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January 13, 2022

Car Importer Arraigned For Over N264m Fraud In Kaduna




The Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC, on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, arraigned one Mohammed Sani Dàuda alongside his company, MS Seven Nigeria Limited, before Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court on a two count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence. 



Dauda was arrested by the EFCC following a petition alleging that sometime in August, 2021 he approached the complainant, claiming that he was into the importation of luxury cars from the United States of America. He convinced the complainant to patronize him. The petitioner subsequently deposited the sum of N70, 000,000 (Seventy Million Naira) into the company account of the defendant, for the purchase of a Mercedes Benz S-class 2021 model.



After a while, the complainant said he again paid another N 194,128,500.00 (One Hundred and Ninety Four Million, One Hundred Twenty Eight Thousand Five Hundred Naira) into the defendant’s company’s account domiciled in another bank for the purchase of a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon and a Rolls Royce. He further stated that after the payments were made, the defendant became evasive and efforts to reach him to either get the vehicles requested or have a refund became futile. 




January 13, 2022

EFCC Arrests Fake 'Army General' Over N270m Fraud, Claimed Buhari Nominated Him As Chief Of Army Staff


The suspect

 

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, have arrested one Bolarinwa Oluwasegun, a fake Army General, for an alleged N270m fraud.


The suspect, who posed as a General in the Nigerian Army, allegedly made false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources, that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, had shortlisted him and one other to be appointed as the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and that he needed a short grant “to press and process the appointment.”


He also allegedly forged a letter of appointment as COAS purportedly signed by the President and showed the same to the victim to further prove his claim.


In the said letter, he claimed that he needed to pay a certain amount of money into the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria, as part of the requirements for the appointment as COAS.


Oluwasegun, in his bid to defraud the victim, also allegedly forged several documents and the signature of the President.


He was arrested at his house in the Alagbado area of Lagos State on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.


Upon his arrest, six pump action guns, three cartridge bullets, a swagger stick and several forged documents were recovered from him.


The EFCC spokesperson disclosed that the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations have been concluded.




 

January 13, 2022

UNICAL Medical Student Emerges Overall Winner Of Music Show, Wins N5m Prize Money


 A 20 year-old medical student from the University of Calabar (Unical), Miss Divine Great, has emerged winner of the second edition of the YouCanSing music show in Abuja.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the music show Season 2 started on Oct. 3, 2021 with over 200 applicants from all over the country.


The Edo born Great beat MarySavio Okundo from Ebonyi and Petra Alare from Delta, who finished as the first and second runners up respectively.


Great expressed gratitude to her mother who she described as both her inspiration and manager, adding that she supported her every step of the way.


“I am not a fan of Facebook, but the day I decided to go online, I saw the advert and showed my mum who then advised and encouraged me to participate in the show.


“At first, I wondered how I was going to cope with the show, especially with my studies which was very demanding and took most of my time.


“However, with my mum’s support, I was able to pull through with all the challenges that came with the show and I am so glad that all my efforts paid off at the end of the day,” she said.


Great also expressed her gratitude to the organisers of the show for the opportunity to showcase her talent as well as fans who voted for her during the course of the show.


Richmond Atu-Johnson, the host of the show said that out of the over 200 contestants, only 96 made it to the live show.


“The show celebrated Nigeria’s 61st independence as contestants were made to sing a song celebrating Nigeria at 61.


“The show had four stages and seven contestants made it to the penultimate stage,” he said.


According to him, Great won the N5 million naira prize money, while Okundo and Alare, the runners up received music contract deals from Cityhill Records, one of the partners of the show.


. “They also received full music scholarship training at Cityhill Music Academy,” he said.


NAN also reports that the second season of the YouCanSing show, unlike the first, was broadcast live on TSTV cable network and NTA Entertainment.

(NAN) 

January 13, 2022

Cross River Governor Swears-in New Head Of Service


 

Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade,  Thursday swore-in a journalist, Timothy Ogbang Akwaji as the state's new Head of Service. He is the first journalist to be so appointed.


Akwaji was variously Editor and Managing Director of the state-owned newspaper, the Chronicle. 


A consummate journalist,  he was Vice President, East, Nigerian Guild of Editors and also Financial Secretary of the Guild.


