.

    “I also observed that before she left, Monsurat stopped cooking for me.

    “Instead, she often prepared food for a married man living in our neighbourhood and in fact usually slept with him,” he said.

    (Edited & Vetted By: Abdulfatah Babatunde/Mufutau Ojo)
    (NAN)

  •  The police on Monday in Ikeja arraigned a 21 year old unemployed man Bright Ebhohimen who allegedly threatened to rob Fidelity Bank The defendant whose address was not given is facing charges of conspiracy threat to life and attempt to steal before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court The prosecutor ASP Raji Akeem told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on Aug 20 at a branch of Fidelity Bank in Ilupeju Lagos Akeem alleged that the defendant called the branch s Manager Mr Uche Okam on phone and told him that his gang would come and collect their shares from the bank The prosecutor told the court that the defendant s phone number was tracked and he was arrested According to the prosecutor the alleged offences contravene Sections 56 406 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Chief Magistrate Mrs O A Layinka admitted the defendant to N100 000 bail with one surety in like sum Layinka adjourned the case until Dec 16 for mention Edited amp Vetted By Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    21-year-old arraigned over alleged threat to rob bank
     The police on Monday in Ikeja arraigned a 21 year old unemployed man Bright Ebhohimen who allegedly threatened to rob Fidelity Bank The defendant whose address was not given is facing charges of conspiracy threat to life and attempt to steal before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court The prosecutor ASP Raji Akeem told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on Aug 20 at a branch of Fidelity Bank in Ilupeju Lagos Akeem alleged that the defendant called the branch s Manager Mr Uche Okam on phone and told him that his gang would come and collect their shares from the bank The prosecutor told the court that the defendant s phone number was tracked and he was arrested According to the prosecutor the alleged offences contravene Sections 56 406 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Chief Magistrate Mrs O A Layinka admitted the defendant to N100 000 bail with one surety in like sum Layinka adjourned the case until Dec 16 for mention Edited amp Vetted By Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    21-year-old arraigned over alleged threat to rob bank
    Judiciary3 years ago

    21-year-old arraigned over alleged threat to rob bank

    The police  on Monday in Ikeja arraigned a 21-year-old unemployed man, Bright Ebhohimen, who allegedly threatened to rob Fidelity Bank.

    The defendant, whose address was not given, is facing charges of conspiracy, threat to life and attempt to steal, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

    The prosecutor, ASP Raji Akeem, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences  on Aug. 20, at a branch of Fidelity Bank in Ilupeju, Lagos.

    Akeem alleged that the defendant called the branch’s Manager, Mr Uche Okam, on phone and told him that his gang would come and `collect their shares’ from the bank.

    The prosecutor told the court that  the defendant’s phone number  was tracked and he was arrested.

    According to the prosecutor, the alleged offences contravene Sections 56, 406 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

    The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O. A Layinka, admitted the defendant to  N100, 000 bail with one surety in like sum.

    Layinka adjourned the case until Dec. 16, for mention.

    Edited & Vetted By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ijeoma Popoola
    (NAN)

     

