Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Venture (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “instruct the Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Mr Isa Pantami, and Director-Normal of the Nationwide Identification Administration Fee, (NIMC) Mr Aliyu Abubakar to cease the push for registration of Nigerians for Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN), and withdraw the menace to dam SIM playing cards, as the information being sought exist already in a number of platforms, together with the Financial institution Verification Numbers (BVN), driver’s license, worldwide passport, and voters’ card.”
The group additionally urged him “to instruct Mr Pantami and Mr Abubakar to take concrete measures to promptly make sure that the NIMC is ready to faithfully and successfully discharge its statutory capabilities to harmonize and combine current identification databases in authorities businesses into the Nationwide Identification Database, and to make use of the knowledge to replace SIM card registration.”
The Federal Authorities had threatened that SIM playing cards not linked to NIN by 30 December, 2020 could be blocked, and that telecom service suppliers that failed to dam telephone numbers with out NIN would have their working licences withdrawn.
However SERAP in a letter dated 19 December, 2020 and signed by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare mentioned: “No authorities has the precise to strip its personal folks of their fundamental rights below the guise of registration for nationwide identification quantity. If the authorities proceed down this path, the threats to residents’ rights such because the rights to freedom of expression and entry to info, will inevitably enhance, and the NIMC will stay a paper tiger.”
SERAP mentioned: “As a substitute of forcing Nigerians to register, threatening telecom service suppliers with sanctions, and exposing Nigerians to the dangers of COVID-19, your authorities should guarantee that the NIMC discharges its statutory capabilities to harmonize and combine current identification databases in authorities businesses, and make use of the knowledge collected.”
Based on SERAP: “The request for Nigerians to register for NIN is burdensome, unjustified and pointless. It will find yourself serving no different goal than to threaten and violate the rights of Nigerians, and create a ‘chilling impact’ on residents’ skill to take part within the struggle towards corruption within the nation, and thereby critically undermining the federal government’s oft-repeated dedication to transparency and accountability.”
The letter, learn partly: “There’s neither a urgent authorized or sensible want for this registration, which threatens Nigerians’ human rights, particularly at a time your authorities is warning Nigerians concerning the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak within the nation.”
“Blocking Nigerians from utilizing their SIM playing cards would quantity to a blatant violation of their rights to freedom of expression and entry to info, and have a ‘chilling impact’ on the enjoyment of different human rights.”
“We might be grateful in case your authorities would point out the measures being taken to cease the pointless registration of NIN, withdraw the menace to dam SIM playing cards, and take concrete measures to promptly make sure that the NIMC is ready to faithfully discharge its statutory capabilities to harmonize and combine current identification databases in authorities businesses into the Nationwide Identification Database, inside 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter.”
“If we have now not heard from you by then as to the steps being taken on this course, SERAP shall take all applicable authorized actions to compel your authorities to implement these suggestions within the curiosity of thousands and thousands of Nigerians.”
“One of many said functions of NIMC as elaborated in part 5 [a] of the NIMC Act is to harmonise and combine current identification databases in authorities businesses right into a nationwide identification database. If the NIMC can not carry out this essential statutory responsibility, then it has failed to realize an apparent a part of its legislative goal.”
“This push for registration will place a considerable burden on the train of human rights by Nigerians. Additionally it is patently opposite to the aims of the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) as contained in Part 1[g] of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, which is to guard the rights and curiosity of service suppliers and customers inside Nigeria.’”
“These rights presumably embody the rights to freedom of expression, entry to info, life and private safety. The enjoyment of those rights varieties the premise for a free and democratic society. A democratic authorities primarily based on the rule of regulation is one that’s accountable to its citizenry and seeks to characterize their pursuits.”
“The push for registration for NIN is a foul initiative, and can’t discover help in current legal guidelines, the Nigerian Structure of 1999 [as amended] and the nation’s worldwide human rights obligations.”
“SERAP notes that the knowledge on people at the moment being sought by your authorities exist already in a number of platforms, together with by means of a number of citizen’s assortment knowledge platforms such because the Financial institution Verification Numbers (BVN), worldwide passport, driver’s license, SIM card registration and voters’ card.”
“This level is buttressed by Part 5 [h] of the NIMC Act 2007, which supplies that: ‘the Fee shall set up and preserve secured communication hyperlinks with any current related identification associated database or company’”.
“The statutory responsibility to harmonize and combine current knowledge for the needs of NIN and SIM card registration shouldn’t be troublesome to hold out, because the Nigeria Immigration Service, Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN), and Federal Street Security Corps (FRSC) are already members of the Board of the NIMC by advantage of part 2[b] of the NIMC Act.”
“Our requests are introduced within the public curiosity, and consistent with the necessities of the Nigerian Structure 1999, the nation’s worldwide human rights obligations together with below the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Nigeria has ratified each human rights treaties.”
“Based on our info, your authorities has issued a two-week ultimatum for the registration and linking of Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN) to cell numbers throughout the nation.”
“The NCC has additionally reportedly directed telecom service suppliers to dam telephone numbers with out NIN whereas Mr Abubakar has said that there could be no extension for the introduced deadline ending 30 December, 2020.”