Until his appointment as Head of Service, Akwaji was Permanent Secretary, Cross River State Ministry of CIimate Change and International Development Corporation, MIDC respectively. 


Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor's Office, Calabar, Ayade commended the new Head of Service for a harmonious working relationship with Commissioners of the various Ministries, especially, Dr Inyang Asibong, Commissioner for MIDC, where he served as Permanent Secretary.


According to the Governor, "I want this to be a lesson to all the Permanent Secretaries, that this is what the relationship between the permanent secretary and Commissioner should be.

"Within the short period of their working together, they have bonded to the point that she could cite his citation without almost reading it."


Ayade noted that "it shows clearly that the cleavage that divides us is far seen than the ones that unite us. It shows that a commissioner who has a good attitude and conduct can bring his or her Permanent Secretary so close that they become one."


Describing the new Head of Service as a distinguished scholar, a researcher, a fellow, an outstanding double masters degree holder in science genetics, management, public administration, as well as in journalism, a distinguished man in terms of attitude, integrity, character, honour and value, the governor said he has full confidence in him.


"I know you are self-charged. This is the first time I am swearing-in a permanent secretary without giving a charge because I believe that you will know the right thing to do, " Ayade said.


Responding, Akwaji expressed gratitude to the governor for appointing him, saying his appointment had excited the media community in Nigeria.


He assured the governor that as Head of Service, he will work conscientiously to drive productivity in the Cross River civil service.


"I will work with the Civil Service Commission and the Local Government Service Commission, two institutions of the service that are responsible for recruitment, promotion and discipline so that the two services would work smoothly and harmoniously with an aim to providing the key points upon which the laudable policies of government can seamlessly be implemented," Akwaji said.


He pledged to ensure that promotion in the civil service is based on productivity. Key performers indicators, he said, will be introduced and reckoned with before anybody gets promoted.


Promising to tackle the issue of ghost workers headlong, the new Head of Service said: "We will try as much as possible to reconcile the nominal roll with the payroll so that Cross River State that has challenges of funds will not accommodate any criminal process in the payroll."


Akwaji said there was need to reflate the workforce owing to the excision of Akwa Ibom from Cross River which left the state with depleted personnel who are at their various stages of retirement.



January 13, 2022

UNICAL Bids To Host Nigerian University Games, Inaugurates Committee


By George Odok (NAN)


The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, has expressed readiness that the university is ready to host the 26th edition of the Nigerian Universities Games (NUGA) schedule to hold in March 2024.


Prof. Obi gave the assurance while inaugurating the Preliminaries Committee and the Bid committee for the 2024 NUGA Games with a charge on them to be committed and proactive in the discharge of their duties to enable them achieve their mandate.


The Vice Chancellor said that the institution was keen on hosting the NUGA 2024, hence the inauguration of the bid committee to ensure that the hosting right is given to Unical.


she said the institution was taking a step of faith, adding that, ''with God on our side, the institution will be granted the hosting right for the 2024 NUGA Games".


She gave assurance that the institution would work towards upgrading its sports facilities, which she believed, would brighten its chances of winning the hosting right.


Earlier, the Acting Director of Sports, Dr Blessing Anam, said that preparations for the NUGA 2024 games had started, even as she expressed optimism that with the calibre of persons in the committees, the institution would be granted the hosting right.


While calling on the committee members to brace up for the task ahead, she aligned with the Vice Chancellor's submission on the need to upgrade the institution's facilities in order to boost the institutions chances of getting the hosting right for the NUGA Games.


The Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. Michael Okom, was inaugurated as the Chairman of the bid committee, while Prof. Lucas Ogunjimi will serve as Vice Chairman.


Other members of the committee are; Mr. Joseph Odum(Bursar), Engr. Joseph Alaga(Director of work), Arch.James Ikpi(Director of Physical Planning), Dr. Raphael Offiong(Faculty of Environmental Sciences), Mr.Effiong Eyo(Information Unit).

Others are: Arch.Williams Effiong(Physical Planning Unit), Dr.Dien.A Dien( Acting Director of Health Service), Mr.Okon Usani( Acting Chief Security Officer), Pst.Alberto Osang(Secretary, Directorate of Sports), Dr.Edmond.A.Odok(Deputy Director of Sport) and Dr.Blessing Anam(Acting Director of Sports).


