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NBC Asks All Social Media Platforms, Online Broadcasting Operate in Nigeria Apply for Licence

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has asked all social media platforms and online broadcasting service providers operating in Nigeria to apply for broadcast licence.

Armstrong Idachaba, the NBC director-general, gave the directive in a newspaper advertorial published on Thursday.

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This follows the federal government’s announcement that Twitter and other social media platforms must register as a Nigerian company for them “to do business in Nigeria.”

It re-echoes concerns raised by allegations that the Buhari administration is clamping down on free speech and internet freedom — the government denies this.

Idachaba said in the advertorial that the NBC establishment code empowers the commission to ask the companies to be licensed.

Section two (b) of the NBC act of 2004 states: “(1) The Commission shall have [the] responsibility of: Receiving, processing and considering applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including (i) cable television services, direct satellite broadcast and any other medium of broadcasting.”

The advertorial reads: “The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) hereby directs every Online Broadcast Service provider and Social Media Platforms operating within the Nigerian State to apply and obtain broadcast licence for their service(s).

“Note that any Online Broadcast Service Provider that fails to obtain a licence will be considered an illegal entity.”

It is not immediately clear whether the directive applies strictly to only broadcast organisations or not.

Franca Aiyetan, NBC spokesman, declined to speak on the matter when contacted by TheCable on Thursday.

Although no direction has been drawn, the government moved to license social media companies after Twitter took down a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari, after stating that the message violates its policy.

In the tweet, the president had threatened to treat Nigerians “misbehaving” in “the language they understand”.

Two days after the incident, the federal government suspended Twitter in Nigeria and directed NBC to “immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria”.

The NBC also directed broadcast stations to stop using Twitter, saying it “will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronise” the micro logging site

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The action heightens concerns about press freedom which were raised after the commission reviewed its code to, among other things, increase the fine for “hate speech” from N500,000 to N5 million.

A number of media houses have been sanctioned in line with the code which many Nigerians and groups said targets press freedom and critics of the Buhari administration

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Police In Kaduna Warns Protesters Against Violating Due Process

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Kaduna State Commission of Police Umar Muri has warned all Interest Groups who want to protest in the state to consider following due process and avoid incessant high blockade, stressing that violators will be treated according to the extant statutory laws of the land.

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In a statement by the command’s public relations officer ASP Muhammad Jalige said the command acknowledged the flight of various communities affected by banditry and kidnapping

” The Command is using this medium to state that it is becoming very worrisome to the Command and other sister security agencies, the incessant blockade of the State’s connecting highways by various interest groups in the name of protest without vobserving due process,”NLC Sues For Security Agencies Intervention On El-Rufa’i’s Fresh Threat

” The Command is not unmindful of the security challenges faced by various communities in the State that is occasioned by risen cases of armed banditry and kidnapping which the top management and government are doing everything possible to restore normalcy to the affected areas. It is therefore necessary to be in the same page with all stakeholders and affected communities to ensure that the enemies of the State are defeated rather than working unilaterally by opposing one another, since particular challenges cannot be adequately tackled by creating additional challenge.” The statement stated,

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The statement said the Command is however, perturbed with the recent activities of some communities engaging in protest and the untoward blocking of highways with its attendant troubles for innocent commuters. emphasizing that such trend will not be tolerated and the acts will be viewed seriously according to extant laws of the land.

It added that the Command is working round the clock to ensure that normalcy is restored and would not fold it hands to be distracted in as much as protest cannot be seen as the solution to the current situation.

” The Command is therefore advising all interest groups and communities to always go through appropriate channel with their grievances as the Command’s door is always open to complaints and other security related issues from all quarters whereas insecurity is localized and the best approach to tackling it is by Police community engagement.

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Ensure Decorum, Civility in Your Engagement with Road Users, NUJ Urges Traffic Enforcement Agencies

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kano State Council has urged officials of Traffic police, KAROTA, Federal Road Safety Corp to ensure decorum and civility in their engagement with road users.

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This was contained in a Communique jointly signed by Council Chairman Comrade Abbas Ibrahim and Secretary Comrade Abba Murtala respectively and issued to journalists at the end of Council’s periodic congress held at the press center kano

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In the congress the union also called on security agencies to intensify efforts in bringing to an end the lingering problems of phone snatching and other criminality.

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The congress enjoined relevant state government agencies to take necessary action against individuals and organizations involved in hiking prices of food items, calling on related authorities to redouble efforts in the fight against the sales of expired, sub-standard and poisonous food/beverages in the state.

The congress advised farmers to focus their attention on food crops production as against that of cash crops production with a view to ensuring availability of food.

The NUJ appreciates the state government for redeploying professional teachers to public schools, calling on the government to pay more attention to schools in the rural areas.

The congress called on the Kano emirate council to intervene by stopping the unnecessary horse riding (KILISA) that constitute threat to the society.

The congress also appealed to members of pen pushing profession to always work within the boundaries of the profession for better service delivery.

In the communique the congress condoles with Maryam Yakasai over the death of her mother.

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Kebbi Kidnap: Vehicle Used by Bandits belonged to High Court Judge – Police

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The Kebbi State Police Command has dispelled reports that the vehicle used by bandits to convey abducted teachers and students of the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, Ngaski LGA, is a police van.

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The police, in a statement made available to Journalists on Friday by spokesman Nafi’u Abubakar, said the vehicle belonged to a Kebbi State High Court judge.

Bandits in police uniform on Thursday, stormed the school in a Hilux van, shot dead a police officer, abducted five teachers (four male and one female) and an undisclosed number of female students from the school’s female hostel with one student hospitalised following a gunshot wound.

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However, clearing the air about the said van, the police in the statement said: “The white Hilux van with registration No. KBSJ 29, belonging to a High Court Judge, with inscription of Kebbi State Judiciary, hijacked by the bandits along Birnin Yauri road, was the one used in perpetrating the dastardly act and not the police vehicle as stated by some media stations.”

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The spokesman who also confirmed the abduction further disclosed that “we have deployed our men to guard the school to avoid an invasion.

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