Nigeria: Cybercrime Law threatens Press freedom, Internet freedom

No one is safe from prosecution under Nigeria’s  laws criminalizing free speech, said YARPTI.  Nigerian  authorities  are  subjecting  bloggers,activists and journalists  to trials for exercising their right to freedom of speech.Nigerian authorities have used the accusation of cyber stalking to harass and press charges against online critics. Cyber stalking, which falls under Section 24 of the act, carries a fine […]

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NIGERIA: YARPTI CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF 2 JOURNALISTS

NIGERIA: YARPTI CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF 2  JOURNALISTS Nigerian government continues to send fear into the hearts of Nigerians. The government continue to wage vicious crackdown on free speech. The space for independent activism, critical journalism, and opposition political activity in Nigeria is extinguished .So many persons have been arrested in recent times to silence their voices using politically […]

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Nigeria: Imo Media Regulation Bill: Miivoc Plans 100,000 Man March In Owerri

A Civil Society organisation, Media Initiative against Injustice, Violence and Corruption-MIIVOC, says it plans a one hundred thousand man-march in Owerri, Imo State capital against the proposed bill to gag the media in the state by the State Assembly, describing it as anti-masses. MIIVOC Executive Director, Dr. Walter Duru disclosed this in a Statement issued in Owerri, Imo State Friday. […]

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Nigeria : DSS Arrest Yet Another Government Critic In Crackdown On Free Speech

The government of Nigeria continues to wage  vicious crackdown on critics and dissenting voices YARPTI  said in a press release today following  the arrest of a  former  Governorship Aspirant in Lagos State  Babatunde Gbadamosi  who is a critic of the Nigerian authorities. He recently made a video which went  viral detailing how the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was selling […]

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Nigeria: Xenophobia – South Africans Attack Nigerian Businesses

The Nigerian Community in South Africa have confirmed attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday. Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the attacks began at 4.00am. He said that the union had reported the incident to the Nigeria mission and South African […]

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Nigeria : students storm human rights commission over El-Zakzaky’s detention

On Thursday, February 16, some Nigerian students stormed the National Human Rights Commission in Kano state. The group protested the prolonged detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The group also protested the detention of some students who were arrested by security operatives and remanded in Kano Prison. YARPTI is […]

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YARPTI calls on the Nigerian government to obey Court order and free Sheikh Zakzaky.

YARPTI has gathered  that the leader of Shiite Muslim, Sheik Zakzaky might lose his sight soon and that  the Nigerian government has refused to let him have access to proper care YARPTI is calling on the Nigerian government  to release Sheik Zakzaky The government of Nigeria  must   obey Court order and free Sheikh Zakzaky. Recall that Ibrahim El-zakzaky and his wife […]

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Nigeria: Soldiers who maltreated crippled man in Onitsha demoted, imprisoned with hard labour

Two soldiers, caught on video assaulting a physically challenged man in Onitsha, Anambra State, have been demoted and imprisoned with hard labour. This was revealed in a statement released by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman on Friday. The two soldiers’ names were given as Corporal Bature Samuel and Corportal Abdulazeez Usman of 82 Provost Company. […]

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Nigeria: YARPTI condemns DSS invasion of CoreTV

The Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) condemns in strong terms the intimidation meted out on workers of CoreTV, a cable and satelite broadcaster in Abuja  while its premises was invaded by some Security men believed to be from the State Security Service on Friday and broadcasting and other related equipments were carted  away. Olajide Adediran, the […]

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Nigeria: Another court order for the release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife

The Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a warning to the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris; the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami and others to release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife. The court in its fresh order said the IGP, the AGF and others detaining El-zakzaky must release […]

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Nigeria: High Court ruling saves Mpape residents from mass demolitions

Following today’s Abuja High Court ruling on Mpape settlement, Abuja, Morayo Adebayo, Amnesty International Nigeria’s Researcher said: “The Abuja High Court judgement declaring the planned demolition of Mpape community illegal comes as a massive relief to its hundreds of thousands of residents. “The judgment which declared that Nigerian authorities have an obligation to refrain from forced evictions and make policies […]

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NIGERIA: harassing of Clergymen , Nigerian Government must learn to respect the rights of Nigerians and freedom of expression

Nigerian Government  must stop harassing Clergymen to avoid religious crisis in the country YAPTI has said. Ekiti State Governor  Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the early morning on Wednesday foiled an attempt by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries World wide in Ado Ekiti. The firebrand Pastor was alleged to have […]

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Nigeria: Satellite Imagery Shows Strikes on Settlement

Impartially Investigate Airstrikes, Compensate Victims Nigerian authorities should conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the January 17, 2017 airstrikes that hit a settlement for displaced people who had fled Boko Haram, killing at least 70 people, including nine aid workers, and wounding at least 120, Human Rights Watch said today. The government, which has stated that the Nigerian […]

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Nigeria: Comply with court order to release Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

The Nigerian authorities must immediately comply with a High Court order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention, said Amnesty International. El-Zakzaky, and his wife Malama Zeenah Ibraheem, have been in detention without charge for more than a year following a clash between his supporters and the Nigerian military […]

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Nigeria : Free Zakzaky protest hits Kaduna

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMS) popularly known as Shiites protested  against the continued detention of its leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife in Kaduna Both Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife have been detained have been detained by the Nigerian government for over a year and one month.. The protest is coming just has the group have dragged President […]

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Nigeria: Disturbing Intolerance of Dissent

Growing concerns about intolerance of dissent and a heavy-handed response to protests dominated Nigeria’s human rights landscape in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2017. Government rhetoric about security sector reform and improving accountability for rights abuses has yet to translate into concrete action. Women cook in pots heated up with firewood at an Internally […]

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Nigeria: Harassment of Civilians by Men of the Nigerian Army At Ebute Road , Ibafo, Ogun State

By Okoh Kingsley O okohkingsley95@gmail.com 08104976339 The Nigerian Armed Forces is saddled with a responsibility to maintain peace and order as well as secure lives and property and just as we applaud the heroics of the valiant and gallant men deployed in several parts of Northern and Southern Nigeria, we must not also turn blind eyes and keep our mouths […]

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Nigeria : Amnesty International warns FG over El-Zakzaky

Amnesty International has warned the Nigerian government to obey court order releasing Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) from detention. In a release by the group, the interim director, Makmid Kamara said that the 45-day deadline that the human rights body has given the government as elapsed without any proof that the government is ready […]

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Nigeria: Harsh Law’s Severe Impact on LGBT Community

Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 (SSMPA) has made a bad situation much worse for Nigeria’s beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The law has led to an increase in extortion and violence against LGBT people and imposed restrictions on nongovernmental organizations providing essential services to LGBT people […]

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