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Lady narrates how she almost became ‘victim’ of PH serial killer

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A Nigerian lady has narrated how she almost became another possible victim of the serial killer of ladies in hotel rooms in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

WuzupNigeria reports that in the last one month, the remains of ladies strangled to death in hotel rooms with a white cloth tied around their neck have been discovered in several hotels in the Port Harcourt.

The discovery of the strangled remains has raised concerns that there may be a serial killer on the prowl in the State who may soon extend his nefarious act to other states if not arrested.

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The latest killing of a lady in Port Harcourt on Friday has sparked outrage among social media users who have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #ProtectPHGirls to call on security operatives to protect Port Harcourt ladies from killers residents and arrest the serial killer.

A lady who also lent her voice to the call on Twitter on Monday morning narrated her ordeal which she described as a possible way the serial killer may have been luring his/her victims.

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In a series of tweets via her handle @Danita_cobbs, the lady, who described herself as an entrepreneur, said she got a call from a lady posing as a customer asking her to deliver some goods to her hotel in Port Harcourt.

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She said when she got to the hotel reception where she had agreed to meet the supposed customer, the caller asked her to come over to her room, but she rejected the request because that was not part of their agreement.

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Nigeria, one of West Africa’s most dangerous countries for journalists – Reporters Without Borders

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Nigeria is one of West Africa’s “most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists,” an international media watchdog has said.

Expanded state surveillance, the spread of disinformation, and arbitrary arrests of journalists who report critically on the ruling political establishment were cited as the main obstacles to press freedom by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

In its 2020 annual World Press Freedom Index, RSF ranked Nigeria 115 out of 180 countries, in which one is considered the freest.

Other rights groups have also expressed alarm about conditions for the media in Nigeria over the past year.

The Media Foundation for West Africa said Nigeria was among the countries in the region where journalists are assaulted, attacked, or have had equipment seized and destroyed while covering COVID-19, the respiratory ailment triggered by the coronavirus.

Nigerian laws designed to safeguard press freedoms aren’t being enforced, said Lagos-based freelance journalist Orji Sunday.

“Nigeria enjoys relative press freedom… because we have very robust documents backing press freedom in the country — but, in reality, there’s very little to defend the beauty of [those laws],” he told VOA.

Under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, reporting on corrupt politicians, police brutality, human rights abuses, or even the Boko Haram insurgency, he added, is not only logistically challenging but potentially dangerous.

“These are the kinds of stories that journalists find a lot of difficulties having access to the information that should guide their work every day,” said Sunday, who regularly contributes to the Al Jazeera news site, the non-profit environmental publication Mongabay, and The Guardian newspaper.

“We’ve had journalists beaten, jailed, threatened, and their families humiliated, because they covered a story that a particular politician deemed to be very embarrassing.”

In April, the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi questioned journalist Chijioke Agwu over a report about Lassa fever at a press conference and then ordered police to take him away.

“Umahi then publicly accused Agwu of publishing ‘false and damaging’ information that violated Section 35 of Ebonyi’s new state law on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases,” said Jonathan Rozen, CPJ’s senior Africa researcher. Rozen said Agwu was released later without charge.

In the early hours of May 9, Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) raided the Bayelsa state home of Naija Live TV founder Saint Mienpamo Onitsha, seizing his phone.

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According to the CPJ, the DSS agents drove Onitsha around blindfolded for hours before bringing him to a local DSS office, where he was interrogated and later released without charge on May 12.

Nigerian law says police may not detain any suspect for longer than 48 hours without a court order.

Nigerian lawmakers are currently reviewing legislation that would criminalize spreading false information online and allow the government to order internet shutdowns and block access to social media sites such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

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The 2019 Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill, which carries penalties including up to three years in prison or fines of up to 300,000 naira (U.S. $770), doubles down on Abuja’s efforts to criminalize free speech.

“Nigeria has criminal defamation on its books already, so this is just another example of the criminalization of speech,” Rozen told VOA, adding that the draft legislation has been criticized by journalists and civil society groups for being overly vague.

If passed, he said, it could become Nigeria’s latest tool for suppressing journalists.

