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Ignore NBC order asking you not to report insecurity – HURIWA tells media houses

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Ignore NBC order asking you not to report insecurity – HURIWA tells media houses

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has condemned a recent move by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to introduce a policy seeking to muzzle press freedom in the country.

HURIWA described the move as unconstitutional and unlawful, adding that the new Director-General of the NBC is a surrogate of military dictatorship and therefore unfit to hold such a strategic position which he is using to destabilise constitutional democracy.

The rights group pointed out that media houses in the country will be in violation of the Nigerian Constitution should they Kowtow to the illegal policy direction by the NBC.

HURIWA, in a statement signed by National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and its National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, called on the management of the NBC to focus on carrying out their core mandate and stop poking their noses into the modus operandi of the newsrooms which ought to be independent of the government going by the plethora of provisions of the GrundNorm of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended.

NBC had recently ordered television and radio stations in the country to stop reporting the activities of bandits, terrorists and kidnappers.

The regulator had specifically directed radio and television stations not to “glamourise the nefarious activities of insurgents” during their daily Newspaper Reviews, stressing the need for “caution” by broadcasters while reporting security challenges in the country.

“Media freedom otherwise known as freedom of expression is a foundation for many other rights and is a cornerstone for strengthening the principle and practice of constitutional democracy. Those who should know have emphatically stated that Freedom of expression is a human right and forms Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” HURIWA affirms.

HURIWA said it wonders how NBC wants to dictate how electronic media outlets tell their verified stories by illegally asking them to modify the facts of their findings as reporters.

“This is because as correctly espoused by constitutional scholars, an effective media also depends on the legal basis that freedom of expression gives the right to function and report freely, sometimes critically, without threat or fear of punishment.

“Truly and indeed, freedom of expression is not an absolute right: it does not protect hate speech or incitement to violence which most media houses are aware of and as professionals have always adhered to.

“HURIWA agrees that many other rights which are intrinsic to our daily lives in any given constitutional democracy build on and intersect with this protection for free thought and individual expression.

HURIWA asked the media houses to disobey the unconstitutional directive of the NBC or else they will lose listeners and followers since Nigeria is not like China whereby there is communism and absolute tyranny of government against the civil society.

HURIWA also asked the media houses to partner with credible civil rights bodies to challenge these dictatorial and oppressive illegal tendencies and characters of the NBC before the competent Courts of law.

The Rights group said it believes that the court system in the exercise of their constitutional powers enshrined in section 6 of the Nigerian Constitution will be impartial, objective and independent to safeguard media freedoms to stop Nigeria from sliding into anarchy and dictatorship.

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives

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The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.

 

 

The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.

 

 

 

 

Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.

 

 

 

 

She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.

 

 

 

 

 

“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.

 

 

 

 

 

READ ALSO:Drama as Cross River State Governor locks out staff for late coming.

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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.

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Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.

 

 

 

 

On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.

 

 

 

 

 

Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

READ ALSO:Massive bombing by the Nigeria Air Force hits bandit hideouts, many killed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.

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The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.

 

 

 

 

 

He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

READ ALSO:Man shoots his step-father dead while testing charm in Adamawa state

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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