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Video: Protesters storm NASS over hate speech bill, demand Sowore’s release

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Members of civil society groups, on Wednesday, stormed the National Assembly in Abuja to protest against the proposed Hate Speech, Social Media Bills.

The protesters led by Convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, camped at the entrance of NASS to also demand the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services despite being granted bail by the court.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions like:

“Social media bill on hate speech is against the freedom of speech/expression.

“Hate speech bill is dead on arrival.”

The Bill for an Act to Make Provisions for the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation and for related matters 2019, sponsored by Senator Musa Sani (APC-Niger east), passed second reading at the Senate last week.

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While presenting the lead debate on the bill during plenary on Tuesday 19 November, Sani said the bill was a 36-clause legislative proposal to provide for the prevention of broadcast of falsehood and manipulative contents using the internet and its intermediaries for transmission.

“It prescribes sanctions to offenders with a view to deterrence and the penalty for defaulters ranges from fine of up to N300, 000.”

Sani added that the bill also provided for the issuance of regulations dealing with the transmission of false statements of facts in Nigeria upon declaration.

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Senators from the ruling APC and opposition PDP have thrown their weight behind the bill.

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Tweeting with the hashtags #NoToSocialMediaBill, #NoToHateSpeechBill, Nigerians have opposed the bill and raised concerns that it would clamp down on freedom of speech and would wage war against critics of government.

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VIDEO: Seven-year-old boy, taught by Boko Haram, demonstrates gun handling and shooting strategies

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A village boy of around seven-years-old who was reported to have been to the Sambisa forest showed different gun handling and shooting strategies he has been taught.

In the 1.32 minutes video, the boy could be seen squatting and taking different poses as he fakes battle with some unseen forces.

Meanwhile, reports from Biu local government area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria, on Monday evening, revealed that suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked three villages, bringing down houses, shops and places of worship.

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The residents of the areas said about 90 residential houses, a Church, Clinic, 9 shops, and other properties worth millions of naira were destroyed during the attack.

The District Head of the area, Alh Mohammad Maina Bukar while briefing the Borno State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Usman Kadafur, who paid a sympathy visit to the affected communities, said they have lost source of livelihoods as a result of the attack.

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The communities blamed the attack on lack of telecommunications network in the area.

They, however, informed the deputy governor that local hunters repelled the attacks and succeeded in killing three members of the insurgents, while one resident sustained a bullet wound.

“There was no civilian casualty,” they said.

The district head said,

“The insurgents stormed the villages at about 6:30 pm to 10:25 pm simultaneously; they burnt down 90 residential Houses, 9 shops, 1 church, 1 dispensary/Clinic, 1 tractor and carted away essential commodities, as well as food items.”

While sympathizing with the people of the communities, the deputy governor urged them to take the incident as an act of Allah (God) and continue to pray for lasting peace.

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He also said that the vigilante group would be well equipped and provided with monthly stipends to help them operate side by side with the security operatives in defence of their communities.

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VIDEO: Seven months pregnant doctor saving COVID-19 patients from death

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Dr Zafia Anklesaria

A doctor treating COVID-19 patients despite being seven-month pregnant is currently trending on social media after a video of her at work leaked.

According to Reuters, 35-year-old Dr Zafia Anklesaria continues to put in 12-hour shifts at a hospital in Los Angeles, California.

What is most fascinating is the fact that Anklesaria is expecting her first child.

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I nearly committed suicide over N20m debt – Real Warri Pikin

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Popular comedienne, Anita Alaire Afoke Asuoha, popularly known as Real Warri Pikin, has opened up on why she attempted suicide in 2018.

The happily married mother revealed on Tonto Dikeh’s food show, “Grub and Rub” that her husband and herself were in debt of over N20m.

According to her, they invested in businesses that didn’t work out. She revealed that they borrowed monies from friends and families to invest, only for it to collapse. They had to sell off one of their cars, a Rav 4 and the only land they had in Kuje.

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Anita further added that everything wasn’t going well and her creditors were on her neck, she decided to take her own life, in 2018.

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