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2023 : Facebook Releases Policies To Tackle Fake News, Voter Interference
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2023 : Facebook Releases Policies To Tackle Fake News, Voter Interference

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, among other products and services, has announced policies to protect the integrity of the 2023 general elections.  The company said the steps include efforts to combat the spread of misinformation, make political advertising more transparent, remove harmful content, fight voter interference and promote civic engagement during the elections.  Some of the strategies announced by the company in a statement include taking aggressive steps to fight the spread of misinformation by removing false content, which could lead to imminent violence or physical harm.  Meta’s Head of Public Policy for Anglophone West Africa, Adaora Ikenze said its fact-checking partners will review and rate potentially false conten...
Second Niger Bridge opens December 15 — FG
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Second Niger Bridge opens December 15 — FG

Federal Controller of Works in Delta, Mr Jimoh Olawale has said that the new Second Niger Bridge will be opened on December 15. Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, December 7, Olawale said that the bridge would be open for only 30 days. He added that the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, ordered the opening of the bridge, which is at 95 percent completion stage, to ease traffic during the Yuletide. Olawale said;  “As we know, during the Christmas celebration, commuters suffer hardship accessing the old Niger Bridge due to traffic jam but with this arrangement, traffic congestion on Asaba-Benin Expressway will ease. “We have notified the state government on this arrangement and we are working with the Federal Roads Safety C...
New TikTok challenge circulates info-stealing malware – NCC warns Nigerians
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New TikTok challenge circulates info-stealing malware – NCC warns Nigerians

The Nigerian Communications Commission’s has warned about the potential harm of taking part in the ‘Invisible Challenge’ on video hosting service, TikTok, revealing that it exposes devices of Nigerians to Information-Stealing Malware. According to an advisory from the NCC's Computer Security Incident Response Team, NCC-CSIRT  on Tuesday, December 6 shared by the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Reuben Muoka, hackers had taken advantage of a viral TikTok challenge, known as the Invisible Challenge, to disseminate an information-stealing malware known as the WASP (or W4SP) stealer. The WASP stealer, which is high in probability with critical damage potential, is a persistent malware hosted on discord that its developer claim is undetectable. The advisory said, “The Invisible...
Elon Musk’s brain chip that enables disabled patients to move, see and communicate again to be tried in humans in six months {VIDEO}
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Elon Musk’s brain chip that enables disabled patients to move, see and communicate again to be tried in humans in six months {VIDEO}

The world's richest man, Elon Musk has said he expects a wireless brain chip developed by his company Neuralink to begin human clinical trials in six months. https://twitter.com/i/status/1598172395822612480 The company is developing brain chip interfaces that Musk says could enable disabled patients to move and communicate again. Musk added that the chip will also target restoring vision. In recent years, Neuralink has been conducting tests on animals as it seeks approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin clinical trials in people. Speaking to a crowd of selected invitees in a presentation at Neuralink headquarters that lasted nearly three hours on Wednesday November 30, Musk emphasized the speed at which the company is developin...
“Wasn’t Twitter supposed to die by now or something?” Elon Musk mocks detractors who trended “RIP Twitter” hashtag
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“Wasn’t Twitter supposed to die by now or something?” Elon Musk mocks detractors who trended “RIP Twitter” hashtag

Elon Musk has taken a jab at critics who predicted Twitter will die under his leadership. Last week, after multiple Twitter employees resigned rather than face the new harsh working conditions, people predicted Twitter would not survive the mass resignations. They began trending "RIP Twitter" hashtags and users said their goodbyes. However, the platform is standing one week later. New owner Elon Musk has now taken to Twitter to mock his critics. "Wasn’t Twitter supposed to die by now or something?" he tweeted. Musk added: "Maybe we’ve gone to heaven/hell & don’t know it." Share this Story Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STREAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRIBERS ON OUR Y...
META deny claims Mark Zuckerberg is resigning as CEO
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META deny claims Mark Zuckerberg is resigning as CEO

Meta officials have denied rumors that billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is planning to step down as CEO of the company. Insiders had told The Leak that the 38-year-old has decided to step down as the head of Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram. They say the decision 'will not affect' the Metaverse, Zuckerberg's multi-billion dollar virtual reality project that has lost the company at least $30 billion.  But Andy Stone, a communications official for the company, tweeted on Tuesday November 22, 'This is false.'  The claims came after Mr. Zuckerberg was forced to make "difficult" changes to his company.  Investors and analysts have blamed the company's downfall on Zuckerberg and other executives shifting their foc...
Tesla issues back-to-back recalls on thousands of vehicles
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Tesla issues back-to-back recalls on thousands of vehicles

Tesla, an American multinational automotive company which builds electric cars has issued back-to-back recalls for some of its vehicles.  A report released by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that about 29,348 of Tesla Model X cars have the potential for their front passenger airbag system to deploy incorrectly during certain "low-speed" collisions. The risk could be solved with a software update that is free of charge for current owners of the Model X vehicle. Vehicles in production and in pre-delivery containment received the firmware update "that includes the remedy" last Tuesday. A separate recall decision was made after the NHTSA found that 321,628 year 2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles had the potential to present ...
Instagram sheds a tear for Twitter as “RIP Twitter” trends amid mass resignations
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Instagram sheds a tear for Twitter as “RIP Twitter” trends amid mass resignations