Similarly, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Obi, will serve as the Chairman of the main organising committee for the games, while Prof. Michael Okom, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, will serve as the Vice Chairman.


Other members of the committee are; Dr.Tony Eyang(Dean Students Affairs), Prof. Ogunjimi Lucas(Technical), Dr.Dien Dien(Medical Director), Mr.Joseph Odum(Bursar), Mr.Effiong Eyo(Information Officer), Mr.Okon Usani(Chief Security officer), Engr.Joseph Alaga(Director of Works), and Dr.Blessing Anam( Acting Director of Sports).



January 13, 2022

Shell Staff Killed By Kidnappers Despite Ransom Payment


 

Richard Elesho


A kidnapped Kogi born senior staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company, Mr Ojonimi Ossai has been been found dead, despite payment of N5 million ransom to his abductors by members of his family.


It was learnt that Ossai was travelling to Igalamela-Odolu community, Kogi State for the burial of his father in-law in last weekend when he encountered gunmen who abducted him along Itobe-Anyigba road, according to family sources.


The gunmen later made contact with relations of Ossai to demand ransom for his release.


A source from the family said a ransom of N5 million was delivered to the abductors of Ossai, but unfortunately, it was his corpse that was found and picked from the bush on Tuesday morning.


“He came home in a jalopy car to disguise himself from kidnappers. Yet, he ran into them (gunmen) at Itobe-Anyigba road.


“We picked his corpse this early morning from the bush,” a source in the family said.


When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, PPRO, William Aya, said the command was yet to get the details of the incident.


It would be recalled that another Kogi born oil worker based in Saudi Arabia, Ogacheko Atanu, was hacked to death during a visit home last year.


Insecurity has been a challenge across the country.



January 13, 2022

AFCON: Tunisia Appeal To CAF For Replay Of Match Against Mali After Referee Blew For Full-time At 85 Minutes Of Play


 

Tunisia have made an appeal to CAF to replay their Africa Cup of Nations Group F match against Mali after the ended in a controversial 1-0 defeat. 


Mali were 1-0 up after Ibrahima Kone scored a spot-kick when referee Janny Sikazwe blew the final whistle early.


The Zambian official first blew the final whistle after just 85 minutes before restarting play for four minutes, but blew again with just 89 minutes and 43 seconds of the clash gone before 90 minutes. 


According to DailyMail, Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba's post-match press conference was later interrupted as it was announced the final three minutes of the game would be played. About 40 minutes later the Mali players and officials returned to the pitch but the Tunisian players refused as they had reportedly already had their ice baths.

 

Tunisia's refusal to return to play the remainder of the game led to Sikazwe blowing his whistle once again to call off the match, meaning the 1-0 victory for Mali will stand.


In the aftermath, Tunisia coach Mondher Kebaier slammed the decision as 'inexplicable' and the nation have now called for the game to be replayed, according to beIN SPORTS. 


Should the 1-0 result stand, Mali will be in a strong position to advance into the knockout stages of the competition for the second tournament running. 


In his post-match press conference Kebaier said: 'Very tough to manage non-sporting affairs.


'At the 85th minute, he blows the final whistle. Again at 89th minute. There was supposed to be 7-8 minutes of additional time. His decision is inexplicable.'


'The players were taking ice baths for 35 minutes before they were called back out again,' he added. 


'I've been coaching for a long time never seen anything like it. Even the 4th referee was preparing to lift the board and then the whistle was blown.'






January 13, 2022

Graphic: Man Killed In Anambra For Sacrifice To Deity; Heart, Penis, Head, Missing



A 53-old man, Tagbo Okoye has been reportedly killed in his farm at Omor Community in Ayamelum local government area of Anambra State.



Okoye was said to have been killed by two suspected young men from Anaku a neigbouring community for alleged sacrifice to a deity in the community known as ‘Ekwensu’.



The cousin brother to the deceased Mr. Johnson Ifejika who spoke to Daily Sun said that his killers cut-off his head, penis, heart, ankle and hands before they buried him in a shallow grave.



