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Brazil Court Orders 48-Hour WhatsApp Block

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As Nigerians tackle the Senate on plans to pass a social media bill, residents of Brazil are facing a challenge of their own.

A court in the South American country today ordered cellular service providers to block WhatsApp for two days.

The AFP reported that the unprecedented blockage of the smartphone application was to implement a Sao Paulo state court order.

According to the report, the blockage is meant to take effect today from 2pm.

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However, it was unclear if the service providers would comply with the court order.

The court said WhatsApp had been asked several times to cooperate in a criminal investigation, but had repeatedly failed to comply, the AFP said.

It added that a judge in Piaui State tried but failed earlier this year to block the app, noting that authorities said they could not disclose details of the criminal investigation because it is an ongoing case.

A bill, which, among other things, seeks up to two years in prison for anyone who makes a false allegation against public officials or institutions, has led to outrage on and beyond the social media it is aimed at “regulating”.

Amid the outrage, President Muhammadu Buhari dissociated himself from the bill, which was sponsored by the Senator representing Kebbi South, Senator Ibrahim N’Allah.

More Nigerians have come out to condemn the bill, which has been tagged “anti-social media bill” in recent days.

On Tuesday, a professor of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos, Ralph Akinfeleye, called on N’Allah to apologise to Nigerians.

Source: Punch

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Burna Boy, Stefflon Don Unfollow Each Other On Instagram

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Burna Boy, Stefflon Don Unfollow Each Other On Instagram

Nigerian singer, Burna Boy and his girlfriend. Stefflon Don, have reportedly unfollowed each other on Instagram.

 

Information Nigeria recalls that last year, the self-acclaimed African giant unfollowed everyone on Instagram, leaving only Steff but as it is now, he has unfollowed her too.

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#EndSARS: People take time out to curse me in their prayers– Aisha Yesufu Reveals

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#EndSARS: People take time out to curse me in their prayers– Aisha Yesufu Reveals

Nigerian activist, Aisha Yesufu, has revealed that Muslims now take out time to curse her in their prayers.

Information Nigeria recalls that Yesufu lead #EndSARS campaign against police brutality and reforms.

 

The female activist disclosed this on her Twitter handle.

She wrote;

”Heard I am being cursed in mosques! People finish praying and take time out to curse me in their prayers I have asked they should please let me know how many of these curses they rained on me when I was making same demands during GEJ! We are all already cursed in Nigeria”

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Hoodlums loot Ndoma-Egba house in Calabar, cart away his late father’s robes

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Hoodlums who destroyed and looted the residence of former leader of the Nigerian Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba in Calabar reportedly carted away the Judge’s robes of the politicians’ father.

Reacting to the incidence, Ndoma-Egba appeared to the hoodlums to return the robes of his late father who was a judge.

 

Ben Ayade, governor of the state, had imposed a 24-hour curfew as part of measures to contain the situation but the mob broke loose.

In a statement, Ndoma-Egba narrated how he got intelligence on the attack but despite informing security agencies, “nothing was done to stop the attack”.

“At about 2 am (local time, as I was abroad) on Saturday 24th. October 2020 I received a text informing me that there were plans by arranged hoodlums to attack my residence in Calabar, that of Senator Gershom Bassey and a hotel owned by Senator John Owan Enor,” he said.

“I promptly forwarded the texts to Senators Bassey and Owan Enoh. I also called the security agencies in Calabar to apprise them of the information. Calabar from my information was already tense from the previous day’s break-in into warehouses storing COVID 19 palliatives and the subsequent breaching of shops and other businesses. The impending attack on Senators Bassey, Owan Enoh and I was already public knowledge as later that morning I got many calls to that effect.

“Thereafter I kept calling the security agencies by the hour when in spite of their assurances that they will secure my house there was no evidence of any security personnel in my vicinity. I understand, the times were indeed confounding for everybody.

“At about 2 pm the intruders broke into my house and looted it to the ground leaving only the bare floor. All the toilets, baths, pumps and indeed every imaginable fitting were removed as were items of furniture, clothing, a huge collection of mainly rare, out of print books, documents and historic photographs. They also removed all the windows, railings, family pictures and burglary proofs. Even my private chapel was not spared.

“They set the cars ablaze and parts of the building after more than four hours of interrupted operations in my house. It was methodical. Among the intruders were obviously electricians, plumbers, carpenters, motor mechanics, panel beaters and other tradesmen. Mercifully, no life was lost. I started building the house in 1991 and moved in in January, 2009.

“While not prejudging, and without prejudice to the work of the security agencies, I have forgiven the intruders, and pray fervently for them to find meaning, inner peace, and fulfilment in their lives. I only plead that they return my late father’s judges robes which they certainly would not be needed for anything and is surely incriminating.

“The destruction of my house was clearly premeditated, wanton and unjustifiable but I understand the anger in the land especially amongst our youths. However, if looting and burning my home will better their lives and bring positive change to our land, then it is a sacrifice my family and I gladly make.”

Ndoma-Egba said there is an urgent need to educate, motivate and engage the youth if they must be a blessing to the country.

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