Many Twitter users are saying their goodbyes to the platform, including Instagram, as "RIP Twitter" trends. Due to the massive layoffs and other Twitter employees opting to resign rather than face the new working conditions, many fear Twitter is dying. "Twitter is shutting down" and "RIP Twitter" are trending following reports the platform is running a skeletal crew after many employees quit. Many fear this signifies the beginning of the end for the platform and they are already saying their goodbyes to friends they made on Twitter. Even Instagram's official Twitter account tweeted about the shut down. "TBH we love Twitter," Instagram wrote alongside a crying face emoji. Another Twitter user wrote: "It should've been Facebook." See more tweets below. ...
FG clears air about banning Twitter again following change of ownership
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FG clears air about banning Twitter again following change of ownership

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said it is monitoring activities on Twitter following its takeover by a new owner. Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, stated this in his opening address at the 3rd edition of the ‘PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023’ series. Lai said there are questions about what will become of the Federal Government’s agreement with Twitter, given the change in its ownership. He said on Thursday, Nov. 10: "Many have asked for our reaction following reports that there has been a spike in fake news, disinformation and hate speech since the micro-blogging site changed ownership. "Many have even asked us if another ban is in the offing. Let me say this: We are closely monitoring the evolving developments at Twitter. "It has...
Twitter to permanently suspend parody accounts
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Twitter to permanently suspend parody accounts

Twitter will permanently suspend users who impersonate authentic accounts on the social media platform, new owner Elon Musk has revealed. “Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk tweeted. “Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning.” Musk also said any name change at all will cause temporary loss of the verified checkmark. The move came after the platform allegedly suspended users who had changed their user names to Elon Musk, including U.S. comedian Kathy Griffin and actor Rich Sommer. After Griffin’s suspension, Musk tweeted that she had been banned “for impersonating a comedian.” “Bu...
FRSC warns against use of some Lexus car models
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FRSC warns against use of some Lexus car models

Nigerians have been warned by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) against use of some Toyota Lexus vehicles over “faulty programming”.  The alert was issued in a statement released on Friday, November 4, by Bisi Kazeem, FRSC’s public education officer.  The agency said the warning became necessary after Toyota’s recalled 14,799 “defective” Lexus vehicles. It was also noted that some Lexus NX260 vehicles with “defective” electric parking brake (EPB) system have been recalled. The statement read;  “The Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to draw the attention of the motoring public, particularly those who are presently using Lexus NX260, Lexus NX3650h and Lexus NX400h+ manufactured between 31 March 2021 to 26 April 2022, to a fa...
Twitter Now In Sane Hands, Says Trump
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Twitter Now In Sane Hands, Says Trump

Former President Donald Trump, on Friday, hailed the sale of Twitter to tech billionaire Elon Musk, saying he was pleased the platform was “now in sane hands.” The world’s richest man saw his $44 billion bid to buy the company concluded late Thursday after months of uncertainty and speculation. “I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country,” Trump said on his Truth Social platform. Tesla chief Musk has indicated he would lift Trump’s Twitter ban, imposed in the wake of the 2021 assault on the US Capitol that the Republican leader was accused of inciting. But Trump did not indicate whether he intended to make a comeback from his online exile. The prospect of Musk runn...
JUST IN : Elon Musk to reverse life bans and welcome back Donald Trump after taking over as Twitter CEO
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JUST IN : Elon Musk to reverse life bans and welcome back Donald Trump after taking over as Twitter CEO

The world's richest man, Elon Musk will reverse life bans on Twitter and plans to assume the role of chief executive officer and end the lifetime ban on former US President Donald Trump at the company after completing his $44 billion acquisition on Thursday October 27th, making him the leader of the social media giant on top of leading Tesla Inc and SpaceX. According to reports on Friday, October 28, Musk intends to replace Parag Agrawal, the Twitter CEO who was fired along with other major executives upon completion of the takeover. The multi billionaire is expected to remain CEO in the interim but may eventually cede the role in the longer term, according to a report by Daily Mail. Musk’s acquisition puts the world’s richest man in charge of a struggling social network afte...
Plateau unveils first computerised vehicle inspection service centre
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Plateau unveils first computerised vehicle inspection service centre

The Plateau Government on Thursday unveiled its first Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service centre. The Plateau State Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (PLASCVIS) centre launched by Gov Simon Lalong in Jos, is a Public Private Partnership(PPP) with Temple SYC Inspection Limited, Abuja. Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said that the centre was established to ensure vehicles using Plateau roads, comply with international standards to prevent road crashes. He said the centre would help the state government in its effort to digitalise the inspection of vehicles. “It will indicate the state of your vehicles in the following areas: emission system, the beam (lighting, focus and aim), braking system, suspension system, body...
Elon Musk starts Twitter ownership with firings, declares the ‘bird is freed’
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Elon Musk starts Twitter ownership with firings, declares the ‘bird is freed’

Elon Musk became Twitter Inc’s (TWTR.N) owner on Thursday, firing Chief Executive Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, and legal affairs and policy chief Vijaya Gadde. According to people familiar with the matter, he had accused them of misleading him and Twitter investors over the number of fake accounts on the platform. Musk’s ownership also began with little clarity over how he will achieve the lofty ambitions he has outlined for Twitter. “The bird is freed,” he tweeted, referencing Twitter’s bird logo in an apparent nod to his desire to see the company have fewer limits on content that can be posted. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and self-described free speech absolutist has, however, also said he wants to prevent the platform from becom...
NCC warns against uncontrolled exposure of children to cyberspace
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NCC warns against uncontrolled exposure of children to cyberspace

