Alert: Planned Nationwide Military Operations by the Nigerian Army.

Date
Tuesday, 08 October, 2019

Duration of Operations
01 November – 23 December 2019

Where
Nationwide

What
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has confirmed that the Nigerian Army will soon relaunch military operations nationwide to tackle banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other security threats.
Buratai at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday, also disclosed that Operation Positive Identification, OPI, which is ongoing in the North East theatre of operation, will be extended to cover the entire nation.
According to the Army, OPI requires citizens to move about with legitimate means of identification such as National Identification Card, Voters Registration Card, Drivers’ License and International Passports or other valid official identification.
The COAS said the fresh national operations are exercise Ayem Akpatuma II in the North Central and parts of Western States of Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Taraba, Kaduna and Niger States in 1 and 3 Divisions, as well as in 1 and 3 Divisions, Headquarters Command Army Records, Guards Brigade and 707 Special Forces Brigade Area of Responsibility (AoR).
“Exercise Egwu Eke IV will be carried out in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria comprising Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo State in 82 Division AOR.
Exercise Crocodile Smile IV will be held across some states in the South-South and part of South Western States, including Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Lagos, Ogun and Rivers State in 2, 6, 81 and 82 Divisions’ AoR.
“The various exercises, which the Army will conduct in conjunction with other security agencies to boost synergy and inter-agency cooperation among the services and security agencies, will take place between November 1 and December 23, 2019”, he said.
On Operation Positive Identification, Buratai explained that it was to curtail the movement of bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic militia, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements to other relatively peaceful states to perpetrate their crimes.
“Operation Positive Identification will run concurrently with these other routine exercises during the period,” he added.

Impact
Expect an increase in deployment of security forces nationwide with potential for movement disruption.

Advisory

  1. Ensure that you carry your valid means of identification at all times.
  2. Comply with official directives issued by Security Forces.
  3. Give additional time for routine movement and travel between locations, and
  4. Maintain situational awareness.

Google is fined for collecting data on kids

2019-10-10

Google will pay $170m to settle allegations that its YouTube video service broke United States federal law by collecting personal information about children, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Wednesday.

YouTube had been accused of tracking viewers of childrens channels- by using cookies obtained without parental consent – to deliver millions of dollars in targeted advertisements to those viewers.

The settlement with the FTC and the New York State attorney generals office, which will receive $34m, is the largest since a law banning collecting information about children under age 13 came into effect in 1998. The law was revised in 2013 to include “cookies”, which are used to track internet viewing habits.

Democrats and childrens advocacy groups complained that the settlement terms arent strong enough. Googles parent, Alphabet Inc, generates most of its revenues from sales of ad space and ad technology, and in July reported total second-quarter revenue of $38.9bn.

YouTube said in a statement on Wednesday that in four months it would begin treating all data collected from people watching childrens content as if it came from a child. “This means that we will limit data collection and use on videos made for kids only to what is needed to support the operation of the service,” YouTube said on its blog.

In addition to the monetary fine, the proposed settlement requires the company to create a system for identifying content aimed at children and to notify channel owners about their obligations to get consent from parents before collecting information on children.

FTC Chairman Joe Simons noted at a news conference on Wednesday what he said were important changes to YouTube business practices. “No other company in America is subject to these types of requirements, and they will impose significant costs on YouTube,” he told reporters.

FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Andrew Smith told reporters that the $170m settlement was based on revenues from data collected. “It happens that $170m is roughly the budget of the Bureau of Consumer Protection for one year,” he added.

Once the settlement takes effect, the FTC plans to “conduct a sweep of the YouTube platform to determine whether there remains child-directed content” in which personal information is being collected, Smith said.

The FTC could take actions against individual content creators or channel owners as a result.

In late August, YouTube announced it would launch YouTube Kids with separate niches for children, depending on their ages and designed to exclude disturbing videos. It has no behavioural advertising.

YouTube allows companies to create channels, which include advertisements that create revenue for both the company and YouTube.

