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Last weekend, a message was making the rounds on social media, detailing the period the United Nations needs, before it allegedly intervenes in a country where protests have been going on.

The post stated that the United Nations needs a 30-day period before it can intervene.

It presumably started with a tweet by popular influencer, Harvey Funmilayo, a United Kingdom-based Nigerian doctor.

I just heard according to UN Constitution any protest that reaches 30days will make UN intervene in that country. The Nigeria govt knows this. Many young people don’t know it. EXCEPT the govt makes visible tangible immediate changes, #EndSARS protests MUST GO ON. Tell others,” Funmilayo tweeted.

Although, Funmilayo deleted the tweet later, claiming that he saw the information in a now deleted tweet by Falz, a Nigerian music artiste, and one of the major voices leading the protest.

Funmilayo claimed to have seen the information on Falz’s page, but wasn’t sure anymore, since the tweet was deleted by the singer.

I will send you the actual source. It’s not Falz or me. I don’t want to post it here before it starts getting retweets again.” He tweeted

However, Funmilayo has over 200,000 followers on Twitter and consequently, the information spread like wild fire.

Falz also who is a leading figure in the protest, has more than 1.7 million Twitter followers.

The post was shared by many social media users, who advocated for widespread participation in the ongoing #EndSARS protest.

THE #ENDSARS PROTEST SAGA

Following the recent public outcry against SARS, Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), disbanded SARS and President Muhammadu Buhari said the dissolution of SARS was a first step in improving the operations of the police.

However, the protesters refused to leave the streets, saying more concrete steps must be taken in reforming the police.

The major force behind the protest has been the social media, as coordination and dissemination of information are done there, but are all the information on the protest correct?

VERIFICATION

First of all, the UN has no “constitution”, but a charter.

Under article 2 (7) of the purposes and principles of the organisation, as contained in the charter, the UN would not intervene in matters of domestic jurisdiction of any country.

Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter Vll,” the document reads.

The UN would only intervene in matters related to the maintenance of international peace and security, and these are being dealt with by the organisation’s security council.

Despite that the UK-based medical doctor has deleted the tweet, the post is still going round across many platforms, and consequently, many people still hold that belief.

VERDICT

Therefore, the claims which circulated that the UN will intervene in Nigeria or any country where a protest extends for a 30-day period is FALSE.

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Nollywood actor turned politician, Yul Edochie, has called for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over bad governance.

According to the Biafra agitator, Buhari was very vocal during the previous administration and had severally challenged the then president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to resign of his position on the basis of poor performance.

Edochie noted that Nigerians had put their hope in Buhari for better governance but he failed woefully.

The actor in a post on his verified Twitter account on Monday, October 19, urged President Buhari to resign of his position. He tweeted; “President Buhari was very vocal during the previous Govt.

He called for Goodluck’s resignation on the basis of poor performance.”

“Today Buhari’s performance is worse than that of Jonathan. We put our hopes in him & he failed us.

“I call for Buhari’s resignation.”

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Controversies have continued to trail the list of 60 Nigerian sports icons unveiled by the federal ministry of sports as part of the celebration of Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary.

On Friday, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development at an event at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja unveiled the list.

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, who was also present at the event explained that the list is to honour some Nigerians who have over the years, brought fame and glory to the country through their sporting exploits.

After the list was unveiled, most reactions that have followed while commending the idea behind the list, have condemned the execution with many noting that the list is faulty.

Stakeholders observed that some people that should be on the list are obviously absent without any reasonable explanation while the presence of some other names on the list has caused eyebrows to be raised.

For instance, the names of former Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi, WBA, IBF and WBO world boxing champion Anthony Joshua, Ruth Ogbeifo-Balofin, weightlifting Olympics silver medallist and the first African and Commonwealth lifter to win a medal at the global sports showpiece; Kadiri Ikhana, a 1980 AFCON winner who led Enyimba to win Nigeria’s first CAF Champions League title in 2003, amongst others were missing on the list.

Some other notable expectations that were shockingly left off the list also include Shuaibu Amodu, who qualified the Eagles for two World Cups; Kadiri Ikhana, 1980 AFCON winner and first Nigeria coach to lead a team to win the CAF Champions League; Vincent Enyeama, the country’s most capped footballer; Victor Osimhen, U-17 World Cup winner and record scorer at the tournament; ex-African squash champion Samson Egbeyemi, and two-time African champions Enyimba.

This development has continued to draw reactions from stakeholders.

Sports journalist, Godwin Enakhena, questioned the inclusion of businessmen Aliko Dangote and Kesington Adebutu, while late Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, sponsor of the Asoju Oba Table Tennis Cup, which has been held for over 50 years, was excluded.