By Emmanuel Elebeke The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has urged parents and guardians to monitor and manage the engagement of their children online as the uncontrolled exposure to cyberspace is fraught with a lot of negativities to children’s wellbeing.  The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, gave the warning whole contributing during the recent First Web Rangers Nigeria Summit in Abuja, a Google’s initiative that focuses on developing digital literacy and equipping telecom consumers with the knowledge they require for their online safety. He said it is imperative to know what our children are doing in the cyberspace. At the Summit, with the theme, “Navigating the Responsibility of Online Safety Between Users, Provi...
India imposes $113m fine on Google parent company
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India imposes $113m fine on Google parent company

India’s competition watchdog has imposed a fine of 9.36 billion rupees ($113.4 million) on Google parent Alphabet. The country’s competition commission accused Google of abusing the dominant role of its Play Store by forcing app developers there to use Google’s payment system for app purchases and purchases within apps. The competition commission also ordered the company to allow app developers to use any payment system. The commission had earlier fined Alphabet the equivalent of $164 million for allegedly abusing the dominant role of its Android operating system to boost its main business of online searches. Google and other Silicon Valley firms are vying for market share in India, soon to be officially the world’s most populous country. Android phones are very pop...
FG reverses 10% tariff increase on data and voice services
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FG reverses 10% tariff increase on data and voice services

The implementation of the newly approved 10% hike in tariff for voice and data services has been reversed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). According to NCC, the tariff increase “was in line with the mandates of the Commission as provided by the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, and other extant Regulations and Guidelines,” but its implementation has been halted. The commission added that the decision was also taken after a critical and realistic review and analysis of the operational environment and the current business climate in Nigeria, as it affects all sectors of the economy. The statement reads in full;  PRESS STATEMENTFG Directs Network Service Providers to Reverse Unilateral Upward Tariff AdjustmentThe attention o...
Why we haven’t unveiled completed Second Niger Brigde – FG
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Why we haven’t unveiled completed Second Niger Brigde – FG

The Federal Government on Wednesday said the construction of a four-kilometre link road on the Asaba side is what is delaying the unveiling of the completed Second Niger Bridge. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola spoke at unveiling of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s scorecard series (2015-2023) on Wednesday in Abuja. The minister said the bridge had been completed and that people could walk through it now unimpeded. He said, “I can confirm that the second Niger bridge itself is finished. People can walk through the bridge now unimpeded. What remains is the four-kilometer link road on Fashola said right now, government’s dredger was in place to rebuild the road by reclaiming sand, adding the recent surge had slowed down the work. According to him, “Ri...
TikTok Unveils New Policies, Features
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TikTok Unveils New Policies, Features

TikTok has announced new policies, updates and features aimed at providing content creators with the finest user experience as they forge meaningful connections and share a window into their lives with a global community. This according to the social media platform is part of its plan to be the home for a diverse global ecosystem of people and culture driving entertaining content and fostering connections “These new features are aimed at helping both new starters looking to try out a new feature as well as established creators to explore different aspects of the Live experience. One of the new features is the multi-guest live feature that allows creators to foster meaningful conversations with a diverse audience,” its statement read. TikTok further revealed that with ...
History as first aircraft lands in Ekiti airport {VIDEO}
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History as first aircraft lands in Ekiti airport {VIDEO}

Governor Kayode Fayemi commissioned Ekiti State's first airport on October 15, 2022. Ekiti State on Saturday witnessed its first plane landing as Governor Kayode Fayemi commissioned an airport It was a dream come true for the people of the Land of Honour as the Ekiti State Agro-Allied Passenger International Airport was inaugurated for public use shortly after the first aircraft landed at the facility on Saturday. With the commissioning and landing of the first flight on its soil, Ekiti has joined the elite club of states in Nigeria that boast of a functional airport, which is expected to boost the export of agricultural produce, service educational and health institutions, and abundant tourism potentials in the state. The first aircraft, ATR 42 Nigeria Air Force plane pi...
Lagos Gets FG’s Nod To Build Airport In Lekki
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Lagos Gets FG’s Nod To Build Airport In Lekki

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu The federal government yesterday approved the construction of Lekki International Airport, at the Lekki-Epe axis of Lagos State by the state government. The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika presented the approval to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos Economic Summit 2022 held at Eko Hotel and Suites.  Sirika, while making the presentation, said the Lagos State government’s airport would complement the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, which is becoming congested.  Sanwo-Olu who was highly elated that the state’s airport project is becoming a reality said the government would soon unveil the process for the construction of the airport. Share this Story Kindly leave your comment, like and share th...
We Are Committed To Smart Transportation System- NITT DG
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We Are Committed To Smart Transportation System- NITT DG

DG and Chief Executive of NITT, Dr Bayero Salih Farah The Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) Zaria has said it is committed to delivering Smart Transportation systems through its innovations, research and development. Director-General/Chief Executive NITT, Dr Bayero Salih-Farah, said this in his Independence Day statement. He said as a training and manpower development institute, NITT is committed to achieving its vision of pioneering the development of Smart Transportation systems through the deployment of intelligence transport system infrastructure for the purpose of the collection of real-time information about the performance of the transportation industry in Nigeria. Salih-Farah also said the NITT is committed to deepening research and pioneer...
Taliban to ban TikTok ‘because it promotes violence’
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Taliban to ban TikTok ‘because it promotes violence’