“There’s already a Cybercrime Act, which was passed at the very end of [former president] Goodluck Jonathan’s term in 2015,” he said. Rozen said that legislation was similarly vague and “repeatedly used against the press.”

Journalists in Nigeria also risk arrest. While the number of imprisoned journalists across the continent has remained fairly steady over the past year, the CPJ reported that “freedom of expression is backsliding in… Nigeria, which does not bode well for journalists.”

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Accusations of being anti-state are sometimes used against the media.

Omoyele Sowore, the founder of the U.S.-headquartered news site Sahara Reporters, was recently charged with treason after a legal dispute with Nigerian officials.

Sowore, who ran against Buhari in Nigeria’s February 2019 presidential contest, was detained in August for organizing nationwide rallies against corruption and allegations of unfair elections. He was held until late December, despite multiple court orders for his release.

“It is clear that the right to freedom of expression is increasingly under threat in Nigeria,” said a PEN International commentary about Sowore, who is on bail but restricted from leaving the country. PEN is a global network of writers.

Officials at Nigeria’s Washington embassy did not respond to VOA’s emailed requests for comment.

Aside from legal risks, Nigeria has a poor record in securing justice for journalists murdered for their work.

At least five journalists have been killed in relation to their work since 2010, according to CPJ, which ranks Nigeria 12th on its 2019 impunity index.

“We’ve had journalists who have lost their lives also along the way reporting some of the most important stories,” Sunday told VOA.

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Nigerian businessman, accused of theft, beaten to death in Indian [Video]

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A Nigerian man had been allegedly beaten to death in Palam, New Delhi, India.

According to reports, the businessman, identified as Sunny Mike, as beaten to death on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

His brutal death has received the attention of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).

Local media claimed Mike was beaten to death by a mob after an Indian lady accused him of theft, prompting passers-by to beat him till he passed out.

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The businessman had died before the arrival of the police at the scene and his body was immediately moved to the morgue while friends and family members took to social media to demand justice.

Reacting to Sunny Mike’s death, a video of the brutal beating was shared by NIDCOM and disclosed that the Nigerian mission in India is aware and currently investigating the incident.

“Our attention has been drawn to above incident of a Nigerian brutally beaten up in Delhi, India.

The Nigerian mission in India is aware and are currently investigating the circumstances. We call on Nigeria Community in India to be calm as the Mission is aware.”

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Akande emerges Chairman of Ibadan LG Properties Company

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Mr. Kehinde Akande, the Caretaker Chairman, Ibadan South-West Local Government has emerged as the new chairman of Ibadan Local Government Properties Company.

He emerged winner of an election conducted at a meeting of Caretaker Chairmen for local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Ibadanland on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ibadan Property Company is a business entity of all local governments and LCDAs in Ibadanland.

Akande defeated his co-contender, Mr. Hameed Adekunle, the Chairman, Akinyele South LCDA with 16 votes to one.
Mr. Ibrahim Akintayo, the Caretaker Chairman, Ibadan North-East Local Government, told newsmen after the meeting that 16 of the 17 chairmen present voted for Akande.

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Akintayo said that the company was set up with the objective of trading in real estate businesses, while local government chairmen in Ibadaland are members of its board.

Akande, in his acceptance speech, appreciated Gov. Seyi Makinde for his forthrightness and commitment to see that Ibadan and the entire Oyo State was developed.

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He commended the governor for proving his democratic credentials by directing the local government chairmen to pick the chairman of the company through democratic means.

“As the newly elected chairman of Ibadan Local Governments Properties Company, I am using this opportunity to thank Gov. Seyi Makinde for his forthrightness to see that Ibadan and Oyo State is developed.

“This is one of the developments our able governor is bringing to the state by asking all the chairmen to elect their chairman through democratic means,” he said.

Akande said that his vision was to start doing things the right way and put Ibadan in good standing in terms of development.

“Ours is going to be visionary and sustainable development for Ibadan, and I promise to entrench transparency which is the watchword of our able governor.

“Everything we do must be transparent and I promise everyone that we are going to be accountable in everything we will be doing,” he said.

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