According to him, “my brother who was a widower was declared missing on January 10, 2022 after he went to farm to harvest cassava at about 8am and did not return. The matter was reported to the police and we organized a search party who moved to the farm in search of him till night we returned home to no avail.
“We continued the search with the security agents till yesterday when we saw a shallow grave and his corpse was exhumed with his vital organs missing. It was an indication that he was killed for Anaku deity sacrifice which is done every year.



“We learnt that the two names of alleged killers have been given to police by the community leaders but they are yet to be arrested” Ifejika stated.



The Chairman of Ayamelum LGA Mr. Benjamin Anyavulu Onyeabor who confirmed the incident said that he made effort to calm the situation by holding back the youths of Omor for reprisal attack.



He said that he was called on phone at the 12 midnight two days ago of the missing man and he was later exhumed from the grave where he was buried by the killers from Anaku whom he said have been identified.



“I want to say that the DPO in Anaku division has failed in his duty and should be sacked or removed from the area. Since yesterday the names of the killers were submitted to the DPO he refused to arrest them and prosecute them according to the law.



“There is calmness in the area as security operatives comprising police, army and DSS have been stationed in the area to maintain law and order.



The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Tochukwu Ikenga who confirmed the incident said that the corpse has been exhumed deposited at morgue for autopsy.



He said that the cause of the death of the man has not been ascertained as investigation was on to know actual the cause of his killing.
“Yes, our Divisonal Police station in Anaku discovered a corpse of a man in farm at Omor. For now we cannot ascertain the cause of the his death but his corpse has been deposited at morgue for onward autopsy. We are calling on the people of the community to volunteer information that will be helpful to the police in the cause of our investigation.



“The place is calm as police command has drafted some policemen to the area to maintain law and order” Ikenga stated.
It would be recalled that in May last year four young men from Omor community were abducted and allegedly killed as sacrifice for the deity in Anaku community.






January 13, 2022

Regina Daniels Celebrates Mother Rita On 47th Birthday

 

Nollywood actress Regina Daniels could not hide her joy on Wednesday, January 12 as her mother Rita Daniels, who is also an actress, celebrated her 47th birthday.


Regina shared recent and old pictures of herself and mum on Instagram, saying she was indebted to her mother for her patience and sacrifice.


“Dear mommy @rita.daniels06 I don’t have the right words to express how special and quintessential your presence is for me. Under your shadow, I feel the safest and the happiest. Happy birthday to my sweet mother! Thanks a lot mother for the utmost love and infinite patience. I owe you a lot,” she wrote.


The actress, who prides herself as forever 16, added that she would one day make her mum proud.


“One day I will fill every fibre of your body with pride. Though I am fulfilling my promises already but it’s just getting started,” she said.


The 21-year-old also celebrated her mother for being the source of her good luck and happiness.


“The reason God has sent mothers on earth is to make sure that there is at least a person who can understand the feelings of their children and guide their daughters. Mother, you are the source of good luck and happiness in my life. My whole world illuminates in no time with your lively presence, when it comes to seeking knowledge, wisdom, and conscience. I love you my treasure,” she concluded.


Celebrating herself, Rita said in an Instagram post that while growing up, everyone around her spent all their time trying to be great.


“What a time to be alive. There’s no other way to say I am grateful for life. Everything has been orchestrated to favour me in this New Year. It’s my big day, my birthday and my party time! Happy birthday to me,” she wrote.






 

January 13, 2022

Photos: Man Kills His Three Daughters, Dumps Their Bodies Inside Refrigerator


The Enugu State Police Command on Wednesday said it has arrested a 52-year-old Ifeanyi Amadikwa, of 74 Nkwubor Road, Emene, Enugu East local government area of the state for the murder of his three daughters.


The suspect, according to a statement by the Command’s spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, murdered the children and dumped their bodies in a spoilt refrigerator.


The statement partly reads, “Police operatives attached to Enugu Metro Area Command of Enugu State Police Command, on 04/01/2022 at about 1930hrs, arrested one male suspect, Ifeanyi Amadikwa aged 52, of 74 Nkwubor Road, Emene, Enugu, for allegedly murdering and dumping in a spoilt deep freezer fridge, his three female children namely: Chidalum Amadikwa aged 11 (who is his step-daughter), Amarachi Amadikwa aged (cool and Ebubechukwu Amadikwa aged (4).


