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Human rights violation worsens in Africa as governments use ‘kill-switch’, enforce internet censorship



The most populous black country, Nigeria, saw the sharpest drop in internet freedom in 2021, while other African countries: Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe are in the worst conditions for fettered online access and speech.

A global longitudinal study conducted by Surfshark, an Amsterdam-based cybersecurity firm revealed that Africa has had 88 internet restriction cases since 2015, the most censored region worldwide in 2020 and 2021. 38 cases happened because of protests.

Internet disruption is a weapon by the government to silence citizens’ unrest which remains worryingly high, we reports. These cases are of national or local magnitude where the internet is slowed or completely shut down, leaving billions of people without most of their communication means. The most common reasons for censorship were political turmoil and protests.

Out of 72 internet disruption cases worldwide in the first half of 2022, social media platforms were targeted six times, which is twice in Europe and Africa, once in Asia and South America. Research co-created by Surfshark and NetBlocks shows that Asia is the most censorship-intensive region worldwide, while Africa follows.

According to the research, there were 66 internet blackouts in six countries — Internet was shut down locally in three countries and territories (India, the Jammu and Kashmir region, and Pakistan) while in Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan, and Sudan — internet connections were cut down nationwide.

“Governments in an increasing number of countries in Africa are implementing internet shutdowns as a tool to assert or maintain control over populations,” Felicia Anthonio, #KeepItOn Campaign Manager at Access Now, a global human rights organization told us. “These unjustifiable acts of dominance violate fundamental rights and democratic freedoms,” she added.


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Gunmen kill Police Inspector in Aba



Suspected members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, have been accused of killing a police Inspector at Ndiegoro Police Station in Aba, Abia State.

The incident reportedly happened at about 12:30 pm on Tuesday in Ohanku Road, Iheorji junction in Aba.

During the incident, two of the attackers were neutralized by the police in the ensuing gunfight.

NAN disclosed that the Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna confirmed the incident.

Ogbonna said some policemen from Ndiegoro Police Station were on patrol around Iheorji when they came under attack by people suspected to be ESN/IPOB members.

“During a gun duel, one of the Policemen paid the supreme price while two of the gunmen were neutralized.

“As they shot the policeman, they also collected his Police AK-47 riffle”, he said.

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BBTitans: I don’t enjoy sex, I am bisexual – Nana



Big Brother Titans housemate, Nana has said that she does not enjoy sex.

Nana revealed this during a conversation with Yvonne and Olivia.

She also disclosed that she is bisexual and had do a lot of dirty things to survive.

“Because I want money, I’ve met a lot of men in different sizes. So even if you are what, I have met your size. Just do the whatever and stand up.

“I don’t enjoy sex, I don’t feel it. It got f*cked up when I had to start doing women. You Know when I said I’m bisexual?” she said.

Meanwhile, Nelisa had earlier revealed that Tsatsii is bisexual.

She said Teatsii has started showing her bisexual side.


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Zamfara police arrest 2 gunrunners, recover 325 rounds of live ammunition, AK47 rifles



Tactical operatives of the Zamfara State Police Command have arrested two gun runners, Emmanuel Emmanuel and his female counterpart, Nana Ibrahim along Gusau – Wanke – Dansadau road, conveying 325 rounds of live ammunition and 1 Magazine for Ak 47 rifle.

A press statement signed by the Command’s spokesman, S P Mohammed Shehu said the arrest was sequel to intelligence information received about the supply of the exhibits from Benue State to an undisclosed bandit’s camp in Zamfara State.

“Spot search by the operatives led to the recovery of the above exhibits. In the course of interrogation, suspects confessed to having engaged in several gun-running businesses with bandits operating in Zamfara and other neighbouring states. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend their partners and charge them to court for prosecution.”

The statement noted that the commissioner of Police, Kolo Yusuf has assured the sustained commitment of the Police to protect lives and property and urged the public to collaborate with the security agencies in this regard.

The Commissioner appealed to law-abiding citizens of the State to always give vital information that can lead to the arrest of criminals to the security agencies.

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