N30bn suit: Court grants ARCON power to summon Meta

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria, leave to serve writ of summons on Meta platform, the social media giant and owner of Facebook.

The court gave the nod pursuant to an application by ARCON in a pending N30 billion suit against the social media giant for violation of the extant advertising laws of Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the writ is to be served at the United States corporate headquarters of Meta which also owns Instagram,  Messenger and WhatsApp social media platforms.

While Meta is the first defendant in the suit, AT3 Resources Limited is the second defendant.

ARCON is seeking a declaration that the publication of various advertisements and marketing communications materials targeted at Nigeria through Meta’s platforms without prior vetting and approval by the Advertising Standards Panel is illegal.

The regulatory body also claimed that the act disregarded Nigerian culture,  constitutional tenets, moral values and religious sensitivity of citizens.

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ARCON is, therefore, seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their privies, agents, servants and associates from publishing any advertising or marketing communications materials without recourse to ARCON in line with the country’s advertising law.

It is also seeking N30 billion in fines and sanctions for the continued violations and infractions of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria Act No. 23 of 2022.

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No Alaafin appointed yet – Oyo

The Oyo State Government, on Wednesday, debunked the claim that an Alaafin-elect had emerged one year after the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.

The state Commissioner for Information, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, made the clarification in an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday.

He dismissed the rumoured emergence of Lukman Gbadegesin as the Alaafin-elect, saying the state government had yet to approve any candidate.

The commissioner explained that the government was bent on ensuring that due process was followed in the race for a new Alaafin of Oyo, adding that the public would be notified once the rightful candidate emerges.

Olatunbosun said, “Due process must be followed; up until now, no name has been approved. The state governor, Seyi Makinde, has asked that they should go back and follow due process. Once that is done, the public will be briefed appropriately.”

Some online reports (not by The PUNCH) had hinted that the state government was set to announce Gbadegesin as the Alaafin-elect to ascend the highly revered throne.

The last Alaafin died on April 22, 2022, at the age of 83, after reigning for 52 years.

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One year after, the stool has remained vacant, with people expressing concerns over the delay in the appointment of a new Alaafin.

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Dino Melaye wins Kogi PDP governorship primary

Dino Melaye has emerged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the November 11 governorship election in Kogi State.

Melaye defeated other aspirants in the keenly contested primary election.

he former lawmaker will be up against Usman Ododo, the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the election.

How I was deported from Dubai over my dressing – Bobrisky

Popular Nigerian cross-dresser, Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, better known as Bobrisky, has recounted how he was deported from the United Arab Emirates the last time he visited the Islamic country.

Bobrisky disclosed that on arriving at the airport in Dubai, he was sent back to Nigeria because of the country’s Islamic laws which prohibit cross-dressing.

He said he has been to Dubai several times but was deported that fateful day because it was on a jumʿah day.

The cross-dresser was featured on the recent episode of the TokeMoments audiovisual podcast hosted by Toke Makinwa.

He said, “The last time I went to Dubai, I was sent back to Nigeria. I have been to there so many times. But that one was their prayer, I think one of their special days. It happened to be on Friday, they go to the mosque. They are holy so extra on that day. When I got there, the camera did not accept my face. You know me na, I was on makeup, I want to brag first class, I want to talk ‘oh! guys, I’ve been to Dubai. Your mummy is in first class’.

“So, I got to the Immigration where you are going to do everything. They saw my passport, they looked at my face. They said ‘face camera’. And I faced the camera. It rejected my face several times. They [Immigrantion officers] said ‘are you sure you’re the same person?’ And I said ‘yes’.
The man looked at me, he said ‘Idris, you are a Muslim?’. I said ‘yes’. He looked at my passport. He was confused.

“So, we went to one of their private offices. And they said ‘are you trans or..’ I said ‘ well, I used to be a guy’. And they said ‘oh! on a normal day if it is not Friday’ they would have just allowed me in. But because it was Friday, jumʿah day, they said ‘no, they can’t allow me in’,” he recalled.