The Taliban have announced that they will ban TikTok because it promotes violence.  Taliban's ministry of telecommunication said the popular app as well as PUBG, an online game will be banned in the country within weeks.  'TikTok has been spreading immoral and non Islamic content and videos in an Islamic country among the very vulnerable youths of Afghanistan, and we have to block it for the sake of our youths' future,' a Taliban official told MailOnline. 'They are just devastating our young people by advertising western life style. We are living in an Islamic country and these platforms have been spreading contents against it,' he said.  'Facebook is also spreading same kind of content. Our youths are wasting lost of time on that. It's our duty to take care...
Former Twitter Head of Security makes shocking allegations in testimony to US senate saying  “Twitter is misleading the public about how secure the platform really is” -{VIDEO}
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Former Twitter Head of Security makes shocking allegations in testimony to US senate saying “Twitter is misleading the public about how secure the platform really is” -{VIDEO}

Twitter's former head of security, Peiter Zatko, says the firm is "misleading the public" about how secure the platform really is. Speaking to US senators on Tuesday, September 13, Zatko claimed Twitter was "a decade behind" security standards as users' data are not sufficiently protected and that too many staff have access to it. Zatko was giving evidence following an 84-page long whistleblowing complaint he made about security practices inside the social network. He also said "one-time fines" imposed by regulators over breaches of rules on data protection "didn't bother Twitter at all". Zatko was fired by Twitter in January and Twitter has in the past denied his allegations. However, his allegations could also come as ammo for world's richest man, Elon ...
UPDATE : Kaduna-Abuja train negotiator is now in our custody – DSS
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UPDATE : Kaduna-Abuja train negotiator is now in our custody – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) says the arrested Kaduna-Abuja train hostage negotiator, Tukur Manu, is now in their custody. A statement released by Peter Afunanya, spokesperson of the agency, says Manu, as a person of interest, was intercepted by Nigeria’s foreign partners in Cairo, Egypt on 6th September 2022 while on his way to Saudi Arabia. ''He has since been returned to the country, today, 7th September, 2022 and taken into the Service’s custody. The act followed a request by Nigeria’s Military, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Community to their foreign partners to bring back Manu to the country'' the statement in part read Afunanya stated that Manu was brought in to answer critical questions on ongoing investigations relating to some security matters in p...
Olu Of Warri Unveils N1m Cash Prize For Warri Tech Challenge
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Olu Of Warri Unveils N1m Cash Prize For Warri Tech Challenge

In bid to entrench a digitally educated populace in his domain, especially among the youths, His Majesty, the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has blazed the trail by introducing the ‘Olu of Warri Tech Challenge” with cash prize of N1m for the winner. The Tech based innovative idea of the monarch is aimed at exploring and harnessing the potential among youths by providing the platform to enable them to develop an inventive technological culture. The hunt for brilliant talented I.T youths is targeted at those between the ages of 18 and 35 years to participate in the Olu of Warri Tech challenges with a passion for technological innovation and state –of – art digital solutions. According to a post on the official Instagram handle of the wife to the monarch, Olori Atuwa...
Twitter begins edit button feature testing
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Twitter begins edit button feature testing

Twitter, on Thursday, September 1, said it has begun actively testing an edit button, after months of publicly discussing such a tweak. The trial of "Edit Tweet" will begin with internal employees, then be expanded out to the platform’s "Twitter Blue" subscription population, the company said. The company said on its blog: "Edit Tweet is a feature that lets people make changes to their Tweet after it’s been published. Think of it as a short period of time to do things like fix typos, add missed tags, and more." Under the revision being studied, users could edit a tweet "a few times" in the 30 minutes after the initial posting, in ways that transparently note the changes to "help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record o...
Glo Marks 19th Anniversary in telecommunication business
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Glo Marks 19th Anniversary in telecommunication business

Digital solutions company, Globacom, has expressed gratitude to its subscribers and Nigerians for their support over the past 19 years. The company, which marks its 19th anniversary this week, having commenced business on August, 29, 2003. In a press statement released in Lagos, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mr. Bisi Koleosho, expressed appreciation to Glo subscribers and all Nigerians for their faith in the company, and restated its commitment to the provision of world-class communications and digital services. This, he noted, is in line with the corporate promise Globacom made at launch to build a robust communications and technology infrastructure that would consistently deliver value to its esteemed customers. “As we celebrate our remarkable achievements th...
Reaction as Saudi Arabia sentences Leeds University student to 34 years in prison for having a Twitter account and following dissident activists
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Reaction as Saudi Arabia sentences Leeds University student to 34 years in prison for having a Twitter account and following dissident activists

A Saudi student at Leeds University UK, who returned to Saudi Arabia for a holiday has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for having a Twitter account and for following and retweeting dissident activists. Salma al-Shebab, 34, was accused of using Twitter to "cause public unrest and destabilise civil and national security" after she posted tweets calling for women's rights in Saudi Arabia. Al-Shebab, who has two young sons aged four and six, was initially sentenced to six years in prison but a Saudi terrorism court on Monday, August 15, increased her jail-term to 34 years after she appealed her sentence.  In sentencing, the court cited Al-Shebab's social media activity where she tweeted in support of women's rights in Saudi Arabia and expressed solidarity with...
Secondary School Graduate Builds ‘Robot’ In Kano
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Secondary School Graduate Builds ‘Robot’ In Kano