In its complaint, the government said that YouTube touted its popularity with children in marketing itself to companies such as toy manufacturers Mattel and Hasbro. It told Mattel that “YouTube is todays leader in reaching children age 6-11 against top TV channels”, according to the complaint.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James said the companies “abused their power”.

“Google and YouTube knowingly and illegally monitored, tracked and served targeted ads to young children just to keep advertising dollars rolling in,” said James.

The two Democrats on the FTC, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Rohit Chopra, dissented from the settlement. Slaughter, who called the violations “widespread and brazen”, said the settlement fails to require YouTube to police channels that provide childrens content but do not designate it as such, thus allowing more lucrative behavioural advertising, which relies on tracking viewers through cookies.

Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal, both Democrats active in online privacy matters, criticised the settlement in separate statements.

“A financial settlement is no substitute for strict reforms that will stop Google and other tech companies from invading our privacy,” Blumenthal said. “I continue to be alarmed by Big Techs policies and practices that invade childrens lives

You Can Succeed Without A Record Label – Don Jazzy Advises Upcoming Artistes

October 10, 2019

Mavin record is a label owned and founded by don jazzy and definitely a dream label for all upcoming artistes.

Recently Don Jazzy himself said the record label is occupied and that there is no vacant position left for new artistes to be signed yet.

Recently, a fan reached out to the mavin manager for help. He told Don Jazzy to sign him into his record label and also went ahead saying he won’t be collecting any percentage from the contracts if he is eventually signed to the Record Label.

Surprisingly, Don Jazzy replied him he doesn’t have any vacancy in his record label and that the boy shouldn’t send Any such message in that manner to any other record label owner.

He went on saying that the labels will take advantage of him and he made him know that he doesn’t need a record label deal to be successful in the industry.

Lagos House Of Assembly Threatens To Order Ambode’s Arrest

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The Lagos state house of assembly on Thursday threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of the state, and four ex-commissioners.

This decision followed two preliminary reports presented by two committees set up to investigate the 820 buses purchased by the administration of Ambode.

The former commissioners threatened with arrest warrant are Kazeem Adeniji (justice), Olusegun Banjo (budget), Akinyemi Ashade (finance) and Wale Oluwo (energy and mineral resources).

Presenting the preliminary report of a 9-man ad-hoc committee to probe buses purchased by the former governor, Fatai Mojeed, chairman of the committee, said it was discovered that due process was not followed in the purchase of the buses.

Mojeed added that the former governor used the refund of the Paris Club for the purchase of the buses without the approval of the house.

“He did not inform the House before commencing the purchase of the buses. Over N48 billion was spent for the purchase of the busses and N22 Billion were spent on import duties. 520 of the buses are still at the seaport,” Mojeed said.

He said the accountant-general of the state told the committee that she depended on the approval Ambode for the purchase of the buses and that no payment voucher was made available to the committee.

The lawmaker added that they also demanded to have the budget instrument used for the purchase, but that there was no budgetary provision.

“They could not produce any newspaper where the purchase of the buses were advertised. The committee invited 20 stakeholders, 16 of them complied, while four of them refused against the constitutional provision,” he added.

On his part, Gbolahan Yishawu, chairman adhoc on mid-year budget review, alleged that the four commissioners were invited by his committee but refused to appear without giving any excuses for their absence.

Yishawu also claimed that the former governor gave some directives on spending without the approval of the lawmakers.

While reacting to the matter, some members of the house suggested that since the ex-governor and those officials who worked with him had been invited by the two committees and refused to show up, warrant of arrest should be issued on them.

Bisi Yusuf, member representing Alimosho constituency 1, told his colleagues that the house is empowered by the constitution to issue a warrant of arrest on the concerned individuals for their refusal to appear before the committees.

While expressing a contrary view, member representing Badagry constituency 1, Ibrahim Layode urged his colleagues to tread with caution.

He advised that the individuals should be invited through newspaper advertisement, stating that the ex-offcials are likely to come across the publications.

Mudashiru Obasa, speaker of the house, said the issue was beyond issue of arrest warrant, “because when this house invite people and they refused to show up, it’s like setting a bad precedence for others coming behind.

