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President Buhari’s Secret War on Free Speech!

One of the biggest news websites in Nigeria went offline late October and has remained unavailable since. Here I refer to naij.com, a website that has repeatedly ranked among the top ten most visited websites in Nigeria for years. I hate to be the harbinger of bad news but I must inform you that many internet service providers in Nigeria ...

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WaterAid calls for action as report names Nigeria among hardest places in the world for women to find a toilet!

Nigeria is in the top 3 worst countries in the world for the number of people without toilets, reveals WaterAid’s State of the World’s Toilets 2017 report. As a result, nearly 123 million people still suffer the fear and indignity of relieving themselves in the open or in unsafe or unhygienic toilets – a situation that is most dangerous for ...

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FGN must Get Minors Out of #Nigerian Prisons! Sign the Petition!

Very pathetic story in a country where millions are stolen and spent on elections. ��� A recent visit by Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Funmilayo Atilade to Badagry prison revealed an unimaginable condition in which underaged inmates live. AYOMIDE OWONIBI ODEKANYIN who was part of the entourage reports. TO any visitor, the exterior of the Badagry Prison complex located at ...

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Paradigm Initiative Files FoI Request on Alleged Blocking of Online News Sites by NCC

Paradigm Initiative has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Nigerian Communications Commission asking the Commission to release information on alleged blocking of online news sites. The request was filed by the digital rights advocacy organisation today at the Abuja headquarters of the Commission, giving the Commission seven (7) days as stipulated by the Freedom Of Information (FOI) ...

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Arete Copious, Africa House London hold “The Nigerian Child, The Genius” Conference in Abuja

Arete Copious, a leading financial consulting firm in alliance with Africa House London has held a one-day Education Conference with the theme “The Nigerian Child, The Genius” in Abuja yesterday. The conference which had United Kingdom Member of Parliament, MP Helen Grant; Prof Chris Imafidon, Alero Ayida Otodo and other renowned educators, education consultants as well as other insightful speakers from ...

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[Video] #NoSidonLook: Citizens’ Engagement that bridges the gap between the governments and governed!

In a democratic setting, it is not uncommon to hear the word “citizen engagement” which is often geared towards getting the elected leaders to be proactive about pertinent issues that matter to the overall well-being of the countrymen, most importantly the issues that make democratic system of government worthwhile such as respect for fundamental human rights, rule of law, due ...

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#Internet Freedom is the New Press Freedom: An African Perspective By Babatunde Okunoye & ‘Boye Adegoke

With the recent Internet shutdown in Togo adding to the growing list of Internet shutdowns in Africa, with at least 11 in 2016 and 7 this year already, it is easy to see how Internet shutdowns have dominated discussions on digital rights in Africa. In 2017, Internet shutdowns and disruptions have occurred in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Morocco, South Sudan ...

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Right to privacy? #Nigeria needs a Data Protection Law

“The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.” – Section 37 of the Nigerian constitution. Nigeria’s constitutional promise of data protection is far from being fulfilled. This is especially true for transactions involving the transfer of personal data from individuals to governments and businesses. Despite the increasingly important role that data ...

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Why Is the Akwa Ibom Government Jamming Internet Signals during Football Matches?

On October 7, 2017, thousands of Nigerians and football lovers of all hues thronged the Uyo stadium in Akwa-Ibom state to watch the anticipated World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia. For the thousands of Nigerians who did make it to the Stadium, their euphoria was unlimited as they watched their beloved Super Eagles become the first team in Africa ...

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Expert Urges National Assembly to Pass the Digital Rights Bill

A digital rights advocate, ‘Boye Adegoke has called on the National Assembly to expedite actions on the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill that has been before the House of Representatives since 2016. The bill has been moving clawing its way through legislative process since then and is now up for third reading. Mr Adegoke, the program manager at Paradigm Initiative, ...

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