“Preliminary investigation showed that the suspect’s wife and mother of the children, went to the market with her only male child on 04/01/2022, leaving the others in the suspect’s custody. She, however, came back in the evening hours of the said date and could not find any of the three children.


“But while searching for them, the suspect drew her attention to the said fridge he had brought back home from his shop on 02/01/2022 and kept in their apartment’s veranda. And on closer observation, the lifeless bodies of the children were found in the fridge with bruises, suggesting that they might have been murdered and dumped in the fridge.”


It added, “the lifeless bodies of the children were immediately moved to the hospital, where they were confirmed dead by medical doctors on duty, and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.”


Ndukwe, said that the State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal, had described the killing of the little children as unfortunate and heartless, and commiserated with the mother, relatives, and friends of the deceased children.






 

January 13, 2022

Kinsmen, Groups Declares Total Support For Engr. Ben Akak's Rumoured Governorship Ambition

 


Obio Monday


Engr Ben Akak's rumoured Gubernatorial ambition has received a huge boost from his kinsmen from Ubia Obio village, Ukwa Eburutu Community of Odukpani Local Government Area, Cross River State . 


His kinsmen who were visibly excited that Cross Riverians are clamouring for Engr Ben Akak to join the Gubernatorial race pledged their unwavering support to Engr Ben Akak as they informed him that the entire village is excited a man like him adorns their landscape.  

Engr. Akak during the visit of his kinsmen


His kinsmen further demonstrated their support by making a cash donation of N5,000000 ( five million naira) and billboards for the 18 local Government's of Cross River State . 


Engr Ben Akak in his response wholeheartedly thanked his brothers for the huge sacrifice they have made to support the Ben Akak project promising to continue in his developmental projects to the advancement of humanity .


Engr Ben Akak is indeed a movement. The will of the people is the will of God .


Also, a group, Coalition for Ben Akak (COBA) in a similar visit pledged their total support for Engr. Akak, as it assures of spreading the good works of Engr. Akak from the hills of Obanliku to the creeks of Bakassi. 


Speaking on behalf of the group, the leader of the group, Mr. Esuong Uwase, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on Calapharm, said the group boosts of thousands of youths across the eighteen local government. He said the group believes in the philosophy of Engr. Akak, which is in tandem with that of Governor Ayade, and will do all it can to ensure that Engr. Akak emerges the winner, if he decides to run for the number one seat in the state.



Another group, Ben Akak Non-Negotiable 2023, on their part,  pledged their unalloyed support for Engr. Akak.


In a meeting with Engr. Ben Akak, the leader of the support group, Comr. Nya Inyang assured him of the group's 100% support, stressing the group's intention of mobilizing Cross Riverians at the rural and urban areas to queue behind him for the betterment of the state.







January 13, 2022

Identical Twin Brothers Marries Identical Twin Sisters Same Day

Popular Kano twin brothers and Hausa sensation known in the Hausa hip-pop music scene as ‘Tagwayen Asali’ have taken the matrimonial vow in a grand style to Katsina born twins, Hassana and Hussaina in Kano.

The identical twin brothers who got married to the look-alike twin sisters wowed their fans with the marriage thereby taking the Northern entertainment industry by storm.

Known for their unified mode of dressing and genre of music style, the duo haven’t ceased to amaze their fans as they have been together as a musical group for years as well as working in the same federal government establishment.

According to the grooms, they have been praying and fasting fervently to have identical twin sisters to get married to, adding that God has answered their prayer by giving them identical twins to get married to from Katsina.

“Getting married to identical twins is one wish we have been seeking all our lives and to God be the glory we have achieved that”, said one of the twin grooms.

In solidarity, the wedding ceremony was attended by many sets of twins who are friends of the groom’s and brides. Similarly, famous Hausa music crooner Hamisu Breaker entertained guests during the wedding.







 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: FG Lifts Ban On Twitter


  

Following the approval given by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government has lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria effective from Thursday 12 midnight.


The Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, disclosed this in statement Wednesday.


He explained that the approval was given following a memo written to the President by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.


“The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, 13th January 2022. 


“The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim. In the Memo, the Minister updates and requests the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation,” the statement said. 