Isah Barde, a 17-year-old secondary school graduate in Kano State, has built a ‘robot’ from scraps, using cartons, pipes, LED, motor, aluminium, among others, as components. Isah intends to study robotics and become an artifical intelligence expert, despite the financial barrier that stands in his way. It has been three years since the teenage boy started inventing the robot, which he described as a part of his life aspirations, inspite of limited support. He controls the robot by moving his hands. “This robot is made of motor, cardboards, LED, copper wires, aluminium, pipes, tyres and wood,” Isah told Trust TV. “They are things I got from people and one market called Jakara where you can buy things like a hair dryer that has been destroyed and use its motor...
Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe becomes world’s most expensive car
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe becomes world’s most expensive car

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe, dubbed “the Mona Lisa of cars” has become the most expensive automobile ever sold in an invitation-only auction. The car, which was never produced for commercial use, sold for €135 million (£115 million), beating the previous record of £63 million paid for a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in 2018. According to the Telegraph, Simon Kidston, a British expert and dealer based in Switzerland, spent 18 months lobbying Mercedes on behalf of a client to hold the sale. It was Mr Kidston, on behalf of a client, who made the winning bid. Its new owner has chosen to remain anonymous. A peep into the Mona Lisa of cars The Mercedes Benz Mona Lisa “If you had asked classic-car experts and top collectors over the past half a century to name the most desirable car...
No plan to ban Facebook – Lai Mohammed
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No plan to ban Facebook – Lai Mohammed

Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the federal government has no intention to ban Facebook for allegedly allowing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) make inciting comments on the platform.  The Minister said this while addressing journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday May 18.  Lai noted that the federal government had a fruitful discussion with a team from the social media platform on Tuesday May 17.  He said;  “I had a very fruitful meeting with Facebook yesterday (Tuesday). At that meeting, we expressed our displeasure that Facebook was becoming a power of choice for those who stay outside Niger...
US military reveals it has had several encounters with UFOs; calls it a national security concern {VIDEO}
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US military reveals it has had several encounters with UFOs; calls it a national security concern {VIDEO}

For the first time in 50 years, The US Congress held a congressional hearing on UFOs also known as unidentified flying objects or unidentified aerial phenomena, with the Pentagon saying the mysterious sightings are a 'national security concern' On Tuesday, May 17, the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray and Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie showed declassified footage during his opening remarks at a historic open House hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena. The presentation happened in a House Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee with the Pentagon showing declassified photos and video of UFOs including a flying object without a "specific" explanation" – as lawmakers pressed militar...
NiMet Predicts Severe Heat In Kebbi, Sokoto, Others 
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NiMet Predicts Severe Heat In Kebbi, Sokoto, Others 

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has predicted severe heat in parts of Nigeria. In its high-impact weather forecast released on Sunday, NiMeT said parts of Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Dutse, Bauchi, Nguru, and Borno indicate chances of experiencing high thermal discomfort. The forecast added that most parts of the Northern cities are expected to record temperatures between 35°C to 40°C. However, parts of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, and Borno are expected to experience temperatures greater than 40°C. “Parts of Enugu and Ebonyi are also expected to record temperatures between 35°C to 40°C,” NiMeT said. Also on Monday May 16, it said parts of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, Niger, and B...
Hackers can unlock and steal your vehicles – NCC alerts Nigerians
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Hackers can unlock and steal your vehicles – NCC alerts Nigerians

The Nigerian Communications Commission has raised an alarm of hackers now being able to unlock and steal vehicles. In a statement released on Sunday May 15, by NCC's Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the commission said the ongoing cyber-vulnerability allows a nearby hacker to unlock vehicles, start their engines wirelessly and make away with cars. Car owners have been asked to reset their key fob at the dealership and also store their key fobs in signal-blocking ‘Faraday pouches’ when not in use. The statement read;  The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) wishes to alert telecom consumers and members of the public about an ongoing cyber-vulnerability that allows a nearby hacker to unlock vehicles, start their engines wireless...
FG launches mobile app for sending crime alerts to security agencies
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FG launches mobile app for sending crime alerts to security agencies

The federal government has launched a mobile app for sending crime alerts to security agencies.  Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior who spoke at the launch of (NISPSAS) mobile application at the ministry’s headquarters on Thursday May 12, said many attacks would have been foiled if the security agencies had been notified in real time.  He expressed hope of the mobile app bridging the gap of communication between Nigerians and security agencies.  Aregbesola noted that the application is free to use for Nigerians and can be downloaded on the Android or iOS playstore. He said;  “One noticeable lacuna is information and timely alert of the security agencies to incidents of crimes, breach of security, and natural disasters before the...
Russian TV hacked with message saying ‘the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their children is on your hands’
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Russian TV hacked with message saying ‘the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their children is on your hands’

Russian TV has been hacked with the message 'the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their children is on your hands'. The hack came as Russians prepared to watch the annual Victory Day military parade on Red Square presided over by Vladimir Putin on Monday, May 9. 'No to War' message also was seen on the screen as well as  'TV and the authorities lie' as it appeared on schedules and programmes including children's TV shows, affecting viewers across the country. It impacted online viewers of various channels transmitted by MTS mobile operator, NTV Plus, Rostelecom, and Wink. One parent in Tyumen, Siberia, said: 'The [TV] provider "delighted" my child with such a message on children's channels, and then it turned out that the same thing happen...
TikTok introduces TikTok Pulse
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TikTok introduces TikTok Pulse

