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The UK Government has said it is surprised by the federal government’s stance, that it would consider disrespectful to ’s sovereignty, for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of its citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa restriction, unilaterally.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, stated this while speaking at an orientation programme for people with disability seeking Chevening scholarship opportunities in the United Kingdom.

Laing made it clear the issue of visa restriction on perpetrators of electoral violence was the UK’s visa policy and they determine who travels to the country.

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“It is our visa policy, the UK, and we can determine who comes to the UK. So, that is a non-sovereign right.

“And all we are saying is that in line with Nigerian policy, that those who commit violence or who incite violence, there may be an implication for that person when they apply for a visa in the UK.

“So, I think it is actually completely consistent with the Nigerian policy. This is our visa policy, but obviously, it is for Nigeria to determine how they deal with these perpetrators in Nigeria,” Laing said.

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The United Kingdom has threatened to ban politicians who resort to electoral violence, ahead of the Ondo and Edo governorship elections.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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#EndSARS: Six police officers murdered, 38 injured during Lagos violence – Official

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The police in Lagos State have said six officers were killed in the state in the violence that occurred during the #EndSARS protests.

The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said this at a press briefing on Tuesday while listing the loss the command has suffered.

“They were gruesomely murdered during the unrest,” he said.

He named the deceased officers as Yard Edward (ASP) attached to Denton Station; Olayinka Erinfolami, an inspector attached to the defunct Anti-Kidnapping Unit; Adegbenro Aderibigbe, an inspector attached to Meiran Division; Abejide Abiodun, a sergeant attached to DOPS SHQ, and two others attached to Orile Division.

Mr Odumosu added that 38 police officers were also injured.

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Lagos State experienced widespread violence last week after hoodlums took over the state to destroy and burn down public and private properties and loot valuable items.

Several persons were also injured during the violence.

Listing the police property damaged by the hoodlums, the police chief said 16 police formations were burnt, while another 13 were vandalised and properties looted.

“16 police stations were set ablaze during the unrest. They included Orile, Amukoko, Layeni, Old Area J Command Ajah, Elemoro, New Area J Command Elemoro, Igando, Ebute-Ero, Ajah and its barracks and Ilasamaja Police stations. Others were Makinde and its barracks, Ikotun, Isokoko, Pen-Cinema, Onipanu, and Alade police stations.

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In addition, 58 police vehicles at various locations within the state were burnt, while 13 police vehicles were vandalised, the police said.

“Sixty Two (62) vehicles belonging to individuals and those connected with some pending cases (exhibits) were burnt while nine (9) vehicles were vandalised by the hoodlums.

“Fifteen (15) motorcycles and tricycles were burnt, while sixty five (65) were vandalised at various locations within the state,” the police added.

 

Meanwhile, the police said 520 suspects have been arrested in the state for offences including arson, robbery, murder, rioting, malicious damage and unlawful possession of firearms.

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The police said investigation into the cases have commenced.

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Reps Warn As FG Considers Regulating Of Social Media

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MEMBERS of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, warned the Federal Government against a clampdown on social media. Chairman, House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, Honourable Odebunmi Olusegun and Honourable Emmanuel Oghene sounded the warning when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, appeared for the 2021 budget defence.

The minister had, during his presentation, said though the social media had come to stay, there, however, was the need for the country to have a social media policy that will regulate it and check fake news and misinformation.

Referring to fake news and misinformation as the biggest challenge facing the country, Mohammed said the nation needed a national policy on social media to determine what could be seen and what cannot be seen.

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The minister said: “the biggest challenge facing today is fake news and misinformation. Based on that, we dedicated an entire National Council on Information meeting to that issue after which we launched a national campaign against fake news in July 2018.

“We said then that the next war will be fought without a shot being fired, but with the use of fake news. We didn’t stop there. We went on a tour of media houses to solicit their support in the fight against fake news. We launched the campaign to regulate social media which was bitterly contested by the stakeholders.

“We kept saying that if we don’t regulate social media, it will destroy us. In 2017, there was a fake video of the herdsmen and farmers’ crisis. It was a video of what happened in Tanzania and was played in Nigeria as if it was true.

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“In 2017, a very popular entertainer in Nigeria raised a false alarm that students of the College of Education, Gidan Ways, Kaduna State, had been murdered.

“There was almost a reprisal only for him to find out that it was not true. In the same 2017, we found out that some of the videos being posted are things that happened in other parts of the world. When there was a problem between South Africans and Nigerians, they were posting videos of what happened in India and Tanzania to suggest that Nigerians were being roasted alive. That was what led to the reprisals in the malls.”

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