The Online Publisher Association of Nigeria (OPAN) has condemned the arrest of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore by Department of State Security (DSS) and called for his immediate release.
In a statement Sunday, the premier online Publishers’ association in Nigeria urged the DSS to immediately charge Mr. Sowore before a competent court if it feels the journalist and activist-cum politician has broken the law of the land.
Nigerian security agents arrested Sowore, who was calling for revolution, very early on Saturday morning. Sowore and his group say they have mobilised protests scheduled to begin on August 5 across over a dozen cities in Nigeria. The police has declared the protests tagged “Revolution now” illegal and treasonable.
“Detaining Sowore indefinitely without access to his lawyer or charging him to court is crude, undemocratic, brazen and draconian. He should be freed immediately or charged to court if indeed the state has a case against him,” OPAN President, Austyn Ogannah said in the statement.
OPAN maintained that the right of Sowore, any other person or group to protest against the federal government is guaranteed by the constitution of federal Republic of Nigeria, and warned against trampling on the clear provisions of the Nigeria Constitution, particularly section 40 of 1999 Constitution which protects the right of every Nigerian to stage peaceful protests.
Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has reacted to the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters and activist.
Mr Sowore was arrested by the State Security Service on Saturday, ahead of the nationwide protest expected to start on Monday, in 21 cities.
Despite Mr Sowore’s arrest, organisers have vowed to go on with the demonstration seeking decisive solutions to Nigeria’s security, economic, educational and healthcare failings.
Mr Sowore’s arrest has been condemned by prominent Nigerians including Wole Soyinka and Femi Falana.
The presidency accused those defending his arrest of blackmail.
Speaking on Channels TV Sunday Politics, Mr Ozekhome said the Buhari government is not tolerant of criticism.
“Dancing on the street saying we don’t want bad governance, how does that amount to treason? Unreasonable felony?
“This government is allergic to plurality of voices. This government is allergic to criticism, this government is allergic to opinions. This government should know that Nigeria is a country with many colours.
“You cannot sample opinions. We cannot all sleep on the same bed. This government should learn to be tolerant,” he said.
It should be recalled that the Nigeria Police already described the planned protests by as ‘treasonable felony and acts of terrorism’. They also vowed to resist the movement.
Speaking on this, Mr Ozekhome said the police force is ‘illogical’.
“That allegation is most plural, most damning and most illogical from the government or security spokespersons.
“What is treason? For the definition of treason, you have to look at Sections 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 and 43 of the Criminal Code which applies in the Southern part of Nigeria.
“Then you must look at Section 410 of the Penal Code that applies in the Northern part of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Treason is the act of overthrowing the sovereign government of a state,” he argued.
Nigerians had been quick to demand Mr Sowore’s release, with several potential demonstrators warning that the ‘RevolutionNow’ matches would go on whether or not Mr Sowore remained in custody beyond August 5.
Organisers said the government should focus on addressing the issues that informed the planned demonstration, rather than cracking down on citizens for exercising their rights to speech, association, and assembly.
The protesters said the demand had been broken down into three phases, each of which contains a laundry of critical issues that must be addressed — failure over which the protest would not cease.
The first is to end anti-people economic policies, second is to end special privileges for the ruling class while the third hands on returning political power and national wealth to the working people.
The Kaduna State High Court has granted the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenatu Zakzaky bail for medical leave in india.
The name of the hospital where the IMN is expected to visit is Mandeta Hospital, located in New Delhi, India.
Mr El-Zakzaky has been in detention since 2015 after soldiers raided the IMN headquarters in Zaria and killed at least 347 Shiites.
The government accused the group of not recognising the Nigerian constitution and authority.
Mr El-Zakzaky’s prolonged detention despite several court orders for his release fueled protests by Shiites in Nigeria.
Recent protests by the group have resulted in violence, with a journalist and a police officer killed two weeks ago in Abuja.
It is not clear yet if the government will obey the latest bail and release Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife, who are said to be in very poor health.
More to follow…
Molped Brand Ambassador, Chidinma Ekile headlined the activities marking the 2019 World Friendship Day came on Saturday with the launching of ‘Mo Girls’, a party of 40 beautiful girls, by MOLPED Sanitary Pads, the flagship brand from Hayat Kimya Nigeria Limited.