  •   Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande President United Nations General Assembly says racism xenophobia resurgent nationalism as well as tendencies toward protectionism in Africa and other parts of the world are a threat multilateral efforts at addressing global challenges Muhammad Bande made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja when he paid his first official visit to Nigeria since he was elected President of UNGA Multilateral efforts are processes of organising relations between groups of three or more states Multilateral efforts comprise certain qualitative elements or principles such as indivisibility of interests among participants a commitment to diffuse reciprocity and a system of dispute settlement intended to enforce a particular mode of behaviour These elements and principles shape the character of the multilateral efforts or arrangement According to him no country of community Is self sufficient hence the need to strife for peace and unity He said that the striving for meaningful development required countries in Africa to work closely to collectively address the challenges and concerns of the continent He added that it was for that reason no African country remained silent on racism and xenophobia All African countries have condemned racism No African country is silent on racism After all the struggle against apartheid was not a South African struggle but a struggle of Africans and its friends and those who believe in humanity and that is one entitled New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants which decided to launch a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration He said that the Compact was to cover all dimensions of migration and to ensure migration was done in a safe and regular manner According to him the document is very rich and it seeks to address the concerns of migration Muhammad Bande added that the first positive development contained in the document was the recognition of migration as a positive thing The president of the General Assembly however explained that migration could be on the negative when carried out in an irregular manner and through dangerous and deadly routes Muhammad Bande said that the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration was a hard negotiation for stakeholders but there is an opportunity to see how well it will be implemented He said that the document would be reviewed after four years to assess the successes recorded and the challenges still existing for further action to be taken He noted that the adoption of a compact is derived from the fact that there is a problem and the way to deal with a problem is to see collectively whether there is a way to address that problem Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Racism, xenophobia, protectionism constitute threat to multilateral efforts at addressing global challenges – Muhammad-Bande
      Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande President United Nations General Assembly says racism xenophobia resurgent nationalism as well as tendencies toward protectionism in Africa and other parts of the world are a threat multilateral efforts at addressing global challenges Muhammad Bande made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja when he paid his first official visit to Nigeria since he was elected President of UNGA Multilateral efforts are processes of organising relations between groups of three or more states Multilateral efforts comprise certain qualitative elements or principles such as indivisibility of interests among participants a commitment to diffuse reciprocity and a system of dispute settlement intended to enforce a particular mode of behaviour These elements and principles shape the character of the multilateral efforts or arrangement According to him no country of community Is self sufficient hence the need to strife for peace and unity He said that the striving for meaningful development required countries in Africa to work closely to collectively address the challenges and concerns of the continent He added that it was for that reason no African country remained silent on racism and xenophobia All African countries have condemned racism No African country is silent on racism After all the struggle against apartheid was not a South African struggle but a struggle of Africans and its friends and those who believe in humanity and that is one entitled New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants which decided to launch a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration He said that the Compact was to cover all dimensions of migration and to ensure migration was done in a safe and regular manner According to him the document is very rich and it seeks to address the concerns of migration Muhammad Bande added that the first positive development contained in the document was the recognition of migration as a positive thing The president of the General Assembly however explained that migration could be on the negative when carried out in an irregular manner and through dangerous and deadly routes Muhammad Bande said that the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration was a hard negotiation for stakeholders but there is an opportunity to see how well it will be implemented He said that the document would be reviewed after four years to assess the successes recorded and the challenges still existing for further action to be taken He noted that the adoption of a compact is derived from the fact that there is a problem and the way to deal with a problem is to see collectively whether there is a way to address that problem Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Racism, xenophobia, protectionism constitute threat to multilateral efforts at addressing global challenges – Muhammad-Bande
    Foreign3 years ago

    Racism, xenophobia, protectionism constitute threat to multilateral efforts at addressing global challenges – Muhammad-Bande

    Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President, United Nations General Assembly says racism, xenophobia, resurgent nationalism, as well as tendencies toward protectionism in Africa and other parts of the world are a threat multilateral efforts at addressing global challenges.

    Muhammad-Bande made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja when he paid his first official visit to Nigeria since he was elected President of UNGA.

    Multilateral efforts are processes of organising relations between groups of three or more states. Multilateral efforts comprise certain qualitative elements or principles such as indivisibility of interests among participants, a commitment to diffuse reciprocity, and a system of dispute settlement intended to enforce a particular mode of behaviour.

    These elements and principles shape the character of the multilateral efforts or arrangement.

    According to him, no country of community Is self-sufficient, hence the need to strife for peace and unity.

    He said that the striving for meaningful development required countries in Africa to work closely to collectively address the challenges and concerns of the continent.

    He added that it was for that reason no African country remained silent on racism and xenophobia.

    “All African countries have condemned racism. No African country is silent on racism. After all, the struggle against apartheid was not a South African struggle, but a struggle of Africans and its friends and those who believe in humanity and that is one.

    , entitled “New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants,” which decided to launch a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration.

    He said that the Compact was to cover all dimensions of migration and to ensure migration was done in a safe and regular manner.

    According to him, the document is very rich and it seeks to address the concerns of migration.

    Muhammad-Bande added that the first positive development contained in the document was the recognition of migration as a positive thing.

    The president of the General Assembly, however, explained that migration could be on the negative when carried out in an irregular manner and through dangerous and deadly routes.

    Muhammad-Bande said that the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration was a hard negotiation for stakeholders “but there is an opportunity to see how well it will be implemented.”

    He said that the document would be reviewed after four years to assess the successes recorded and the challenges still existing for further action to be taken.

