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…Faults Cyber Crime Prohibition Law by Umahi

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has faulted the state government of Engr David Umahi, for implementing Cybercrime Prohibition Law in the state without a public hearing.

The group however, demanded immediate release of a Radio presenter, Godfrey Chikwere, arrested and detained over a Facebook post on the order of the state government.

In a statement released to newsmen Wednesday in Abuja, AESID’s President Amb. Paschal Oluchukwu, gave Ebonyi state government 24 hours ultimatum to release the said Journalist and apologise to him for violation of his fundamental human rights.

“We at the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora, (AESID) received with stern reservations and downright condemnation, the assent recently given to a so-termed controversial; Cybercrime Prohibition Law Number 012 2021 by the Governor and Chief Executive of the State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi.

“The said law which we believe must have been surreptitiously signed into law without the traditional public debates especially at the legislative arm and involving the people’s inputs claims it genuinely wants to fight and stamp fake news spread through the use of Social media out of our dear State.

According to sketchy details and revelations made by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Hon. Uchenna Orji who is in his own right a Legal Practitioner, the Law which was only given the Chief Executive’s assent reportedly on September 27, 2021 is already being tested, amidst public outcry on a journalist and On-Air-Personality, one Mr. Godfrey Chikwere whom the Umahi government accused of making ‘offensive’ posts against the provisions of the law on his Facebook account.

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“As a leading governance and accountability platform, we have taken time to read through the Facebook posts made by the victim, Mr. Chikwere and we are sincerely at a loss just like virtually every other Social media users on how a mere post counseling youths to be careful with politicians who would engage them to kill and maim fellow youths became offensive to the said law?

“What exactly is the contravention in a post that never mentioned, abused or incited anyone either against individuals or the government? We are even further disturbed watching the Commissioner mention another post also made by the victim claiming that the Nigerian Army must have lost public respect following its arrest and detention of popular Nollywood Actor, Chinwetalu Agu who was picked up at the Upper Iweka area of Onitsha, Anambra State for adorning a dress with the customary rising sun logo. We ask; Assuming without even conceding that the army was assaulted or libeled, when did it cede the powers to restore its image on the Ebonyi State government or empowered them to act on its behalf?

“AESID therefore wish to ask certain pertinent questions regarding the hurried disposition of the government to enforce the said law. One; Was there any public debate before the Ebonyi State House of Assembly to enable the masses make submissions before this law was passed and assented to by the governor?

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“Two, as guaranteed in a constitutional democracy, did the House of Assembly ever call for a memoranda from members of the public to keep them informed, aware and participatory in the entire process of enacting the said anti-social media law?

“Thirdly, knowing how sensitive and controversial any regulatory law on the use of Social media is, is the government not merely targeting opposition elements particularly in the PDP as has been the case since the defection of the Governor to the ruling APC?”

While calling for the immediate and unconditional release within 24 hours of the said Journalist, “whom we understand is now lying critically ill in the hospital following his arrest and detention by the Police over the last weekend”, the group also demanded that the Journalist should be compensated with apology.

“AESID demands that Governor Umahi should in the same vein withdraw the said hasty assent he gave to this rather draconian law that should have no place in a democratic regime like ours.

“The law, which we believe is against the spirits and letters of Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the Freedom of Information Act effectively operational in our nation should have no place at all in a young and developing State like Ebonyi which is earnestly yearning for a marketplace of ideas to grow and level up with its contemporaries and competing neighbours.

“But for the fact that Umahi, in his outright dictatorial tendencies and overwhelming greed has not only ‘stolen’ enough from our public treasury but afraid of any form of dissenting opinion, there is no other reason we can blame for this secret promulgation of an utterly senseless ‘decree’ in a democracy to gag the Social media.

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“It is our duty as always therefore to call the State government and their agents to order not to continue to ridicule our beloved State which anti-progressive laws and actions that are not in conformity with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which Ebonyi is part of.

“Ebonyi is not an Umahi Republic and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), proclaims its supremacy in section 1 (1), in the following words: ‘This Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria’ and Section 1 (3) then goes on to state most unambiguously that ‘If any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution, this Constitution shall prevail and that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.’

The group said its deeply saddened by the developments in the state and cautioned Umahi’s administration “to stop further embarrassments and ridicule of our young state as the images of all reasonable and hardworking Ebonyians all over the globe are affected by their actions, and even inactions. Enough, we believe should already be enough, please!”

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Reps Deputy Minority Whips, Adekoya To Be Installed As ‘Otunba Gbadegoroye’ Of Isara Kingdom

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……AS AREMO EBUMAWE OF AGO-IWOYE IS HONORED BY THE ODEMO IN COUNCIL AS OTUNBA GBADEGOROYE OF ISARA KINGDOM

Good things do not only come to those who wait as the saying goes. Auspicious recognition, honour, and rewards come to those who serve diligently and relentlessly.