Following the release of the music video for her “Emi Ni Baller” single, she became the first female musician to peak at number one on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 chart in 2011.
The ‘Mo Girls’ Hangout which took place inside the cozy ambience of the Tea Room in Lekki- Lagos also had in attendance, Health Care Specialists who addressed the ‘girls’ on key issues about life and living.
The idea is to have a group of girls who will have each other’s backs and basically driving the ideals of friendship.
Also speaking at the occasion, a general health specialist, Dr Doyin Olaosibikan highlighted the health benefits of the sanitary pads mostly especially in the area of absorbing flow during lady period no matter how heavy it is.
According to her, since the MOLPED pad is made with hundred percent cotton, it is breathable which allow air to circulate to the affected areas there by preventing bacteria from being harmful to the users.
Recently, Molped started its digital pages across the social media to reinforce its unique selling points as well as its brand personality. The brand personality is coiled around ‘Best Friends’ and aimed at growing a community of ladies online called Mo’girls who will drive the best friend narrative.
The MOLPED, according to Onyinyechi Nwosu, Molped’s Brand Manager (Sanitary Pad Category) offers every lady the solution to irritation and roughness, because the range is produced with Nylon free materials and has a breathable back sheet, thus eliminating the burning sensation while in use and additionally providing comforting cottony feel.
According to her, companion and friendship are the two key words that best describe MOLPED with its audience which are lady’s as all the attributes of a true friend is personified by the brand
In her words: “the launch of this hangout today is the focal point and the beginning for the brand and the lady’s to synergies to form that much needed bond which is friendship and companion which is the connecting point.”
MOLPED Sanitary Pads was launched into the Nigerian market in April 2019, changing the narrative of the feminine care category in Nigeria.
Since then, it has enjoyed growing presence in Traditional & Modern Trade channels. To further hasten this, the brand deployed a team of all girls “MOLPED Auxiliary squad” aimed at educating retailers on brands USP while leaving samples behind for the retailers to share the shoppers.
The World Friendship day is a day to celebrate the beautiful bond of friendship that not necessarily be connected by blood, but is so precious.
The first World Friendship Day was proposed for 30 July 1958 by the World Friendship Crusade, an international civil organization that campaigns to foster a culture of peace through friendship In 2011, the 30th July was declared as the International Day of Friendship by the General Assembly of United Nations.
The fifth edition of GOtv Boxing NextGen (GOtv Boxing NextGen5) will hold is Ilorin, capital of Kwara State, on 29 and 30 August. This was announced in a statement by Flykite Productions, organisers of the programme.
The two-day programme, sponsored by pay television service provider, GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, explained the organisers, was developed to unearth young and talented amateur boxers, aged between 18 and 25, who are desirous of turning professional.
Participants are required to take part in sparring sessions conducted by prominent boxing coaches, who will select boxers considered ready to move into the professional cadre. Boxers selected by the coaches will have their professional licences and free medical examination paid for by the sponsors as well as have the opportunity to fight in coming editions of GOtv Boxing Night.
The organisers also disclosed that registration forms for the programme are available free of charge at the Kwara State Boxing Association Office and Referees and Judges Association Office, both at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin; Akure Stadium Complex, Akure; Alake Sports Centre, Abeokuta; Oyo State Boxing Association Office, Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan, Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym, Surulere, Lagos; and Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) Secretariat, National Stadium, Lagos.
This is the third time programme is holding outside Lagos since debuting in 2015. In 2017, it held at the Francis Aiyegbeni Boxing Gym in Ibadan. Last year, it held at Dunkin Pepper Gym of the MKO International Stadium Complex, Abeokuta. The first two editions held at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym in Surulere, Lagos. Each of the previous editions attracted over a hundred boxers, out of which an average of 25 were considered ready to make the jump into the professional ranks.
Since its debut, GOtv Boxing NextGen Search has helped many boxers rise to local and international prominence. Among these are incumbent West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, who was discovered at GOtv Boxing NextGen 1 in Lagos. He went on to become the national champion before clinching the sub-regional title and is in line for the African Boxing Union (ABU) title. Babatunde has, also, on two occasions, won the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night, respectively winning cash prizes of N2million and N1million attached to the award.
Other high-flying graduates of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search are Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, winner of the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night 15 and current national super featherweight champion; Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi, best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 18; Tope “TP Rock” Musa and Prince “Lion” Nwoye.