Defence College provost, Adam Ahmed, backs call for drug test on public office holders

Prof. Adam Ahmed, the Provost of National Defence College, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, has backed the call for drug test for all public office holders in the country.

Ahmed made his position known while answering questions from newsmen at the 6th Annual Ramadan lecture series and prayer for the nation, organised by the Ashraaf Islamic Foundation, on Saturday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the lecture was: ‘Drug Abuse, Criminality and Insecurity in Nigeria: Toward a Collective Solution’.

He said: “Some political appointees and elected persons when they behave you will know clearly that they are high on drugs.

” And the same thing some technocrats and some security personnel, so it is widespread.”

Ahmed, who was the Chairman of the occasion said in Malaysia, Philippines and some South American countries politicians were tested before they were given power.

He added: “Not just that every person that is holding power including the military, security people are tested before they are given a very serious responsibility.

“Because, leaders have a way of influencing followers, if they are known to misuse drugs, the tendency is that those that are behind them will also be involved.

” So, that is why I believe strongly that no one should be given any serious responsibility until the person is tested for drugs.”

Ahmed called on those that were responsible for drug legislation and administration of anti drug use to be more proactive in tackling the incidences of drug abuse in the country.

He also emphasised the need for the government to identify various groups like the ashraaf islamic foundation to spearhead the campaign against drug abuse in the country.

Ahmed said: “Drug abuse in Nigeria and misuse of drug by the people are worst than any kind of crime that we think.

“Because the bulk of the crime that is committed in this country can be traced to drug abuse or misuse of drug, be it political, criminal, security even at home, social, economic, all can be linked to drug abuse.

” I think in the beginning, we never took the fight against drug abuse serious in this country.

“Yes, during the military, there were draconian laws which fortunately some people hade ven called such laws should be returned where drug pushers were killed.

” But then after that, we went through a period where everything goes as far as drug is concerned in this country.”

According to him, the manace has almost engulfed all sectors, adding, “including all functionality of the society. So, it is a really sad situation”.

He, however, commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other relevant agencies for their efforts in curtailing the menace of drug abuse in the country.

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Earlier, the founder of the foundation, Imam Sharafudeen Aliagan, said the objective of the event was to find a lasting solution to the rampant effects of drug abuse in the society.

He said: ” We have a lot of professionals, we have lots of academicians and many people who really know what is going on in the.sociery.

“We put heads together having discovered what the menace of drug abuse is and its rampant in the society.

”Drug abuse, criminality, insecurity we know that is exactly what is affecting us in the country, as we speak that is our major problem.

“So, we feel that current affair is very important that we discuss all our programmes.

” And when we discussed this and we are able to bring out the report to the government and the generality of Nigerians, there will be some high level of solutions to this menace.”

“Because, those who are into kidnapping, insurgency and rubbery must have taken one of these intoxicants which help them to perpetrated their evil acts.”

According to Aliagan, the foundation invited Muslim and non Muslim professionals and academicians to brainstorm to find a lasting solution to the menace.

He said: “Because, those who are into kidnapping, insurgency and rubbery must have taken one of these intoxicants which help them to perpetrated their evil acts.”

Also, Mrs Amina Bukola, the women leader of the Nasrul-Lahi-il Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), described the theme of the lecture as very topical and timely.

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Road Safety recovers over N5m, 10 phones from Zaria accident scene

The Federal Road Safety Corps recovered N5,020,660 and 10 cell phones from victims of an accident that occurred on the Kaduna-Zaria road.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, in Abuja.

The Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, however, said that no lives were lost, Punch reported.

Biu said that the accident which occurred around 1.03 pm on Monday, involved one Toyota Hiace white bus with registration number KTG13XG.

The FRSC boss said that the cause of the accident was a tyre burst adding that the lone crash which was serious and not fatal, was with some occupants having fractures, cuts and bruises.

He said out of the 11 people in the accident, eight were injured and three survived without injuries.

“The N5,020,660, 10 phones and other luggage shall be presented to the family soonest.