He also pointed out that Israel Adesanya, who represents New Zealand as a UFC fighter featured on the list while Hakeem Olajuwon who is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time missed out.

“The minister should be commended for thinking about a brilliant idea like this, but unfortunately, a very good idea has been rubbished by not capturing the true heroes of Nigerian sports,”

he said.

Then added: “Yes, some of them are on the list but you cannot have 60 icons and the first man to win a medal for Nigeria – Emmanuel Ifeajuna – was not captured, you can’t have a list where Okoya-Thomas is not captured.

“You can’t have a duplication where you have Garba Lawal, Daniel Amokachi and the rest standing on their own and you also list them in the team that won the Olympics football gold.

“I think it was well-thought out, but the implementation was wrong. A list like this shouldn’t be thrown open for the public to vote. The ministry should have made the list of 200 athletes across board for people to vote from the list, not that people will just vote randomly.

“The list did not do justice to what it should be. There are a lot of minuses. You’ll ask yourself, what is Dangote doing on that list, or Kensington Adebutu? This is a list of icons for 60 years, not what they did yesterday. So, it doesn’t capture it at all.”

Below is the full list unveiled by the Ministry.

1. Chioma Ajunwa

2. Mary Onyali 3. Jighere Wellington 4. Odion Aikhoje 5. Duncan Dokiware 6. Austin Okocha 7. Nwankwo Kanu 8. Feyisetan Are 9. Blessing Okagbare 10. Garba Lawal 11. Lucy Ejike 12. Falilat Ogunkoya/Atlanta ’96 4x400m 13. Sunday Bada/Sydney 2000 men’s 4x400m 14. Atlanta Olympics football team 15. Emmanuel Amuneke 16. Chika Chukwumeriji 17. Davidson Ezinwa 18. Odunayo Adekuoroye 19. Modupe Oshikoya 20. Peter Konyegwachie 21. Olusoji Fasuba 22. Nduka Ugbade/Sebastine Broadricks-Imasuen/1985 Eaglets 23. Hogan Bassey 24. Dick Tiger 25. Samuel Peters 26. Barcelona 92′ quartet (Men’s 4x100m Relay) 27. Funke Oshonaike 28. Segun Odegbami 29. D’Tigress 30. Segun Toriola 31. Roland Ezuruike 32. Mayegun Nojeem 33. Sam Igun 34. Israel Adesanya 35. Super Eagles 1994 36. Olumide Oyedeji 37. Blessing Oborududu 38. Tompraba Grikpa 39. Chidi Imoh 40. Christian Chukwu 41. Ajibola Adeoye 42. Stephen Keshi 43. Atanda Musa 44. Muda Lawal/Emmanuel Okala/Green Eagles 1980 45. Daniel Amokachi 46. Rashidi Yekini 47. Teslim Thunder Balogun 48. Perpetua Nkwocha 49. Super Falcons 50. Power Mike 51. Flora Ugwunwa 52. Lauretta Onye 53. Sam Okwaraji 54. Nduka Odizor 55. David Izonrite 56. Chief MKO Abiola 57. Dr. Larry Izamoje 58. Mazi. Ernest Okonkwo 59. Alh. Aliko Dangote 60. Sir Kesington Adebutu

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Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has faulted claims that its website was hacked by a group of unidentified hackers.

Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity of the agency in a statement on Monday, October 18, confirmed that though there were attempts to breach the agency’s website, it was not hacked as claimed in some reports.

retwtr.com understands that a legend group of hackers popularly known as Anonymous, had earlier claimed responsibility for hacking the EFCC website.

The group on their microblogging site account also claimed to be responsible for the hacking of the official website of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) among others and threatened to target more.

However, EFCC while reacting to a report regarding a certain Dominic Akpan who claims to have resigned from the employ of the Commission to join the #EndSARS movement, described the claims as false.

The commission urges the general public to disregard the reports noting that its website is up an running fine.

The statement reads in part; “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to a report trending in the social media regarding a certain Dominic Akpan who claims to have resigned from the employ of the Commission to join the #EndSARS movement. He cited undisclosed “ugly experiences” he had within the Commission for his action.”

“The EFCC wishes to inform the public that Akpan is not a staff of the Commission. He merely served as a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in the Port Harcourt zonal office of the Commission from November 2019 to October 16, 2020 when he completed his national service.”

“He therefore could not have resigned from the EFCC to join the #End SARS Movement.”

“The EFCC, therefore, urges members of the public to disregard the report, in addition to the one which also claims that the Commission’s website had been hacked.”

“Though there were attempts, over the weekend, to compromise the website by some cybercriminals the attacks were successfully repelled. The EFCC website is up and running.”

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