“The clerk should write them including the ex-governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and if they refused, we will do newspaper publications and after that we will issue a warrant of arrest.”

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MEXICAN MAYOR TIED TO A TRUCK, DRAGGED THROUGH STREETS FOR FAILING TO KEEP HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISES

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A Mexican mayor has been dealt with by some protesters for not keeping his promises.

Report has it that mayor of Las Margaritas in Mexico, Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández, was attacked by some villagers for failing to fulfil his campaign promise of repairing a local road.

The protesters dragged the mayor out of his office, tied him to a pick-up truck and dragged him through the streets of Santa Rita, a town in Las Margaritas.

Mr Escandón has promised to press charges for the abduction and attempted murder.

No fewer than 11 persons have been arrested as confirmed by Tabasco Al Minuto.

Funmi Iyanda premieres debut movie, Walking with Shadows, at BFI London Film Festival

 Oct 10, 2019

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Veteran broadcaster, Funmi Iyanda, has begun the premiere of her debut movie, Walking with Shadows, at the BFI London Film Festival.

The movie produced by her production company, OYA Media, in collaboration with The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), began premiering on Wednesday and will continue on Thursday.

Directed by British filmmaker, Aoife O’Kelly, Walking with Shadows, stars Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Ozzy Agu, Zainab Balogun and Funsho Adeolu among others.

The movie is a screen adaptation of a Jude Dibia novel published in 2005.

It follows Adrian Ebele Njoko, a married executive whose sexuality is exposed by a disgruntled colleague causing an impact on his family.  

Speaking about the premiere, Funmi Iyanda said: “Through the unique way the plot unfolds, the film fully explores many pressing societal issues and promotes the importance of self-discovery and acceptance in a cultural society.

“It is an honor to premiere this movie at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. We are definitely thrilled by the opportunity to share this with the international community and hope they are inspired by it as much as we are.”

The movie will premiere in Nigeria on a date to be announced.

BFI London Film Festival was founded in 1953 and holds in the United Kingdom annually with cooperation from the British Film Institute.

Nigerian Breweries and Access Bank Announces ‘Access The Stars’

By Chris Adelugba

In a move that signals the biggest partnership in Nigerian music, Nigerian Breweries (through Star Lager Beer) and Access Bank have announced ‘Access The Stars’, a groundbreaking collaborative music platform to discover, groom and amplify the next generation of Nigerian talents.
Access The Stars is a new platform created for exceptional and aspirational Nigerians in the music industry to be discovered, refined, and empowered to reach higher heights by accessing their star potential. Successful artists will get to tour with the best of Nigerian artists on ‘The Trek’ across the country, giving the grassroots access to the stars to learn one-on-one.
This move explores the intersection between business and a shared love for the rich entertainment culture of Nigeria. Over the years, Access Bank and Nigerian Breweries have built consumer-focused music assets like Star Mega Jam, Star Music – The Trek, Star Quest and BAFest. With Access The Stars, Nigerian Breweries and Access Bank are together, consolidating the trajectory of “Discovering, Refining and Showcasing” the best of Nigeria’s musical talents. 
Commenting on the new initiative, Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank MD/CEO stated that Access The Stars is borne out of the desire of both brands to continue to connect with people through the one platform they both have in common which is music. “Both our brands share a long history of creating excellent musical experiences for not just our customers, but the wider Nigerian audience, and this is us expanding on that,” he said.

Discovered talents will tour on ‘The Trek’, alongside a roster of stars that include; Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Flavour, Phyno, Olamide, Kcee, among others.
Hosting Access The Stars will be music superstar Dare Art Alade, with television host and radio personality, Olive Emodi as co-host. Choreographer and CEO Imagneto Dance Company, Kaffy, Nigerian Music Producer, Tee-Y Mix and Nigerian Music Star, Seyi Shay will judge the talents to be found across Nigeria.
Speaking on the new partnership, Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc., Jordi Burrut Bel says:“Access Bank and Nigerian Breweries have the shared interest of serving Nigerian customers, and through this partnership, we are harnessing our collective strengths to shape an exciting future. Via this collaboration, we will give hidden gems access to shine by discovering, polishing and showcasing them to Nigerians, Africans and the world.”

