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Nigeria Meets China For Help With Internet Censorship

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On Saturday morning between 11 am and 12 pm, as Nigerians woke up to the reality of a Twitter ban, and downloading Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to access Twitter, the Nigerian government, through the office of the Presidency, reached out to the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) to discuss plans to build an internet firewall, FIJ has learnt.

The government officials present at the meeting include Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to the President, and Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture.

The internet firewall is a way of having a separate network for the Nigerian Internet that will give the government control over social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. This is similar to the internet filtering system China operates, called the Great Firewall.

According to CFR, “the Great Firewall, is the centre of the government’s online censorship and surveillance effort. Its methods include bandwidth throttling, keyword filtering, and blocking access to certain websites.”

The Reporters Without Borders states that the firewall makes large-scale use of Deep Packet Inspection technology, an advanced method of examining and managing network traffic. The Nigerian government seeks to establish the Nigerian Internet, which it will also control likewise.

A digital security expert told FIJ that China is the only country that deploys total Deep Packet Inspection over its cyberspace. The technology involves making use of lots of manpower.

The internet firewall will also give the Nigerian government power to block VPN, which many Nigerians are using to access Twitter. The CAC is the central internet regulator, censor, oversight and control agency for China and answers to the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, headed by Xi Jinping, China’s President. Since its existence, the CAC, which also gives approval to data by Chinese companies outside of China, regulates usernames on the Chinese Internet, licences news information services, and bans comments that “harm national security” or “harm the nations honour interest”.

The Nigerian government has in the past few years sought a way to control freedom of expression online. Towards the end of 2015, the Frivolous Petition Bill targeting online and print media as well as regulating social media posts was introduced into the Senate just 10 months after Buhari’s ascent to power. In 2019, lawmakers introduced two bills: the National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech bill and the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation and other Related Offences bill, prompting public outcry that meant they were not passed into law.

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Gunmen Broke Into My House At 2am With A POS Demanding For 20m” – Actor Saka

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“Gunmen Broke Into My House At 2am With A POS Demanding For 20m” – Actor Saka

Another Nollywood actor has been a victim of the country’s increasing insecurity, which has reached such alarming levels that even our mansions and top stars are no longer safe.

Actor Saka in Nollywood claims that on Monday night, armed men broke into his home in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Saka is a veteran Nollywood actor.

This information was revealed in a statement provided to newsmen by a friend of the veteran Kayode Soaga.

According to Soaga, the armed men broke into Saka’s home and threatened to kill him unless they received N20 million.

The men broke into his home at around two in the morning, fully armed with pump action rifles and matchetes, and they dispersed his guards.

More terrible robberies took place in three more homes on the same block. They destroyed the burglary proof and immediately approached him, threatening to kill him unless he paid N20 million. The star said he didn’t have even though he begged and pleaded for N3m.

In addition to torturing the actor, they also confiscated all of his laptops, iPhones, Android phones, and any cash that was in the house as well as his ATM cards.

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INEC Declares PDP’s Adeleke Winner Of Osun Governorship Election 2022

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the Osun governorship election.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke got a total of 403,371 votes beating the incumbent, Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, who got 375,027 votes in a keenly contested race.

He said, “I declare Adeleke Ademola Jackson Nurudeen, on behalf of the chairman of INEC, of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law, is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected.”

According to the total votes recorded by the electoral umpire, the PDP won 17 of the 30 Local Government Areas of the state, while the APC won the remaining 13.

The PDP won in Ede North, Ede South, Ifelodun, Boluwaduro, Egbedore, Odo Otin, Osogbo, Ila, Atakumosa West, Olorunda, Ilesa West, Obokun, Oriade, Orolu, Ife North, Irepodun, and Ejigbo LGAs.

The APC, on the other hand, won in Boripe, Ilesa East, Ayedire, Ifedayo, Ife Central, Ayedaade, Iwo, Olaoluwa, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Irewole, Ife South, and Ife East LGAs.

Sharpernews.com reported that Adeleke and his nephew, award-winning Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, were seen in a video that surfaced online, celebrating an early lead when the counting started.

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I’m A Proud ‘Prostitute’ – Tacha

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Reality TV Big Brother Naija star Natacha Akide aka Tacha has declared she is a proud prostitute.

Tacha made this declaration while affirming the assertion of a tweep concerning the relationship that exists between beautiful girls and prostitution

The tweep had noted “Prostitution starts when a girl thinks she’s too beautiful to suffer.”

Reacting, the former BBNaija “Pepper Dem” housemate, wittily admitted to the tweep’s submission, noting she’s a proud prostitute.

“That must make me a proud prostitute. LOL,” the prostitute said……..

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