“Your authorities has additionally reportedly threatened that, ‘After the deadline, all SIMs with out NINs are to be blocked from the networks. Violations of this directive can be met by stiff sanctions, together with the potential of withdrawal of working license.’”
The letter is copied to Mr Abubakar Malami SAN, Legal professional Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Pantami, and Mr Abubakar.
Joe Biden Sworn-In As US President
Mr. Joe Biden has formally been sworn-in because the 46th President of the US of America.
His operating mate within the US presidential election of November 3, 2020, Kamala Harris, was additionally sworn-in as Vice President.
Biden and Harris had arrived on the US Capitol on Wednesday for his or her official inauguration ceremony.
Biden, 78, was sworn in by Supreme Court docket Chief Justice John Roberts because the 46th president of the US.
Harris, 56, is the primary girl to develop into vp.
Donald Trump left Washington three hours earlier than Biden’s swearing-in, the primary American president to skip the inauguration of his successor in additional than 150 years.
The inauguration comes precisely two weeks after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid to disrupt the certification by Congress of Biden’s November election victory.
Amongst these attending the ceremony are former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Invoice Clinton.
Vice President Mike Pence can also be current after skipping a departure ceremony for Trump at close by Joint Base Andrews earlier within the day.
14-Yr-Previous Schoolgirl Who Was ‘R*ped And Buried’ Alive Survives After Her Dad and mom Heard Her Cries
In what is going to come throughout as a extremely startling improvement, a 14-year-old faculty lady was r*ped, bludgeoned and buried alive in India.
Nevertheless, she miraculously survived her ordeal after her dad and mom heard her determined cries for assist.
The lady was allegedly attacked near her house by a 35-year-old neighbour after she went out to change off a farm motor.
In line with SUN, the teenager was raped, earlier than being thrown right into a ravine and buried alive with stones and bushes.
Police say the attacker noticed the schoolgirl alone as she ran errand in her village within the Betul district of India’s Madhya Pradesh area at round 5pm on Monday, say officers.
He then launched the nightmare ordeal on his younger sufferer, mentioned Betul Superintendent of Police Simala Prasad.
The household searched within the darkness, till they heard “cries” and whimpering coming from a ravine near their farm.
“She had gone out at round 5pm, and when she didn’t return after a number of hours, her household started trying to find her,” mentioned Mahendra Chouhan, officer-in-charge at close by Sarni police station.
“They heard some cries close to a nullah – or ravine – near their farm. In torchlight, they adopted the cries and located the survivor.”
The report mentioned the household managed to free the lady from the pit and rushed her to a close-by medical centre, earlier than she was referred to Nagpur Medical School, round 120 miles from her village, due to the severity of her situation.
She was “semi-conscious” when she was first taken to docs, added officer Chouhan, and instructed cops she knew the rapist.
“One group took the survivor to hospital and one other group was dispatched to arrest the accused,” he added.
“He was caught inside hours and her situation is secure.”
The alleged rapist has been arrested and booked for rape, in addition to charged beneath the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Safety of Kids from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he mentioned.
The alleged rape is the most recent in a sequence of brutal assaults on younger women from India’s Dalit neighborhood.
Supply: The SUN UK
TB Joshua Offers Necessary Recommendation to Christians On COVID-19 Vaccine
Founding father of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, Prophet TB Joshua has wielded into the controversy surrounding COVID-19 vaccine which some in Nigeria have stated they won’t take.
He stated in a press release issued on Wednesday by the church that the federal authorities wants the assist and cooperation of each Nigerian on its use.
“Regarding the ongoing state of affairs on the earth, I’ve acquired 1000’s of emails on the COVID-19 vaccine,” the cleric said in a particular message broadcast on his Christian channel on Emmanuel TV.
“Little doubt, there are various conspiracy theories surrounding this vaccine. Nevertheless, my perception is that our governments are solely making an attempt to search for a means out of this very difficult state of affairs, though there could also be dangerous religion in sure quarters,” he acknowledged.
“Many individuals have complained of some adverse reactions however that is all the time the case with vaccines of this nature. I bear in mind I used to have such reactions each time I took chloroquine,” he continued, citing his private experiences.
“That doesn’t imply chloroquine is dangerous. It really works positively for a lot of. Presently, our governments want our assist and our cooperation – as a result of the world is in a dilemma,” he concluded in his customary parabolic style.
Earlier within the footage, Joshua had spoken in regards to the ‘New Anointing Water’ and ‘New Anointing Sticker’ he had launched at first of 2021, stressing the significance of getting godly intentions when utilizing them.
“Jesus appears to be like on the motive of our actions however males have a look at the motion. I imply, Jesus appears to be like at why we do what we do however males have a look at what we do,” he defined, including “that’s the reason we should not be in a haste to evaluate somebody’s actions”.
“As soon as any egocentric intention or motive is concerned – that’s, if cash exchanges fingers in no matter means – the anointing within the bottle will go away, leaving solely peculiar water within the bottle,” he then sternly warned.
The cleric harassed that these ‘religion instruments’ could be despatched freely to individuals.
“The Anointing Water is God’s present to us. What it prices to get to you is our personal contribution. The extent of our sacrifice will decide the extent of anointing we take pleasure in,” he clarified.
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