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Media Chiefs Dare NBC Over Directive To Stop Revealing Details Of Terrorist Attacks

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Media Chiefs Dare NBC Over Directive To Stop Revealing Details Of Terrorist Attacks

Media chiefs in the country have said they won’t be deterred by the directive of the Federal Government that the media should not divulge “details” of the activities of bandits, terrorists and kidnappers in their reports.

The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mustapha Isah; the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chris Isiguzo; and the Executive Director, Centre for Media Law and Advocacy (CMLA), Richard Akinnola; made this known in separate interviews.

According to them, the media reports activities and does not create events.

They advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led cabinet to tackle the security challenges in the country and desist from its attempts to gag the media through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

The media veterans were reacting to a directive by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) that television and radio stations in Nigeria should not “glamourise the nefarious activities of insurgents” during their daily newspaper reviews.

Broadcast stations in Nigeria review newspaper headlines daily before their breakfast shows.

But the NBC, in a letter dated July 7, 2021, issued to television and radio stations, stressed the need for “caution” by broadcasters while reporting security challenges in the country.

The letter titled, ‘Newspaper Reviews And Current Affairs Programmes: A Need For Caution’, was signed by the Director, Broadcast Monitoring, Francisca Aiyetan, on behalf of the new Director-General of the Commission, Balarabe Ilelah.

A copy of the letter, partly reads, “Headlines of most newspapers on a daily basis are replete with security topics. While bringing information on security to the doorsteps of Nigerians is a necessity, there is a need for caution as too many details may have an adverse implication on the efforts of our security officials who are duty-bound to deal with the insurgency.

“The commission, therefore, enjoins broadcasters to collaborate with the government in dealing with the security challenges by;

“Not glamourising the nefarious activities of insurgents, terrorists, kidnappers, bandits etc.

“Advising guests and/or analysts on programmes not to polarise the citizenry with divisive rhetoric, in driving home their point.

“Not giving details of either the security issues or victims of these security challenges so as not to jeopardise the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers and other security agents.”

Meanwhile, Global Conflict Tracker had reported that insurgents have killed nearly 350,000 innocent women, children and farmers in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, amongst other volatile places, since 2009.

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Hushpuppi: Fani-Kayode Throws Weight Behind Abba Kyari

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Hushpuppi: Fani-Kayode Throws Weight Behind Abba Kyari

Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has thrown his weight behind Abba Kyari, a Police Commissioner, whom infamous cybercriminal Hushpuppi, alleged that he paid bribes to, from the proceeds of a $1.1 million scam deal.

Reacting to the allegation, Fani-Kayode said that there is a deep conspiracy against Kyari, describing the allegations as crazy.

The former minister’s statement read: “A super cop that has risked his life protecting us from kidnappers, murderers & terrorists all these years& that has arrested more criminals than any other is accused of taking bribes from a yahoo boy & scammer all the way from America & we are expected to believe it? Not me!

“Abba is one of the bravest, brightest and best cops in Nigeria and I will not believe these crazy allegations levelled against him or condemn him unless I see any evidence to the contrary.

“He has proved himself over and over again when it comes to catching criminals and I do not believe that he is one himself. If he were he would not have such an excellent record in combating crime.

“Nigerians seem to take delight in believing and assuming the worse about their best. That is part of our problem: we love and celebrate the evil but we despise, hate and seek to pull down the righteous and good. As far as I am concerned there are as many crooked, bent & killer cops all over the world as there are good ones & America has its fair share of both. The only people that ought to take pleasure in reading this crap about Abba are the kidnappers and terrorists in our country.

“Allegations are a dime a dozen and an indictment does not amount to a conviction: show me the evidence or keep your mouth shut forever. I urge Abba to continue the good work he has been doing and not allow himself to be distracted by his numerous detractors.

“This is a deep conspiracy to destroy his career and it will not work.”

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REVEALED: Why Hushpuppi’s Wire Fraud, Other Charges May Be Dismissed

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REVEALED: Why Hushpuppi's Wire Fraud, Other Charges May Be Dismissed

Some charges levelled against infamous cybercriminal, Hushpuppi, may be dismissed. This is according to the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for Central District of California, who made this known in a mail chat with Newsrand.

The charges, which are likely to be dropped, are -wire fraud, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud.

Newsrand understands that federal authorities in the United States, have been probing Hushpuppi since his arrest last year (2020).

Arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE), and subsequently extradited to the United States (U.S.), where most of the victims of his alleged fraudulent activities are based, Hushpuppi has spent the last one year in custody maintaining his innocence.

However, Hushpuppi is now exploring a plea bargain agreement with the U.S. government in the hope of getting a lighter punishment.

When asked on what ground would the charges be dismissed, the USAO explained that if only the fraud suspect abides by his plea agreement.

Published court documents revealed that Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to this crime on April 20, 2021, and according to his plea agreement with the USAO, prosecutors have “agreed to not further criminally prosecute defendant for conspiracy to engage in money laundering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud, wire fraud; bank fraud, money laundering; engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity); aggravated identity theft.”

Spokesperson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, Thom Mrozek, however, explained that “those charges are technically still pending.”

“If Abbas abides by the terms of his plea agreement, we have agreed to dismiss those additional charges that are contained in the information when the case concludes, which would be after his sentencing,” he clarified.

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Police To Probe Kyari As FBI Seeks Cop’s Arrest

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Police To Probe Kyari As US Court Issues Arrest Warrant

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), on Wednesday, July 29, 2021, set up an inhouse panel to investigate Abba Kyari, one of its most decorated officers, whom Hushpuppi alleged took a bribe from him.

Newsrand reported that Hushpuppi, an Instagram celebrity, who has been under probe in the United States (U.S.) since last year (2020), for cybercrime offenses, confessed to bribing Kyari following the conclusion of a $1.1 million scam deal.

Hushpuppi disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribes to Kyari.

Although, Kyari has denied the allegation, the police force, according to sources, is probing the matter.

A senior officer who spoke on a condition of anonymity said the police hierarchy would first take an “in-house action” before any extradition process can be discussed.

“The police headquarters will set up a high-powered panel to probe the allegations against him before we decide on what to do next,” the officer was quoted as saying.

Arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE), and subsequently extradited to the United States (U.S.), where most of the victims of his alleged fraudulent activities are based, Hushpuppi has spent the last one year in custody maintaining his innocence.

Meanwhile, following an arrest warrant issued by a U.S. court against Kyari, the FBI has contacted Nigeria police, but there is yet no official confirmation and the details are still sketchy.

An international warrant of arrest can be executed through INTERPOL, but there still has to be a judicial pronouncement before Nigeria can hand over Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police, to the FBI for trial in the US.

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