    He noted that the adoption of a compact is derived from the fact that “there is a problem and the way to deal with a problem is to see collectively whether there is a way to address that problem.”

    (Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim)
    (NAN)

  •   An unemployed man who allegedly terrorised a council chairman in Lagos State with fire arms was on Tuesday arraigned on a four count charge The police brought one Saheed Akanbi 33 before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court on counts of conspiracy breach of peace unlawful display of arms and threat to life According to the Prosecutor ASP Peter Nwangwu the defendant terrorised the Chairman of the Ifelodun Local Council Development Area Mr Fatai Ajidagba and the Amukoko community of Lagos State with fire arms Nwangwu told the court that the defendant and others at large unlawfully displayed the weapons on Sept 23 at Mosafejo Bus stop Amukoko He said that the defendant and The others conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by harassing innocent citizens with guns at the bus stop In the process of the mayhem the defendant threatened to shoot Honourable Fatai Ajidagba the Chairman of Ifelodun LCDA The other men who were involved however escaped Ammunition and two cartridges were recovered from the defendant he said According to him the offences contravene Sections 5 51 57 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 revised The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 51 prescribes a two year jail term for unlawful display of arms The defendant however pleaded not guilty and was granted bail by Chief Magistrate Yetunde Aje Afunwa in the sum of N500 000 with two sureties each in like sum Aje Afunwa ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed She adjourned the case until Jan 16 2020 for mention Edited by Adeboye Ajayi Ijeoma Popoola
    Unemployed in court over alleged illegal arms display, threat to council chairman  
      An unemployed man who allegedly terrorised a council chairman in Lagos State with fire arms was on Tuesday arraigned on a four count charge The police brought one Saheed Akanbi 33 before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court on counts of conspiracy breach of peace unlawful display of arms and threat to life According to the Prosecutor ASP Peter Nwangwu the defendant terrorised the Chairman of the Ifelodun Local Council Development Area Mr Fatai Ajidagba and the Amukoko community of Lagos State with fire arms Nwangwu told the court that the defendant and others at large unlawfully displayed the weapons on Sept 23 at Mosafejo Bus stop Amukoko He said that the defendant and The others conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by harassing innocent citizens with guns at the bus stop In the process of the mayhem the defendant threatened to shoot Honourable Fatai Ajidagba the Chairman of Ifelodun LCDA The other men who were involved however escaped Ammunition and two cartridges were recovered from the defendant he said According to him the offences contravene Sections 5 51 57 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 revised The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 51 prescribes a two year jail term for unlawful display of arms The defendant however pleaded not guilty and was granted bail by Chief Magistrate Yetunde Aje Afunwa in the sum of N500 000 with two sureties each in like sum Aje Afunwa ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed She adjourned the case until Jan 16 2020 for mention Edited by Adeboye Ajayi Ijeoma Popoola
    Unemployed in court over alleged illegal arms display, threat to council chairman  
    Judiciary3 years ago

    Unemployed in court over alleged illegal arms display, threat to council chairman  

    An unemployed man, who allegedly terrorised a council  chairman in Lagos State with fire arms, was on Tuesday arraigned on a four-count charge.

    The police brought one Saheed Akanbi, 33, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on counts of conspiracy, breach of peace, unlawful display of arms and threat to life.

    According to the Prosecutor,  ASP Peter Nwangwu, the defendant  terrorised the Chairman of the Ifelodun Local Council Development Area, Mr Fatai Ajidagba, and the Amukoko community of Lagos State, with fire arms.

    Nwangwu told the court that the defendant and others at large unlawfully displayed  the weapons  on Sept. 23, at Mosafejo Bus stop, Amukoko.

    He said that the defendant and The others conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by harassing innocent citizens with guns at the bus stop.

    “In the process of the mayhem, the defendant threatened to shoot Honourable Fatai Ajidagba, the  Chairman of Ifelodun LCDA.

    “The other men, who were involved, however, escaped.

    “Ammunition and two cartridges were recovered from the defendant,” he said.

    According to him, the offences contravene Sections 5, 51, 57 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 51 prescribes a two-year jail term for unlawful display of arms.

    The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty, and was granted bail by Chief Magistrate Yetunde Aje-Afunwa in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

     

    Aje-Afunwa ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed.

    She adjourned the case until Jan. 16, 2020, for mention.

    Edited by Adeboye Ajayi/Ijeoma Popoola

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