Access Bank today is the largest bank in Nigeria and Africa’s leading bank by customer base. It is a full-service commercial bank operating through a network of more than 600 branches and 29 million customers.
Nigerian Breweries Plc, is the pioneer and largest brewing company in Nigeria. It serves the Nigerian market spanning 800,000 retail outlets with a consumer base of over 45 million Nigerians. 

10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2019, 22Years After His Death

  1. Original Sufferhead (1981)

This song describes the problems and sufferings that abound in Africa as a continent, despite its rich resources. He condemns the ‘big big man’ and ‘white man’ for taking up everything and leaving nothing but suffer and anguish for the average African man.

This song, released over 21years ago sadly still applies greatly. The economic disparity between Africa and other continents is displayed in the fact that basic resources like food, water, electricity and the likes are still unavailable to a large number of people living in this part of the world. Such disparities are even found within countries, where we have the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

  1. Suffering and Smiling (1977)

Fela describes the life of the average Nigerian who is constantly suffering, but smiling through the pain, believing in the rewards that await them in the afterlife due to the teachings of religious leaders, who themselves live the most lavish lives, enjoying the so-called earthly pleasures. He warns people to open their eyes to this injustice and stop being blind followers of religion.

Things haven’t changed much today, as people still blindly follow religion (and religious leaders), without necessarily understanding its true meaning.

  1. International Thief Thief (I.T T.) (1980)

Fela uses the abbreviation of International Telephone & Telegraph (IT&T) to directly attack the company’s CEO, Moshood Abiola, and other politicians like Obasanjo who continuously betray the continent and their fellow Africans in their bid to get rich off the white man’s wealth.

This song is relevant in today’s world as seen in the violence that goes on in the Niger Delta as a result of the insufficient resources and recognition that the region is given despite being the major supplier of oil and the bulk of the county’s wealth.
Politicians are still looting, extorting and selling out their people in their bid to get richer.

  1. Authority Stealing (1980)

This song, like may others, talks about how the government steals and loots the country’s resources on a daily and goes unpunished, while the petty thief gets killed and burned on a daily basis. For him, the people in authority are just civilized thieves who get away with their crimes because of their position.

Our government still steals from us and feeds us lies and we let them get away with it. The petty thief gets thrown in jail while the political robbers remain scot free and given liberty to continue looting.

  1. Coffin for Head of State (1981)

This song also condemns politicians. Here, he speaks about the corruption that abounds in religion, especially by hypocritical leaders like Obasanjo and Yar’adua. These leaders were the most corrupt people in the world, killing and stealing from innocent people, yet they openly condemn such activities and hide behind Christianity and Islam.

Today, we still see a great deal of corruption and hypocrisy in the guise of leadership and religion. Our leaders are still stealing from us, but yet are the quickest to attend church programs and quote bible verses.

  1. Beasts Of No Nation (1989)

This song talks about the many unusual happenings in the country and how the citizens all behave like crazy people. It touches political, economic, social matters and talks about the silence of the Nigeria people against government oppression and brutality while speaking up against apathy in foreign nations like South Africa. According to him, these could only happen in a crazy world.

This song remains relevant today as the same hypocrisy and silence in the face of government injustice is still the order of the day in our beloved country and continent as a whole.

  1. Yellow Fever (1971)

In this song, Fela warns about the dangers of skin bleaching that was becoming a trend for women. He lists the many unappealing aspects of bleaching and tells women that they were better off leaving their skin in its natural form.

Today, bleaching has become even more rampant than in the times of Fela. According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria has the highest number of women in the world who use skin-lightening products.

  1. Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (1980)

This song highlights the fact that the white man seems to be living our lives for us, while they make their own decisions based on their culture and tradition. The white man, instead of condemning the bad leadership that goes on here, overlooks them while doing the exact opposite in their own countries.
He condemns the so-called democracy and begs Africans to open their eyes and realize that they are being misled and stolen from.

