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Centre For Liberty Demands Complete Reversal Of Electricity Tariff, Others

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The Centre for Advancement of Civil Liberties and Development, also known as Centre for Liberty (CFL) is a network of social change agents who are committed to institutional reforms, protection of fundamental human rights, democratic and legislative governance and digital freedom. CFL is dedicated to reawakening the citizens and mobilizing them for non-violent citizens’ actions against impunity, injustice, bad policies and bad leadership throughout Nigeria.
In a statement jointly signed by Adebayo Raphael, Ariyo-Dare Atoye and Deji Adeyanju; co-conveners, Centre for Liberty, the group believes that things have gotten really bad for Nigerians economically, and that Nigeria’s democracy is being battered and her civic space is shrinking.
“We recall that between March 19, 2020 and now, the price of petrol being sold to ordinary Nigerians has gone from 121.50Naira to 162Naira or more in some places. In the same vein, the tariff for electricity was increased by 100%, taking effect from September 1, 2020, and adding salt to the injury of economic hardship of Nigerians. And as if that weren’t enough, the government hurriedly passed a bill that will ensure the disappearance of the Third Sector in Nigeria into law; The Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020, was passed by the National Assembly and became law upon President Buhari’s assent on August 7, 2020. These unpleasant developments followed the lingering legislative consideration of the Social Media Bill and Hate Speech Bill seeking to criminalize freedom of expression and punish citizens for freely expressing themselves.” The statement read in part.
The statement read further: “The obnoxious provisions in the CAMA Act that undermines nongovernmental organizations, and also the entire provisions of the social media bill and hate speech bill, are legislations worse than colonial edicts and laws, and they seek to subjugate rightsholders and put them at mercies of the ruling elites.”
“No truly Independent Democratic nation will seek to impose such laws on its citizens, and believe that the occasion of Nigeria’s Independence anniversary provides an opportunity to the government and the world that Nigerians are Not Yet Independent, until we are free of internal subjugation and oppression.”
According to the group, the emergency intervention which it called “NotYetIndependent” focused on mobilizing citizens against the “recent plethora of government’s policies and the impunity and nonchalance for the plight of common people that characterizes those policies.”
The #NotYetIndependent protest was done in several locations across the six geo-graphical zones in the country, including the FCT, Abuja. Protesters took to the streets in places like Yola, Benue, Bauchi, Benin, Auchi, Iseyin, Lagos, among others.
According to the statement, the group said “balloons are often used to celebrate happy moments across the world. Our goal is to create a new and strong sense of awareness through the usage of Balloons for this nationwide protest: that while the rest of the world may be celebrating beautiful occurrences with balloons, Nigerians are in fact lamenting the state of the nation with their own balloons.”
The protesters urged the federal government to completely reverse the Fuel Price Hike, Electricity Tariff Increase, and suspend the CAMA ACT, just as it urged the Nigerian Senate to kill the Hate Speech Bill and Social Media Bill.

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I Didn’ t Travel To France And I Am Still The Jagaban – Tinubu

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The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in a public appearance on Saturday, confirmed that he never travelled to France as rumoured earlier this week.
in its support for media accountability, checked the veracity of the videos being circulated on social media platforms, claiming the former Lagos Governor had travelled to the French country. However, this paper, after a forensic examination of the three major video footages, concluded that the claim was false .
Meanwhile, during a courtesy visit to the residence of the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu, Mr Tinubu also addressed the rumours when questioned by a journalist.
“I didn’t go nowhere. I’m a Lagosian and I still hold the title of the Asiwaju of Lagos and I’m still the Jagaban,” the APC Chieftain said.
“They said Seyi, my son, kidnapped, here he is,” he added, pointing at Seyi Tinubu, the owner of Loatsad Promomedia Limited, an advert company based in Lagos.
It should be noted that Many Nigerians have accused Mr Tinubu of being a major player in the shooting of unarmed protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll Plaza on Tuesday night. Not less than 16 lives were lost to the incident according to Amnesty International, a global human rights organisation.
Although the Lagos State Government and Mr Tinubu had denied knowledge of the killings and promised to investigate, several persons questioned the removal of the CCTV cameras and putting off streetlights before the shooting started. Speaking to journalists on the shooting, Mr Tinubu said casualties of Lekki Shootings have some questions to answer too.
“How are they there? How long were they there? What kind of characters are they?” he asked on Saturday.
how prominent people including Presidents and citizens of other countries have continued to condemn the attack on the unarmed protesters.