TikTok has announced that it is launching TikTok Pulse, an advertising solution that ensures brands’ ads display at the top of all videos on TikTok as part of its technique to drive growth. Tiktok in its blog post reported that creators and publishers with at least 100,000 followers on TikTok will be eligible for the revenue share program during the initial stage of the TikTok Pulse program as revenue from ad would be split equally between creators and TikTok. It stated that the development would be rolled out starting from the US in June 2022 but would extend across countries in the months that follow, adding that only advertisers TikTok invited to join the program will have access to TikTok Pulse but more people will be added as it develops. The company said the development...
Telecommunication companies propose 40% increase in cost of calls, SMS, and data due to the rising cost of running a business in Nigeria
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Telecommunication companies propose 40% increase in cost of calls, SMS, and data due to the rising cost of running a business in Nigeria

Telecommunication companies in Nigeria are proposing a 40 percent increase in the cost of calls, SMS, and data to the Nigerian Communications Commission due to the rising cost of running a business in the nation. The price floor of calls is expected to increase from N6.4 to N8.95 while the price cap of SMS will increase from N4 to N5.61 based on their proposal. This was disclosed in a letter titled, ‘Impact of the Economic and Security Issues on the Telecommunications Sector,’ which was sighted by our correspondent. The letter was written by the telecommunications companies under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria to the NCC. In the letter, the telecom companies said there had been a 40 percent increase in the cost of ...
Twitter set for mass deactivations on the platform after Musk deal were largely ‘organic’
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Twitter set for mass deactivations on the platform after Musk deal were largely ‘organic’

Twitter saw mass “organic” deactivations and huge fluctuations after Tesla CEO Elon Musk agreed to a $44 billion takeover deal of the social media giant. According to an NBC News report published Tuesday April 26, the follower numbers for some of Twitter’s most-followed accounts, including former President Barack Obama, singers Katy Perry and Taylor Swift all dropped by hundreds of thousands. Obama, who is Twitter’s most-followed user with 131.7 million followers, saw his follower count fall by 300,000 since Monday. Perry, who has 108.8 million followers, lost 200,000. Some accounts on the political right, including that of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., saw their follower counts skyrocket. Greene, who boasted 539,000 followers the day before news of ...
Elon Musk is the ‘singular solution he ‘trusts’ to run Twitter CEO – Jack Dorsey says
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Elon Musk is the ‘singular solution he ‘trusts’ to run Twitter CEO – Jack Dorsey says

Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey has welcomed Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, describing the Telsa billionaire as 'the singular solution I trust.' On Monday April 25, Twitter management accepted Musk’s offer to acquire the company for  $44 billion and take it private at $54.20 a share.  Reacting to news of the takeover agreement on Twitter, Dorsey posted a Spotify link to the Radiohead song “Everything In Its Right Place,” and said Musk is the “singular solution I trust” to run the company he co-created in 2006 and that he“ trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness.”  He wrote: I love Twitter. Twitter is the closest thing we have to a global consciousness. The idea and service is all that matters to me, and I will do whatever...
I has no plans to rejoin Twitter despite Musk reaches deal to buy the platform – Donald Trump says
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I has no plans to rejoin Twitter despite Musk reaches deal to buy the platform – Donald Trump says

Former President Donald Trump has said he has no intention of rejoining Twitter even if his account is reinstated following Elon Musk’s agreement to buy the social media giant for roughly $44 billion. Trump told Fox News that he will instead focus on his own platform, Truth Social. “I am not going on Twitter. I am going to stay on Truth,” Trump was quoted telling the network. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on Truth.” Talking about Truth Social, Trump said that the platform "will be a voice for me" while adding "that's something nobody else can get." Although media reports over the past couple of months have claimed that Truth Social has been be...
MTN issues N127b series 1, 2 commercial papers
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MTN issues N127b series 1, 2 commercial papers

MTN Nigeria yesterday notified the Nigerian Exchange Limited and the public of its N127 billion Series 1 & 2 Commercial Paper Issuance (CPI) under its registered N150 billion Commercial Paper Programme. MTN Chief Executive Officer, Karl Toriola said: “We are delighted to have concluded what will go into the record books as the largest Commercial Paper issuance in Nigeria. The success of our CP Issuance is a clear demonstration of the strength and acceptance of the MTN brand, and the trust placed by the investor community in our company’s leadership, strong financial performance and corporate strategy.” The issuance comprised two tenors – a 184-day Serie issuance priced at a 7.50 per cent yield and a 254-day Series 2 issuance priced at an 8.50 per cent yield. Stanbic ...
Meet Four-year-old girl car mechanic  {VIDEO}
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Meet Four-year-old girl car mechanic {VIDEO}

A four-year-old girl identified as Rory has left social media users stunned with admiration after she showcased her mechanic skills. The little girl who is barely five years could fix a vehicle without any assistance. The little girl could be seen in the video busy fixing a car as she declined assistance from her father assuring him that she can handle it. According to the Twitter user @ifiwasperfect, who shared the video, the little expert mechanic is his sister's daughter and that the little girl's mum has been in the car business for long and her dad is an expert mechanic. Watch the video below: https://www.instagram.com/tv/Ccpa_3YLaO4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://twitter.com/i/status/1517425616945090561 Kindly leave your comment, like a...
BREAKING : Nokia announces it will exit the Russian market
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BREAKING : Nokia announces it will exit the Russian market

