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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja.

Nigerian government raises hate speech fine to N5 million

During the unveiling of the Reviewed Broadcasting code, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said the amendments were necessitated by a presidential directive in the wake of the 2019 general elections.
Ahmad said the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Muhammad Nami, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Audit and Recovery of Back Years Stamp Duties and the unveiling of the FIRS Adhesive Stamp in Abuja.

FIRS vows to recover funds in NIPOST’s ‘illegal’ stamp duties’ account

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has expressed its resolve to ensure that all monies collected by the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) into its ‘illegally operated Stamp Duties’ Account’ are fully recovered and remitted into the Federation Account.
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WhatsApp adds search feature to help users debunk viral messages

WhatsApp is piloting a new feature that lets users quickly search the contents of viral messages to fact-check misinformation, the company has announced.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Troops destroy wanted Benue militia leader’s hideout

The Nigerian Military said on Sunday night that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke acting on credible human Intelligence traced wanted Benue Militia leader and kidnap kingpin, Terwase Akwaza alias “Gana” to a hideout in Tse-Audu village in Akate ward, Donga LGA of Taraba state but noted that he and his gang members escaped a dawn raid before they could be caught.
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US: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation

Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

850 Nigeria refinery workers, oil workers sacked

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) on Monday alleged that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) sacked 850 contract workers.
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Oyo: Bayo Adelabu, Seyi Makinde clash over performance

Measuring performance indices in education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, security and good governance, Adelabu posited that Makinde has shown that he was ill-prepared for the position given his poor handling of the core areas of development in the last one year.
President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down social media companies after Twitter labeled two of his tweets misleading sets up a fresh challenge for platforms as they struggle to deal with political misinformation during a toxic election campaign.

Twitter-Trump clash intensifies political misinformation battle

President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down social media companies after Twitter labeled two of his tweets misleading sets up a fresh challenge for platforms as they struggle to deal with political misinformation during a toxic election campaign.
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White House organizes harassment of Twitter employee over fact-checking of Donald Trump’s tweets

The White House has set its sights on a single Twitter employee after the company attached a fact-checking link to two of the president’s tweets containing lies and misinformation related to voter fraud. The charge was led on Fox News Wednesday morning, with Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway targeting Twitter’s head of site integrity, Yoel Roth, after digging up some tweets that were critical of Trump, Conway, and the administration.
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House of Reps order release of Benue coronavirus index case

The House of Representatives has resolved to come to the rescue of Benue State’s coronavirus index case, Susan Idoko, who has accused the government of refusing to release her from isolation despite “not” being infected with the disease.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN,

World Press Freedom Day: AGF commends journalists for defending Nigeria’s democracy

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Sunday commended the Nigerian media for its developmental role and sustenance of democracy through its numerous reportage.

Abia accuses NBA of misinformation over lawyer’s trial

Abia State government has accused Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, of misinformation on the trial of a lawyer, Mr Emperor Ogbonna, over his issue with the state government, saying NBA was misinformed by the branch of the association.
Interior Minister Fred Matiangi said on Wednesday the restrictions apply to the Dadaab camp in eastern Kenya, home to 217 000 people, and the Kakuma camp in north-western Kenya, home to 190 000 people.

Kenya bans entry to two refugee camps hosting 400 000 people

Kenya has banned movement in and out of two huge refugee camps as part of containment measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus among the vulnerable communities.

Nigerians urged to break cycle of misinformation on coronavirus

The United Nations, UN, has called for more efforts from all Nigerians towards ending the menace of misinformation in the country as coronavirus continues to spread across the country.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Family of late Rivers hotelier rejects coronavirus death claims

Controversies are trailing the third confirmed coronavirus infected person who is a 61-year-old manager of Mingi hotel and his late boss and owner of the hotel, Chief Kelvin Alagoa in Port Harcourt.
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WhatsApp says its forwarding limits have cut the spread of viral messages by 70...

The spread of “highly forwarded” messages on WhatsApp has dropped by 70 percent as a result of the company’s new forwarding limits, TechCrunch reports. The new measures were introduced at the beginning of April in response to the spread of coronavirus-related misinformation on the service.
UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday slammed Iran for reportedly executing two juvenile offenders in four days and urged Tehran to call an immediate halt to such killings.

UN: Pandemic could create ‘human rights disaster’

The UN rights chief warned Monday that countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic risk sparking a “human rights disaster”.

YouTube bans ‘medically unsubstantiated’ content from site

YouTube has started banning content that is in direct contradiction to the World Health Organization’s guidelines as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the United States.

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PPPRA fixes petrol ex-depot price for N138.62

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Senate Minority Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu from Delta State. on Monday in a motion canvassed for adherence and respect to the concept of separation of powers as enshrined in the laws of Nigeria.

Rep Elumelu: Opposition lawmakers leading anti-corruption investigations

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Zamfara schools to resume August 9

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NSE: Trading sustains positive trend, up by 0.31 per cent

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NUC: 32 universities involved in research to tackle impacts of coronavirus

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