Monthly Archives: November 2019

Bill for 3 years Jail Term For Fake News On Social Media Passes Second Reading


By Native Reporters

A bill seeking to regulate social media in the country has passed first reading at the senate.

The bill entitled, ‘protection from internet falsehood and manipulations bill, 2019’ is sponsored by Mohammed Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east.

The proposed legislation was one of the 11 bills read for the first time on Tuesday.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the sponsor of the bill said Nigeria needs the legislation because it would protect its “fragile unity”.

“There has never been a time when Nigeria has been very fragile in terms of its unity than this period,” Musa said.

“It is not to stop people from going into the internet to do whatever they feel legitimate is okay to do but what we felt is wrong is for you to use the medium to document information that you know is false, just because you want to achieve your desirable interest.”

He said the bill proposes a punishment of N150,000 fine or three years imprisonment for any offender.

“If it is a corporate organization that refused to block that false information despite the fact that they have been alerted by authorities not to disseminate that information for public interest and they still go ahead and do it, refusing to do that blockage will be penalized between N5 million to N10 million for those organizations,” the senator said.

“For example, MTN, Glo, 9 mobile, etc. which we use their platform in transmitting this information, if nothing is done, we find them and you will see that it will be a deterrent to others.”

In the previous Senate, there was a similar bill sponsored by Bala Na’Allah, the deputy majority leader.

But the bill was withdrawn after outrage by some Nigerians.

Recently, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, said the federal government was working on sanitizing the social media.

How Residence Scamper For Safety As Unknown Gunmen Opened Fire At Commuters In Abuja


The security situation in the Nigerian capital, Abuja and its environs is becoming more worse almost on a daily basis, stories of attacks and kidnapping by unknown gunmen has become a reoccurring issue in the FCT.

Yesterday was one of such days around Zuma rock along Kaduna- Abuja road in Niger state.

Daily Trust reports that gunmen suspected to be kidnappers shot at commuters around Zuma rock along Abuja-Kaduna highway, in Niger state on Tuesday, November 5.

The incidence occur at night when workers and traders were returning to their homes from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A victim, who escaped the attack, said around 9 pm, the vehicle he boarded from the Zuba axis in Abuja was shot at on approaching the area, just close to a military checkpoint. He said the attack forced the driver to reverse, after which all passengers alighted from the vehicle and fled the scene.

A trader at the Wuse market in Abuja, Hassan Ibrahim, also explained that hundreds of passengers got out of their vehicles to take refuge around nearby Zuma estate.

He said some security men in plain clothes were later sighted heading towards the direction where the gunmen laid the siege. A similar incident took place in the same area where about 20 persons were abducted and taken into the bush. Some of them were held in captivity for days before regaining freedom after paying the ransom.