The house of representatives deputy minority whips, Rt Hon Adesegun Abdel-Majid Adekoya is set to be installed as the ‘Otunba Gbadegoroye’ of Isara Kingdom in Eastern part of Ogun state.

This, perhaps is the right description that befits Rt. Hon. Adesegun Abdel-Majid Adekoya, the Deputy Minority Whip, House of Representatives, 9th Assembly, who is also the Aremo Ebumawe of Ago-Iwoye, as he is set to be conferred with the prestigious Chieftancy title of *OTUNBA GBADEGOROYE of Isara-Remo,* Ogun State, by His Royal Majesty, the Odemo of Isara and the Odemo in Council. He, Rt. Hon. Adesegun Abdel-Majid Adekoya is a prominent Prince of the ERINSIBA Ruling House of Isara Remo.

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For the People’s Representative, the nomination, which he has since accepted, defines honour and rewards for service and commitment to sociopolitical responsibilites especially as such Chieftancy Title is coming from outside of his Federal Constituency and immediate environment of influence and operations.

The multiple titles holder, who is a Crown Prince, wishes to assure the Odemo of Isara, the *ERINSIBA Ruling House,* Odemo in Council, the good people of Isara Remo, his own Constituents, Ogun State people and humanity in general that this title which could not have come at a better time, will further reinforce and energize him to do more for mankind and society. After all, to whom much is given, much is equally expected.

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The Kaduna State Police Command is informing the general public particularly those who participated in the 2020 Physical and Credential Screening Exercise that, the Nigeria Police Force in collaboration with the Police Service Commission will be concluding the ongoing 2020 recruitment exercise of Ten Thousand (10,000) Police Constables into the service of the Nigeria Police Force.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige.

To this effect, the Command enjoined all applicants to check their names in the comprehensive list pested at the Police Command Headquarters Bida Road Kaduna.

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Successful candidates are to print out their examination slip which must be presented during the Computer Based Test Examination scheduled for Friday, 29th and Saturday, 30th October, 2021 at the following centers
* Dambo International College Barnawa
* Sardauna Memorial College (SMC) and
* Iya Abubakar CBT Center, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

The Command reiterated that the recruitment exercise is absolutely free of charge and without any pecuniary obligation, and warns all and sundry to desist from any form of extortion, as anybody found wanting will be sanctioned accordingly.

The Commissioner of Police CP Mudassiru Abdullahi psc (+) while wishing applicants successful exams, assures them of adequate security coverage before, during and after the exercise.

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Nigerian Air Force Vehicle Illegally Using BRT Lane Kills Young Artist In Lagos

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He was knocked down by the military vehicle illegally using a BRT lane on Ikorodu Road while he was on his way to work.

The Nigerian Air Force vehicle, violating the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Law in Lagos State, has allegedly killed a 31-year-old professional dancer, Ifeanyin Kalu.

According to popular stage actor, Segun Adefila, the deceased was knocked down by the military vehicle illegally using a BRT lane on Ikorodu Road while he was on his way to work.

Ifeanyin’s lifeless body was said to be in the mortuary of NAF hospital in Lagos, while his mother’s body was in another mortuary in the same state.

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Sources said his mother, Mrs Oluchi Kalu, died of cardiac arrest in August 2021.

They added that the Air Force offered the family N200,000 towards Ifeanyin’s burial.

Nigerian Air Force Vehicle Illegally Using BRT Lane Kills Young Artist In Lagos

“Ifeanyin was a young Nigerian artist who was diminutive in stature but gigantic in strides. His life was one huge struggle for survival without a thought for crime but through a dint of hard work,” Adefila posted on Facebook.

“He was a prominent member of the Bariga Artists Forum (BAF) and Guild of Nigerian Dance Practitioners (GONDP). He was also a founding member of Dachrismofa Art Troupe and an alumnus of Feetprints Africa and the assistant director of Kings and Queens Art Academy- a children focused theatre group.

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“His creative energy lit up every gathering he attended. Born on the 15th of July 1990, Ifeanyi was the second son of his economically disadvantaged family and the fourth child. He was a major breadwinner of the family, a bread not only rarely gotten but also never buttered.

“Their mother and matriarch of the Kalu clan passed on on the 27th of August 2021. On October 20, 2021, Ifeanyin’s life was cut short on the express way of Ikorodu Road. He lived with his aged father and 6 siblings and left them at home on that fateful day for a job he just secured. He was on his way to a school (Temple Schools, Ilupeju) where he was helping to teach the pupils cultural dance and music.

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“A Nigerian Air Force vehicle traveling on a BRT lane knocked him down. Ifeanyin’s body is still in the Nigerian Air Force base mortuary. Ifeanyin’s mum is also still in another mortuary. His bereaved family who are definitely inconsolable at the moment also stands the risk of not getting any form of tangible compensation from those whose vehicle knocked him down.”

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