Recall that on 5th June 2021, Nigerian government suspended the operation of Twitter through an announcement made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed. 


The statement said the immediate and remote cause of the suspension was the unceasing use of the platform by some unscrupulous elements for subversive purposes and criminal activities, propagating fake news, and polarising Nigerians along tribal and religious lines, among others. 


“These issues bordering on National Security, Cohesion and the effects of the abuse of the Twitter platform forced the FGN to suspend the operation of Twitter to address the direct and collateral issues around its operations in Nigeria. 


“The new global reality is that digital platforms and their operators wield enormous influence over the fabric of our society, social interaction and economic choices.


“These platforms can be used as either a tool or a weapon. Every nation is grappling with how to balance its usage efficiently. Without balancing, every citizen’s security, privacy, social well-being, and development are at stake,” the statement said. 


“The process of resolving this impasse between the FGN and Twitter Inc.has helped lay a foundation for a mutually beneficial future with endless possibilities.


“Twitter is a platform of choice for many Nigerians ranging from young innovators to public sector officials who find it helpful to engage their audience. Therefore, our engagement will help Twitter improve and develop more business models to cover a broader area in Nigeria.


“Furthermore, the FGN looks forward to providing a conducive environment for Twitter and other global tech companies to achieve their potential and be sustainably profitable in Nigeria,” the statement noted. 


The government said the gains of its actions against Twitter include “ongoing economic and training opportunities as the company continues to consider expanding its presence in Nigeria;


“Getting a better understanding of how to use the Twitter platform effectively to improve businesses; Revenue generation from the operation of Twitter in Nigeria;


“Smooth and coordinated relationship between Nigerian Government and Twitter leading to mutual trust; Reduction of cybercriminal activities such as terrorism, cyberstalking, hate speech, etc.; and Working with Twitter and other global companies to build an acceptable code of conduct following the global best practice.”


NITDA said the Federal government has asked Twitter to fulfil some conditions before restoring its services.



“These conditions addressed legal registration of operations, taxation,and managing prohibited publication in line with Nigerian laws. Twitter has agreed to meet all the conditions set by the FGN.


Consequently, the FGN and Twitter have decided on an execution timeline, which has started this week. Our engagement with Twitter opens a new chapter in global digital diplomacy and sets a new operational template for Twitter to come back stronger for the benefit of Nigerians.


On the resolutions with Twitter, the statement said “Twitter has committed to establishing a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022. The legal entity will register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The establishment of the entity is Twitter’s first step in demonstrating its long-term commitment to Nigeria.


“Twitter has agreed to appoint a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities. The Global Public Policy team is also directly available through a dedicated communication channel.


“Twitter has agreed to comply with applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law. Twitter has agreed to enrol Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals.


“The Partner Support Portal provides a direct channel for government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited content that violates Twitter community rules. 


“At the same time, the Law Enforcement Portal provides a channel for the law enforcement agencies to submit a report with a legal justification where it suspects that content violates Nigerian Laws. Taken together, these represent a comprehensive compliance apparatus.

 

“Twitter has agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built and work with the FGN and the broader industry to develop Code of Conduct in line with global best practices, applicable in almost all developed countries.”


“Therefore, the FGN lifts the suspension of the Twitter operations in Nigeria from midnight of 13th January 2022. We encourage all users of the Twitter platform to maintain ethical behaviour and refrain from promoting divisive, dangerous, and distasteful information on the platform. 


“As patriotic citizens, we need to be mindful that anything illegal offline is also illegal online and that committing a crime using a Nigerian Internet Protocol (IP) is synonymous with committing a crime within our jurisdiction. 


“Considering Twitter’s influence on our democracy, our economy, and the very fabric of our corporate existence as a Nation, our priority is to adapt, not ban, Twitter.


“The FGN is committed to working with Twitter to do anything possible to help Nigerians align and navigate Twitter algorithmic design to realise its potentials while avoiding its perils.


“In his approval, the President appreciates the Presidential Committee led by the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed, for the supervisory role and guidance given to the Technical Committee during the engagement. Similarly, the Presidential Committee commends the Technical Committee for a professional, robust and productive engagement with Twitter Inc,” the statement said.