Today, instead of drawing away from the chains of colonialism, we still rely on foreign countries to help us make some of our major decisions and try to imitate every aspect of their lives, forgetting our cultures and traditions in the process.

  1. Colonial Mentality (1977)

He speaks about the fact that Africans have colonial mentality and still live in the past despite having gained independence. They embrace everything foreign and believe theirs to be inferior, from basic things like food and clothes down to their names and religious practices.

This song is still very relevant today, as Africans in general would rather purchase foreign made products and would use foreign names instead of their traditional ones.Even Presidents go for treatment in foreign countries instead of developing their own health care system .

  1. Confusion Break Bone (1990)

This song talks about the confusion that abides in the country and the lack or proper organisation. His tone here sounds sadder and more resigned to the fact that things might never get better for the country. He highlights all the problems he had mentioned in his earlier songs and says that nothing has changed and wonders at the insanity of things.

Nothing has changed today. The country is still in a permanent state of disorderliness and disunity. The government still gets away with being corrupt and unjust, and the innocent man still gets punished for crimes committed.

BLOODY DAY IN NIGERIA!

A Nigerian soldier took to Instagram to share a video from an encounter with Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state where he was deployed to. 

The soldier revealed that they lost their commander and some soldiers during the recent fight with the insurgents. He further disclosed that the counter-combat against the Boko Haram insurgents started off by 5:15pm on October 8, but ended by 11pm as they kept coming out from “nowhere”. 

@Ijoba201425 wrote “October 8 this same time I am making this post was when we where attacked by BHT, I am writing this with tears in my eyes, what we thought was not what we expected but I thank God am alive to be a living testimony. May the souls of the fallen soldiers Rest In Peace, my commander, science student, PTe monday, PTe Akanbi, MST warriors and special forces warriors that died that day may their soul Rest In Peace.

All what I can say is thank you Lord what a bloody day. Keep praying for every soldier out there we made a lot of sacrifice we believe it is only God that can reward us. A fight that started 5:15pm till 11pm they keep coming like water, chaii make I no post much sha. On God”

9 Social Media Best Practices to Help You Write Better Content

  • Don’t cut characters If you’re writing for social media, the temptation is to cut out characters to shorten your post.
    It’s likely that you’ve seen and even used some of the most popular internet acronyms.
  • You Grammar really does have to be impeccable.. Make grammar your priority… Excellent grammar is a priority* whatever you’re writing online, and that includes your social media posts.
  • Be positive
    This doesn’t mean every post needs to be happy – there’s a huge difference between positive and happy. You want your fans/followers to be excited, and inspired by your posts, and that doesn’t always mean happy posts.

In some of your posts, you may choose to share your opinion or take a stand on something important to you and your music. But there’s a difference between taking a stand and attacking or criticizing other artistes.Keep it short and simple
People value their time. If you want your fans/Followers to give you their attention, you need to show that you value their time also.
Great ways to do this include:
Making your content and posts easy to read by writing at an eighth-grade reading level
Using headings, bullets and lists where possible to make your content or posts easier to scan
Keeping paragraphs to only two or three sentences
Being as succinct as possible when writing on your topic

Use hashtags relating to your posts

Use images and videos
Use images, graphics and videos to tell a story where possible. Visual content is more engaging, and can often tell the story quicker and more succinctly than words alone. In fact, an image or video can often stand alone in social media posts while still conveying the full message to your audience.

Add a call to action
At the end of your content or social posts, consider prompting your audience with what you action you’d like them to take next by including a call to action (CTA). Without one, most people won’t take any action after reading your content, even if they enjoyed it and derived value from it.

Speak their language
Take your research further and learn what language your ideal clients use to communicate their needs or challenges. Use this language when writing your posts to ensure your content resonates with your fans/followers. This will help to show them that you truly understand them and their challenges.

Do your research
If you want your fans to notice and engage with your social posts, you need to make them highly relevant to your target group. Occasional Give away is a good idea for engagement
If you update your page with a well written Content, you will surely have followership

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