“The N5,020,660, 10 phones and other luggage shall be presented to the family soonest.

“The injured victims have been taken to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika for medical treatment.

“The palm oil and others were handed over to the chairman of the palm oil sellers union.

“The vehicle was towed to base while the recovered money was handed over to the duty room and obstruction was cleared successfully,” he said.

The corps marshal commended the Zaria Unit command patrol teams for their commitment to ensuring the safety of the people and for their honesty in recovering such a huge amount of money.

He also expressed his gratitude to operatives for their resilience, professionalism and excellent synergy with other security agencies in their areas of responsibility.

He urged them and their peers across the country to maintain the current momentum charging them and their colleagues across the country to continue to raise the bar in their daily attainments.

UCL: I am having sleepless nights ahead of Bayern, Man City match – Thomas Tuchel

Bayern Munich manager, Thomas Tuchel has said he has been having sleepless nights ahead of tonight’s Champions League match.

Bayern will be facing Man City tonight in the first leg of the semi-finals.

The former Chelsea coach disclosed this in a chat with TribalFootball.

Tuchel took over from Julian Nagelsmann at the Bundesliga champions last month.

He said, “The best preparation is sleep but sometimes it is hard to get that sleep when you’re thinking about things.

“This morning I woke up really early and I just decided to go to the training ground because I couldn’t get back to sleep,” Tuchel said.

The former Chelsea boss also added that he cannot rely on his experience from previous games against Pep Guardiola.

“It’s unique what Pep does. We’ll try to find solutions but we’ll need a complete performance to create problems for City.”

Tension as pressure mounts on APC to throw Speakership race open

Tension looms among members of the House of Representatives over seemingly pressure on the leadership of the party to throw election of the Speakership position open. 

At the last count, about nine members of the House, cutting across four geo-political zones, have directly or indirectly indicated interest in the position, The Nation reports.

They are Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase (Plateau-North Central); Chairman of the House Committee on Navy, Yusuf Adamu Gagdi (Plateau-North Central); Chairman House Committee on Disaster Preparedness, Abdulraheem Olawuyi (Kwara-North Central) and Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Aliyu Mukthar Betara (Borno, North East).

Others are Chairman of the House Committee on n Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu (Abia-South East); Chairman, House Committee on Land Transport, Tajudeen Abbas (Kaduna, North West); Chairman, House Committee on Water Resources, Sada Soli (Katsina-North West); Abubakar Makki Yalleman (Jigawa-North West) and Usman Sani Jaji (Zamfara, North West).

A member-elect from the South West told The Nation that there was pressure on the party leadership to throw the contest open by those he said have deep pocket.

He said: “I can tell you that there is pressure to throw the Speakership race open. If that is done, those with deep pocket will use their money influence to pick the Speakership position.

“But right now, nobody knows what the kind of the party is. They appear to be waiting for the return of the President Elect before announcing the zoning formula for the principal officers of the National Assembly.

So far, there has been no serious contender for the position from the South West because the President and the Speaker cannot come from the same area for the sake of equity and justice.

“But for now, the odd favours either the North Central or the North West in the zoning formula. But don’t forget that the North West is also interested in the position of the Senate President, just like the South East.

“So far, there has been no serious contender for the position from the South West because the President and the Speaker cannot come from the same area for the sake of equity and justice.

“Also, we are aware that Betara who is from the North East and the same state with the Vice President Elect is also interested in the position. But his supporters are of the view that if Osinbajo and Gbajabiamila can come from the same zone, there is no reason why Betara cannot be Speaker”

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According to The Nation, it was also gathered the party is working hard to avoid a repeat of the 2015 episode when Yakubu Dogara emerged Speaker against the choice of Gbajabiamila preferred by the party.

Already, the opposition parties in the House are said to be waiting for a slip by the party to grab one of the presiding officer position in the House by teaming up with one of the candidates interested in the job.

Pending the outcome of the supplementary election scheduled for this weekend, the opposition parties have higher number of members in the House than the APC with 163 members as against APC’s 161 members elect so far.

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