To sustain momentum, SSS questions Sowore for alleged links to Boko Haram, Shiite movement, IPOB

Sources familiar with the continued incarceration of Omoyele Sowore have told PREMIUM TIMES the Nigerian activist was questioned earlier this week over purported ties to Boko Haram and other outlawed groups. Terrorism allegations were the focus of a grilling session conducted with Mr Sowore by State Security Service operatives on November 12, two sources familiar[...]

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Bishop Oyedepo: Imagine not hanging killers but they want to hang hate speakers

Bishop David Oyedepo who spoke on the opening day of Shiloh 2019, described the controversial hate speech bill as a 'crazy idea'.    The Founder and General Overseer of the Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners Chapel stated that the proposed hate speech bill is aimed at silencing Nigerians.   Oyedepo added that when one says something truthful,[...]

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Hate Speech Bill undergoes much needed Amendment

The Nigerian Senate may amend the proposed death penalty clause in the Hate Speech Bill before it. Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, who is the sponsor of the bill, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Abdullahi, who is the Deputy Chief Whip in the Senate, assured that the death penalty proposed in the[...]

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Facebook and Instagram bans notable extremist figures and groups as part of global crackdown

Facebook is cracking down on extremist figures and groups. On Thursday, the social network barred Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who hosts InfoWars, as well as far-right commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer. The ban, which included InfoWars, extends to the social network's Instagram photo-sharing service. Facebook said the banned people and groups had violated[...]

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Facebook extends ban on hate speech to ‘white nationalists’

Facebook is extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism.   The company previously allowed such material even though it has long banned white supremacists. The social network said Wednesday that it didn’t apply the ban previously to expressions of white nationalism because it linked such expressions[...]

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Putin signs new law Banning ‘fake news and ‘insulting the state’

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law tough new fines for Russians who spread what the authorities regard as fake news or who show 'blatant disrespect' for the state online, an official portal for legal information showed on Monday.   The legislation grants authorities the power to block websites if they fail to comply with requests to[...]

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No Vehicular movement on Election Day, no tolerance for hate speech- IGP

The Inspector General of Police Ag. IGP M.A Adamu has ordered restriction of vehicular movement from 6am to 6pm on Saturday the 16th of February, 2019, being the day for the Presidential and Federal legislative elections across the country. He premised his decision on national security, public wellbeing and safety. The IGP notes that the[...]

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El-Rufai’s statement not directed at us, say EU observers

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria 2019 has said that the threat by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai that foreign nationals who interfere in the forthcoming general elections would be given “body bags treatment was not directed at EU Observers.” Speaking during a visit to the Abuja Bureau Office of[...]

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China deletes 7 million pieces of online information. over 9,000 thousands mobile apps and 700 websites in fake news War

China’s cyber watchdog says it has deleted more than 7 million pieces of online information as well as 9,382 mobile apps, and it criticized tech giant Tencent’s (0700.HK) news app for spreading “vulgar information”.     The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement on its website the action was part of a clean-up[...]

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Court remands Deji Adeyanju in prison until February 2019

A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kano today ordered that political activist, Deji Adeyanju, be remanded in prison until February 2019. The police had dragged Deji before the court for the reopening of a murder case which he was discharged and acquitted for by the Kano State High Court following a lengthy trial that lasted between 2005 and[...]

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Alleged murder: Police move detained activist to Kano

The police have moved an activist and Convener, Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, to Kano, to verify claims that he was acquitted and discharged in a murder case by Justice Mohammed Haliru of the Kano High Court in 2009. An associate of the activist, Dare Atoye, informed our correspondent in Abuja that Adeyanju, who has been[...]

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Buhari: Security Agents Will Henceforth Arrest Hate Speech Makers

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerian elites to stop misleading the people through their unguarded utterances. Buhari, who is the visitor to the University of Uyo, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, gave the warning at the 24th convocation ceremony of the institution on Saturday. The President, who was represented by the Director of Corporate[...]

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