Nokia has officially announced its exit from the Russian market. "It has been clear for Nokia since the early days of the invasion of Ukraine that continuing our presence in Russia would not be possible," the Finnish telecoms company said in a press release Tuesday. Nokia said its top priority continues to be the safety and wellbeing of its employees. "For humanitarian reasons, Western governments have expressed concerns about the risk of critical telecommunication network infrastructure in Russia failing," the press release read.They have also emphasized the importance of ensuring the continued flow of information and access to the internet which provides outside perspectives to the Russian people. "Therefore, as we exit we will aim to provide the necessary support to mai...
JUST IN : Barred SIM Cards Won’t Be Unblocked Without NIN Linkage -FG
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JUST IN : Barred SIM Cards Won’t Be Unblocked Without NIN Linkage -FG

The Federal Government has said millions of mobile telephone lines barred by telecom operators last week will not be unblocked until their owners’ National Identity Numbers (NINs) are linked. This was disclosed in a statement by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday. “The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) wishes to officially inform telecoms consumers, whose Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards are barred from making calls, that affected SIMs will not be unbarred by the service providers until they are linked with the National Identification Numbers (NINs) of the SIM holders”, the statement said. NCC said the information had become necessary in view of a viral web link (https://bit.ly/NCC-Sim-Unbar-Gov-Ng) being circulated on social media and on som...
BREAKING : 72m telephone lines partially deactivated
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BREAKING : 72m telephone lines partially deactivated

As part of measures to improve security in the country, all telephone lines which Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) not linked to National Identity Numbers (NIN) have been partially deactivated. The deactivation order took effect yesterday following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive. To effect the order, all outgoing calls by defaulting subscribers have been barred. About 72.7million lines may be affected by the directive. A joint statement by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and  National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Director of Corporate Communications Mr Kayode Adegoke, announced the decision yesterday. However, there is an open window for defaulters to do so at designated NIMC c...
Two of Donald Trump’s Truth Social tech executives ‘quit as app is branded a failure’
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Two of Donald Trump’s Truth Social tech executives ‘quit as app is branded a failure’

Two key executives who were hired to launch former President Donald Trump’s social media startup Truth Social have resigned. Sources told Reuters that Josh Adams, the chief of technology, and Billy Boozer, Trump’s product development chief have both left the company. Their departure comes less than one year after joining the former President on his project.  This is the latest development at the nascent venture that has struggled to get off the ground. The specific circumstances behind the executives’ resignations or whether they have been replaced or their duties reassigned couldn’t immediately be determined, according to the report. This is also coming after some critics deemed Truth Social a failure and disaster, with hundreds of thousands of users appa...
Kogi community gets NBC approval to establish radio station
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Kogi community gets NBC approval to establish radio station

Ekinrin-Ade community, in Ijumu Local Government Area, LGA of Kogi State is putting finishing touches to its dream of establishing a radio station, the first of such in Okun land. The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, gave a major boost to the initiative when it approved and assigned a Frequency Modulation, FM channel 88.3MHz to it. The station, known as Akogba FM will be a major bridge for the existing information gap in Kogi West and adjunct locations, according to Adekanye Victor, spokesperson of Ekinrin-Ade Community Development Association, EACDA, in a statement. The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has approved and assigned frequency channel 88.3MHz to Akogba FM in Ekinrin-Adde, Ijumu local government of Kogi state. Adekanye confirmed that NBC conveyed the a...
BREAKING  : FG asks telcos to bar outgoing calls on all unregistered lines
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BREAKING : FG asks telcos to bar outgoing calls on all unregistered lines

The federal government has directed telecommunication companies to bar all outgoing calls on unlinked lines from today, April 4, 2022. Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC and Kayode Adegoke, head, corporate communications, NIMC, said in a joint statement that the directive to bar all outgoing calls on sims not yet registered and linked with the National Identification Number (NIN) came after several extension of deadlines.  The statement read;  “It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, gave the directive for the implementation and commencement of the exercise in December 2020, as part of the administration’s security and social policies. The deadlines for the NIN-SIM linkage has been extended on multiple occasions to allow Nigeria...
Telcos union laments insecurity and high energy costs
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Telcos union laments insecurity and high energy costs

Telecommunication providers under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria have lamented over the rising cost of diesel and insecurity which they said have impacted negatively on their operational costs.  President of ALTON, Mr Gbenga Adebayo who spoke at a press conference said network planning, operational expense, and projection plans for telcos are based on diesel prices. Adebayo noted that there is need for government to save the sector, as operators might have no other choice but to begin a process of price review. He added that telcos are struggling with the availability of diesel and the logistics of delivering it to sites. He said;  “Diesel is now very expensive, from N250 to over N700. All network planni...
Microsoft Nigeria Launches Agro-Tech Hackathon For Nigerian Youths, Partners With NIRSAL And TedPrime Hub
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Microsoft Nigeria Launches Agro-Tech Hackathon For Nigerian Youths, Partners With NIRSAL And TedPrime Hub