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Aisha Buhari Jets Out To Dubai For Delivery Of Her Daughter , Zahra

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This revelation is against widespread belief that Mrs Buhari was in Nigeria at the moment especially after she lent her voice to calls by young citizens for an end to police brutality earlier in the week.
Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, is currently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with her entourage ahead of the expected delivery of a baby by her daughter, Zahra.
This revelation is against widespread belief that Mrs Buhari was in Nigeria at the moment especially after she lent her voice to calls by young citizens for an end to police brutality earlier in the week.
On October 17, the First Lady posted a video on social media that had a photo of President Muhammadu Buhari in a meeting with service chiefs using the hashtag #AChechijamaa, meaning “rescue the people” in Hausa language.
The post had a song titled “Arewa na kuka” meaning “the North weeps” by Kannywood star, Adam Zango, playing at the background.
With that act from Mrs Buhari, many citizens had thought she was in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power, and in solidarity with the people.
But findings by SaharaReporters have revealed that the First Lady had been out of the country for several days now and is not likely to return until after her daughter is delivered of her baby.
Recall that in August, SaharaReporters revealed how Mrs Buhari flew out to Dubai under the guise of a health emergency in a jet belonging to billionaire Mohammed Indimi for the purpose of shopping for luxury items in preparation for the wedding of one of her daughters, Hanan.
The First Lady’s trip was packaged to look that way in order not to raise eyebrows for violating government’s restriction on international flights due to the Coronavirus outbreak at the time.
The Nigerian Government had on March 23, 2020 banned international commercial flights to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
But that protocol was broken to have the First Lady fulfill her wish.
Hanan’s marriage to Mohammed Turad, son of a former lawmaker, Alhaji Mahmud Sani Sha’aban, who represented Zaria in the House of Representatives from May 2003 to May 2007, took place on September 4, 2020, inside the Presidential Villa.
Zahra, who is, however, due for delivery any moment from now, is married to Ahmed, son of billionaire Indimi.
They tied the knot on December 16, 2016 in a lavish ceremony that had some of Nigeria’s most influential persons in attendance.

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I Wanted To Share Looted Palliatives On My Birthday – Lagos Lawmaker , SOB

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I wanted to share looted palliatives on my birthday – Lagos lawmaker, SOB Agunbiade.
A lawmaker, Sanai Agunbiade aka SOB, has reacted to the invasion of his residence by hoodlums.
Agunbiade is the Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly.
On Friday, an irate mob stormed his house in Ikorodu and carted away COVID-19 palliatives.
Agunbiade (Ikorodu Constituency 1), in a statement on Saturday, described the incident as a planned attack.
The legislator said he got intelligence reports of “the plan to exterminate” him but took it as unfounded rumours.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain added that the palliatives were to be shared on his birthday on Sunday.
The assembly member recalled that at the peak of the pandemic, he personally distributed palliatives to his constituents more than three times.
“For my birthday on 25th October 2020, I have sent out, through my Media Team, notice of my intention to give support to 50 widows who have already been nominated by different groups in a programme christened Widows Mite for Widows and also distribute to some vulnerable and indigent individuals across the three local councils of my constituency, some palliative materials donated by the state and federal governments, as well as myself.”
Agunbiade decried that the same items were those stolen from his house.
“The barbaric event of Friday is though shocking but like a dolphin which is happy even in the middle of giant waves and horrible storm, I am stable and my faith in the mercy and grace of God is very fat. For certain the looters are not #Endsars protesters because the youth in Ikorodu engaged in very peaceful and well coordinated protest. The perpetrators of the attack on my house are group of assailants on a mission targeted at my life.”
Agunbiade regretted that his certificates, travelling passports of his family and other valuables were stolen.
He lamented his wardrobe and that of the wife were ransacked.
Agunbiade, however, expressed gratitude to God that no life was lost during the incident.

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