APC national convention: No plan to zone NWC offices yet – Nabena

July 1, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed reports in the social media that it has arrived at a zoning formula for the offices in its National Working Committee (NWC) ahead of its planned national convention. Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena in a statement Tuesday in Abuja, said zoning of party offices was never part of Read More

FAAN denies release of post COVID-19 guidelines for flights resumption

May 17, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has denied it release of post- Covid-19 travel guideline for air travelers. In a press release signed on Saturday the General Manager Corporate Affairs Henrietta Yakubu said that their attention was drawn to a statement released by a certain Tayo Olu, saying the federal government has released a post- Covid-19 travel guideline for Read More

COVID 19: Nigeria and the life after

April 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria, like the rest of the world, has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic which has devastated the socio-economic cum political life of the people. Garba Shehu writes of its subsequent likely implications. National action plan In Nigeria, my country of close to 200 million people, the COVID-19 lockdown began on March 30 in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Read More

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Premium Times not under siege – DSS

March 3, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied media report that the service was laying siege on an on-line media, Premium Times and its staff. A press statement by the DSS public relations officer, Mr. Peter Afunanya, Sunday in Abuja, said: “The report that the DSS is laying siege on Premium Times and has hacked the phones of one of its staff is false in Read More

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Coronavirus: FG partners Facebook to check fake news

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

The social networking site, Facebook, has pledged to partner with the federal government to check the spread of fake news and disinformation in the wake of the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at a news briefing in Abuja on Friday, as contained in a statement issued by the Read More

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CDD charge stakeholders against fake news

February 4, 2020 Editorial III 0

Centre for Democracy and Development has urged Nigerians to ensure information is verified before dissemination. The project lead of the CDD Austin Aigbe stated this while interacting with stakeholders on the theme: Post-election, debriefing and misinformation in yenagoa. He said that fake news was used as instrument of war in the last governorship election in Bayelsa state. “Fake news gain Read More

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Govt, media’ve responsibility to end fake news –Malami

February 1, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that both government and the media should step up the fight against fake news in the country.  Malami made the observation in Abuja on Friday while playing host to a media delegation from the DAAR Communications. According to him, the media and government should strike a Read More

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Health body distances self from ‘misleading’ publications in Nigerian newspapers

November 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

A multipurpose international organisation, Emplug Limited, has distanced itself from publications in some Nigerian newspapers about the organisation being involved in an alleged recruitment scam involving the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Addressing newsmen Friday in Abuja, the CEO of Emplug, Engr. Azunna Chukwu, said the company was duly registered in two states in the United States of America Read More

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Buhari’s rumour of marriage and likely beneficiaries

October 17, 2019 Editorial III 0

The rumour of whether there was going to be a presidential wedding, precisely, whether President Muhammadu Buhari was going to wed the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, went viral on social media and dominated discussions in towns, houses and groups the whole of last week. In the end, there was no wedding between Read More

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No bridge collapse along Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road-FG

September 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Monday, described as fake, news making round that some bridges along Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani Road, especially Tatabu Bridge, collapsed. The social media was awash over the weekend that some bridges along the route have been damaged, and advised motorists to avoid the route. But the ministry in a statement issued by its Deputy Director, Press, Mr Read More

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Jega lashes out at politicians for spreading fake news on social media

July 30, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega on Monday expressed concern over the use of WhatsApp by politicians and candidates to spread fake news in Nigeria, especially during elections.  He raised the alarm in Abuja during the public presentation of a research finding entitled: “The use and abuse of WhatsApp in African election: Nigeria 2019”,  carried out by Read More

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When leaders are believable, hate speech ‘ll die – Prof Odinkalu

July 16, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Fake news and hate speech which have recently been entrenched in the polity, and threatening the very existence of Nigeria has been blamed on the government. Professor Chidi Odinkalu, one of the discussants at the colloquium organised by the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for African Studies (OOCAS) of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) said Monday that fake news and hate Read More

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Boko Haram: ‘Media reports against Buratai, anti-national interest’

June 22, 2019 Editorial III 0

Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) Friday stated that the media quoted the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, out of context over his recent statement allegedly indicting soldiers for failing to curb insurgency. The party in a statement signed by its national chairman, Charles Ogboli, particularly chastised The Sun newspapers over the report and urged Nigerians to discountenance Read More

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Facebook closes 23 pages with fake news

May 13, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Facebook has closed 23 Italian pages, including many supporting the country’s populist government parties for spreading fake news and breaking other social network rules. The action, coming amid renewed concerns that fake news could poison the campaign for the May 26 European Parliament elections, was taken in response to an investigation by Avaaz, a global campaigning group. “We have removed Read More

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We’re not relocating NGMC Warri, NNPC assures host communities

May 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured host communities to its Gas marketing Subsidiary, Nigerian Gas Marketing Company Limited (NGMC) that the report trending in the social media purporting planned relocation of the company’s office from Warri to Abuja is fake news. NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, assured members of the host communities Read More

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Fake news and Nigeria’s herder crisis

October 25, 2018 Blueprint 1

Fake pictures circulating on social media which users are falsely claiming depict inter-communal violence are inflaming already high tensions in Nigeria. It comes after three days of violence left more than 200 people dead in the centre of the country. A gruesome image of a woman face down in a pool of blood with a gaping shoulder wound is purported Read More

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Army inaugurate Cyber Warfare Command, launches app

October 16, 2018 Editorial III 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, has inaugurated the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command, a new corps to protect its data/network against cyber attack and curb terrorism. He also launched an app that Nigerian citizens can download to pass information to the military authorities. Buratai said the Cyber Operations Centre, at the army headquarters in Abuja, would also Read More

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We ‘ll demystify Saraki – Lai

August 15, 2018 Blueprint 0

-Justifies impeachment plot -No date yet to consider INEC budget – Saraki, Dogara -APC alleges planned mob attack on own senators by PDP Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, yesterday hinted that the people of Kwara state are ready to demystify Senate President Bukola Saraki in the 2019 general elections. Until his defection a few weeks ago Read More

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FG seeks VOA partnership to stamp out fake news

August 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has urged the Voice of America (VOA) to partner with the Nigerian government to fight the menace of fake news to correct misrepresentation of events in Nigeria. The Minister made the call in Abuja yesterday when VOA Director, Amanda Bennet paid him a courtesy visit in his office. ‘’The VOA, an international Read More

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Buhari declares IPI World Congress open, tasks body on fake news

June 22, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, declared open the 2018 International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress, and stressed the need for journalists worldwide to address the menace of fake news and hate speech for the good of humanity. Speaking during the event, the President said good journalism was panacea for prevalent fake news, disinformation and hate speech. He said the changing media Read More