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Twitter Ban: FG lifts suspension

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- Naija News 247

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the suspension on the Twitter operations in Nigeria.

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The lifting will be effective from midnight January 13, 2022, according to a statement from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

The statement signed by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director-general, NITDA, added that the approval followed a memo written to the president by Isa Ali Ibrahim, minister of communications and digital economy.

In June 2021, the federal government announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operation after the platform deleted tweets made by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had threatened to treat members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the “language they understand”.

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It had attributed the suspension to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

The government said it reached an amicable resolution with Twitter on various terms and conditions given to the micro-blogging platform.

“Twitter has committed to establishing a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022. The legal entity will register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The establishment of the entity is Twitter’s first step in demonstrating its long-term commitment to Nigeria,” the statement reads.

“Twitter has agreed to appoint a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities. The Global Public Policy team is also directly available through a dedicated communication channel.

“Twitter has agreed to comply with applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law.

“Twitter has agreed to enrol Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals.

The Partner Support Portal provides a direct channel for government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited content that violates Twitter community rules.

At the same time, the Law Enforcement Portal provides a channel for the law enforcement agencies to submit a report with a legal justification where it suspects that content violates Nigerian Laws.

Taken together, these represent a comprehensive compliance apparatus.”

The statement further stated that the micro-blogging site has:

“agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built and work with the FGN and the broader industry to develop a Code of Conduct in line with global best practices, applicable in almost all developed countries”.

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Why AMCON Took Over Ibadan DisCo

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AMCON Takes Over IBEDC Over Debts - Naija News 247

The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) says it took over control of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Limited over inability of the DisCo to clear its acquisition loan from Skye Bank, now Polaris Bank.

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AMCON Takes Over IBEDC Over Debts

IBEDC distributes electricity to consumers in Oyo, Osun, parts of Kwara, Ondo, Ekiti states.

After a court ruling empowering AMCON to take over the asset, IBEDC came under receivership on Thursday, January 20.

The DisCo was acquired by Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited (IEDML) the same firm that acquired Yola DisCo, all during the 2013 power sector privatisation exercise.

It later returned Yola to the federal government over insecurity issues in the franchise area. It was only in December 2021 that another private firm took over Yola DisCo from the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE.

IEDML got 60 per cent stakes in both DisCos to become the core investor.

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However, the funding for the assets acquisition were loans taken from banks and have had repayment issues eight years after acquiring IBEDC.

Just in November, AEDC, another of the 11 DisCos had acquisition loans settlement issues with UBA, promoting UBA to takeover the DisCo in full receivership.

AMCON in a public notice, stated that it had appointed Mr Osayaba Giwa-Osagie SAN to take over the the entire undertakings, assets of IEDM including shares and interests in related companies and entities, and also monies kept in of the 25 banks in Nigeria.

AMCON said it executed the take over of IEDM following a default in a Loan Servicing Agreement executed with Polaris Bank.

“AMCON has pursuant to Section 48 and 61 of AMCON Act 2010 been appointed Receiver/Manager over all the Assets of Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited as stipulated in the instruments executed in favour of AMCON by virtue of the Loan Purchase and Limited Servicing Agreement executed with Polaris Bank Limited dated 30th November 2018 and a Notice of Appointment of the Receiver/Manager dated August 6th, 2021, which was duly stamped by the Commissioner for Stamp Duties” the statement read.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had previously fined IBEDC N50 million for ”its failure to secure a refund of an interest free loan the Board of IBEDC granted to its core investor group.”

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Also in a memo to the staff by the IBEDC Chief Operating Officer (COO), Engr. John Ayodele, AMCON would not sack the management of IBEDC unlike the AEDC case where the management and board were reconstituted.

“Further, to the judgement wherein the Federal High Court on the 8th of September 2021 granted preservative orders in favour of Asset Management Corporation (AMCON), (being the Receiver/Manager of Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited); the court has appointed Mr Kunle Oqunba Esq. SAN to act as Receiver/ Manager Nominee in the receivership action.

“Based on the foregoing the Receiver/Manager came in today 20th January 2022 to the IBEDC Headquarters to take charge formally and subsequently met with the Management team. Therefore, I hereby wish to inform all staff that there is no cause for alarm.

“We are assured of job security which entails our position/ duties in the company, being entitlements to our salaries and other benefits etc.

“On behalf of the Management, I urge us all to kindly go about the efficient discharge of our duties to ensure a speedy and mutually beneficial resolution.

“I wish us all the best, while I appeal that we continue to remember IBEDC in our prayers,”

Engr. Ayodele stated in the memo.

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#JusticeForHanifa: Hanifa Must Get Justice, Kano Gov vows

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has vowed that Hanifa Abubakar, the five-year-old pupil, who was murdered by the proprietor of her school must get justice.

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#JusticeForHanifa: Hanifa Must Get Justice, Kano Gov vows

Hanifa was abducted in December and later killed by Abdulmalik Tanko, proprietor of Noble Kids Nursery and Primary School, Kano, where she was enrolled to learn before she was killed.

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Her death had sparked a nationwide outrage, with #JusticeForHanifa trending on social media.

In a statement Malam Muhammad Garba, Commissioner of Information, issued on his behalf, Ganduje said just would be served.

The governor listed some of the measures taken on the matter as indefinite closure of the school where the child was gruesomely murdered, withdrawal of its operational licence, among others.

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He said government is terribly disturbed that people entrusted with the care of children turned out to be murderers.

Ganduje added that government had been in touch with the family of the child, reiterating that justice must prevail to serve as deterrent to others.

The governor, who commended security agencies in the state for the prompt action that led to the arrest of those allegedly involved, stated that while investigation is ongoing, government would follow the case to its logical conclusion.

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He also commended the international community, human rights-based organizations and well-meaning Nigerians for their concern in the matter, assuring security agencies of government’s support in carrying out their duties.

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Gunmen kidnap Otokito Federal, Bayelsa Commission from his residence at Otuokpoti

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Otokito Federal Oparmiola, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Trade and Commence, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen.

Gunmen kidnap Otokito Federal, Bayelsa Commission from his residence at Otuokpoti - Naija News 247
Gunmen kidnap Otokito Federal, Bayelsa Commission from his residence at Otuokpoti

Naija News 247 gathered that, Otokito was kidnapped by armed men at his residence at Otuokpoti, Ogbia Local Government area last night.

Sources said the gunmen invaded the community at about 11pm, Thursday night and fired severally shots to scare people away before they proceeded to Otokito’s residence where he was whisked away to an unknown destination.

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