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Twitter Ban Violation: CAN Warns As Malami Vows To Persecute Adeboye, VIP Offenders

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On Tuesday, the Federal Government insisted that all those violating the suspension order is placed on the operations of the micro-blogging and social media platform, Twitter would be prosecuted.

The Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Umar Gwandu, stated this in an interview with one of Punch Newspaper correspondents.

But the Christian Association of Nigeria warned the government against arresting and prosecuting Twitter ban violators, particularly clerics whose tweets were meant for their church members worldwide.

Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had in a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Segun Adeyemi, announced the suspension.

Amidst the public outcry and criticism that followed the government’s decision, the AGF, Abubakar Malami, on Saturday directed the Director of Public Prosecution in his office to begin the process of prosecuting violators of the government’s suspension order.

Many senior lawyers have faulted Malami’s position, saying Nigerians cannot be prosecuted for an offense that is not known to the nation’s law.

Despite the prosecution order, many prominent Nigerians have continued using Twitter openly, daring the police to arrest them and the Office of the AGF to prosecute them.

Among those who have been using the platform despite the suspension order are the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi; the Senior Pastor of the Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, Pastor Sam Adeyemi; the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleiman; Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili; and the representative of Kogi West Senatorial District in the Eighth National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, among others.

The PUNCH correspondent specifically told the AGF spokesman, Gwandu, “Despite the Twitter ban, some prominent Nigerians have been tweeting, thereby violating the ban. They include Pastor E.A. Adeboye and Governor El Rufai. Is the FG still going to prosecute them?,” the correspondent asked.

Gwandu, in his response, said efforts were ongoing to ensure that all those violating the order were prosecuted.

He, however, said it was not automatic because the process of arresting and prosecuting them would take time.

He said, “The process of arresting and prosecuting offenders takes a while. It is not automatic.

“We are definitely on it to ensure the prosecution of all violators. The hands of all stakeholders are on deck to ensure that all those violating the Twitter ban are prosecuted.”

Reacting to the AGF spokesman’s insistence, Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant on Media to the President of CAN warned the Federal Government.

He said, “We caution the Federal Government against carrying out its threats against those highly respected leaders. What they did was justified after all they run churches with a global outlook and they made it clear in their position. If they (the government) carry out the threat, it will only compound problems in the country.

“Any government policy that suspends the fundamental rights of the citizens is not acceptable to us. The government should rise up to the menace of insecurity facing the country without harassing the innocent and elder statesmen.”

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[VIDEO] Herdsmen Kill Bus Conductor In Lagos Over Cow’s Death

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Persons identified as herdsmen have stabbed a bus conductor to death for killing a cow in Lagos.

This happened in the early hours of Monday and became public in a viral video from the scene of the accident.

According to one of the videos making rounds on social media platforms, the incident occurred at Mowo on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, close to President Muhammadu Buhari Estate.

The commentator in the video said the bus conductor, who fled after the accident that led to the death of the cow, was killed close to a police checkpoint.

The driver, who was said to be heading to Badagry from Mile 12, was said to have fled as soon as he sensed danger.

This made the herdsmen go after the conductor of the bus with registration number: FKJ 756 XH.

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BREAKING: Justice Olukayode Ariwoola Sworn-In As Acting CJN [PHOTOS]

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), in an acting capacity.

Justice Ariwoola was officially sworn in by the president on Monday afternoon, following the sudden resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad from the Judicial position.

It was gathered that Justice Muhammad was forced to resign over the weekend, although the information in the public space is that he’s quitting on health grounds.

Recall that last week, a letter was written by 14 justices of the supreme court accusing him of abandoning his responsibility as the leader of the court leaked.

The judges also accused the CJN of going on foreign trips with his family while denying them the right to go on international training.

It was gathered that there was a memo from the judges to the presidency, highlighting all of the CJN’s financial dealings, and threatening that they would stop sitting from September if he is not removed.

Ariwoola, the new CJN was the next-highest ranking justice of the supreme court after Muhammad.

He is billed to leave the Judicial service in 2028.

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Sunday Igboho Recounts DSS Attack, Says ‘It’s War, Their Intention Was To Eliminate Me’

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Popular Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho has recounted his encounter with the Department of States Services (DSS) during a raid on his residence in 2021.

On the 1st of July, 2021, the DSS raided Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, arrested 13 of his aides, and allegedly killed two others. The arrested aides were arraigned before the court but later granted bail by a Federal High Court.

According to the agitator who is currently in the Benin Republic, the intention of the security men was to eliminate him.

Igboho who spoke to journalists in Cotonou on Friday said he deliberately escaped the attack to prevent his aides and loyalists living inside the building from being killed.

“They cordoned off my house and started shooting. Some of them were strategically positioned on the street that leads to my house from Soka Road,” he said.

“They shot and forced their way into my premises, shooting sporadically in an encounter that lasted for more than one hour. It was a war and their intention was to kill me. It was God that saved me. Residents of Soka, most especially my neighbours, were gripped with fear.

“My uncle, who was a Muslim, observing prayer was shot dead right on his praying mat. Another close aide of mine was shot dead.”

He, however, said that despite his travails, the agitation for the actualization of the Yoruba nation was intact.

He added that he would soon return to Nigeria after his long sojourn in the Benin Republic.

Igboho noted that he was not scared of being arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services upon his return to Nigeria as he believes in the judiciary.

“I am going back to Nigeria soon,” he said in a recent interview.

In September 2021, an Oyo State High Court granted a relief sought by Igboho and ordered the Nigerian government to pay him N20 billion.

“I am going back to Nigeria soon.” He added, “I believe in the judiciary.”

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