. In keeping to their promise to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft Nigeria has launched the Agro-Tech Hackathon NG for Nigerian young entrepreneurs. The initiative which is targeted at providing homegrown scalable platforms by Nigerian youths for Nigerian farmers and consumers to access farm produce will also help to improve digital value chain process and reduce agricultural wastes and losses. Also reacting to the initiative, the Technical and Operations Lead of TedPrime Hub, Mr. Adeeko Olalekan, expressed his delight in the partnership drive around this project and lauded Microsoft’s digital investments towards providing Nigerian youths the platform to invent local solutions in the oldest sector in the planet—agriculture. “...
Second Niger Bridge is 91% complete – Fashola
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Second Niger Bridge is 91% complete – Fashola

Second Niger Bridge is 91% complete - Fashola Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola has said that the Second Niger Bridge has reached 91 percent completion rate. Fashola said this on Thursday March 24, during the Special Weekly ministerial briefing at the State House in Abuja. The Minister also revealed that the 206 billion naira project has directly employed 1,486 people, with 8,110 indirect jobs equally created. Fashola pegged major projects under the Presidential Infrastructure Development fund including the 375km Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway estimated (797 billion naira); the 11.59km Second Niger Bridge (206 billion naira) and the 127km Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (310 billion naira) at 1.3 trillion naira. He noted that the Lagos Ibadan Express Way and Second N...
Anonymous hacks Russian media censorship agency and leaks 340,000 files amid claims Moscow could try to cut the country off from the internet
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Anonymous hacks Russian media censorship agency and leaks 340,000 files amid claims Moscow could try to cut the country off from the internet

Anonymous has hacked into Russia's media censorship agency and released 340,000 files in the latest attack to undermine Vladimir Putin President Putin's war propaganda campaign. According to Mail Online, the hacktivists broke into the Roskomnadzor federal agency to steal the classified documents which they then passed on to transparency organisation Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), who published them online. The trove of 820 gigabytes of emails and attachments, some of which are dated as late as March 5, show how the Kremlin is censoring anything referring to their brutal invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow is instead calling a 'special military operation'. The Anonymous hacker said they 'urgently felt the Russian people should have access to informati...
Facebook and Instagram ‘will allow posts calling for Putin’s death and violence against Russian soldiers and civilians’<br>
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Facebook and Instagram ‘will allow posts calling for Putin’s death and violence against Russian soldiers and civilians’

Facebook will allow posts calling for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s death in a temporary change to its hate speech policy.Instagram and Facebook users in some countries will be allowed to call for violence against Russian soldiers and civilians in the context of the Ukrainian invasion, according to internal emails seen by Reuters.Meta, which runs the social media sites, told content moderators that posts calling for the death of the Russian President and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will also be allowed.The temporary policy change applied to Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania.Posts that call for Mr. Putin’s or Mr. Lukashenko’s death will only be removed if they target other individuals or if there are indications t...
Russia is blocking Facebook in the country
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Russia is blocking Facebook in the country

Russia announced Friday it is blocking Facebook in the country, according to its communications regulator.  “In March 2022, a decision was made to block access to the Facebook network (owned by Meta Platforms, Inc.) in the Russian Federation,” the statement said. Meta president Nick Clegg responded to the ban, saying the company was doing “everything we can to restore our services” but that soon Russian users would be cut off from reliable information. The White House also responded to the move, saying it was "deeply concerned." "This is a pattern," press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday, referring to Russia's effort to restrict information about the war in Ukraine by independent journalists, state-backed media, and now social media platforms. "T...
Tricycle driver gives his Keke Napep an executive makeover{VIDEO}
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Tricycle driver gives his Keke Napep an executive makeover{VIDEO}

A tricycle rider has gotten quite extra with his Keke Napep.  A video which has gone viral online, showed that he gave his keke napep an executive makeover. The seats got a new look, including a cup holder.  Watch the video below................... https://www.instagram.com/tv/Cao2hF2Ors8/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRIBERS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL THANKS AND GOD BLESS https://youtu.be/EmD6FSuOK_c
Russia’s independent radio station Echo of Moscow shutting down
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Russia’s independent radio station Echo of Moscow shutting down

Russia’s independent radio station "Echo of Moscow" announced Thursday it will be closing down following authorities’ decision to take the station off-air. “By a majority vote of the Board of Directors of Echo of Moscow, a decision was made to liquidate the radio channel and the website of Echo of Moscow,” reads a statement on its website. On March 1, the Russian authorities moved to block the websites of Echo of Moscow and another outlet named TV Rain, and took Echo of Moscow off the air due to their coverage of the war in Ukraine. In a statement, the Prosecutor General accused the Echo of Moscow and TV Rain of disseminating what it called “information known to be false regarding the actions of Russian servicemen, as part of a special operation to pr...
BREAKING : Canadian TV providers remove Russian state media outlet RT from its network
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BREAKING : Canadian TV providers remove Russian state media outlet RT from its network

Some cable TV providers in Canada are removing the Russian propaganda channel RT (Russia Today) from their packages. Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. said late Sunday that RT will no longer be available to their customers. Rival Telus Corp. said earlier it’s prepared to pull the channel “immediately” if Canada’s broadcast regulator asks it to do so. This came barely 24 hours after Canada's Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the government would look at “all options” to remove the Kremlin-controlled channel, amid widespread fury over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Spokesperson for Rogers said RT will be turned off on Monday. A BCE spokesperson said the network is “no longer available on Bell’s channel lineup” as of Sunday night.  “We are devast...