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Breaking News: Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has reacted to N5m fine slammed on a Lagos-based radio by NBC

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Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has reacted to N5m fine slammed on a Lagos-based radio by NBC

Following the criticisms that greeted the N5m fine imposed on a Lagos-based radio station – 99.3 FM by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has berated the federal government over the action. Channel TV reports that the former vice president in a statement he personally signed on Thursday, August 13, asked the NBC to drop the penalty against the station, describing the reason given for its action as an attempt to gag the media in the country.

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Legit.ng gathered that he disagreed with the nation’s broadcasting regulatory agency with its argument that the interview that the station had with a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, constituted any infringement and exposed the media outfit to trading in hate speech.

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has reacted to N5m fine slammed on a Lagos-based radio by NBC

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia. Source: Twitter He argued that whether or not, what Mailafia said during the programme aired on the radio station was a false claim, it was not the responsibility of the NBC to impose a sanction for a comment made by an individual.

Atiku stressed that the former CBN deputy governor had been quizzed and released by law enforcement agents, adding that they were at liberty to prosecute him in court if they were not satisfied with his explanations. He insisted that it was wrong to make a scapegoat of the media platform which provides opportunities for citizens to ventilate their views. Atiku also called on the NBC to review the hate speech prohibition code, saying the interpretation of same was offensive to the notion of free speech

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The statement read in part: “We are compelled to react to the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission code concerning infringement on hate speech and the operational style that media houses should employ to conform with the new regulation.


“While there is no disputation over the fact that hate speech portends an existential threat to the enterprise of journalistic reporting and, in fact, inhibits the workings for a free society, it is absolutely repugnant that powers that be would instrumentalise the prevention of hate speech as a means of constricting free speech.

“Whether or not what Dr Mailafia said on the radio station was a false claim, it is outside of the objectives of a responsible regulatory framework to sanction a radio station for a comment an individual made, more so that the personality in question, Dr Obadiah, had been quizzed and released by law enforcement agents.”

It was reported that Mailafia, a former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, (ADC), had revealed that Boko Haram was plotting civil war in Nigeria in 2022. In a related report, NBC warned that broadcast stations would face punitive actions over messages that insult the Nigerian president, governors, and other leaders. The warning was issued in a letter to broadcast stations by Chibuike Ogwumike, zonal director of the NBC Lagos office. The letter which was dated August 3, warned against insulting messages from guests during programmes.

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Unbelivable: Venus William’s Secret Dating Life Exposed!

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Venus Williams’ Boyfriend: Finally Venus Williams Opens Up On Her Secret Dating Life

One of the most elegant players of this century, Venus Williams, completed 26 years on the tour in 2020. Recently, she was live on Instagram, answering questions from her fans about her personal life and future plans.

One tough question that Venus Williams answered was about having kids after she retires from Tennis. The tennis player said that having children is a huge responsibility. Further, she jokingly said it is something that scared her so she has continued playing tennis.

“It’s not an easy answer there’s a lot of responsibility, and it scares me a little that’s why I’ve kept playing tennis.”

One of the most elegant players of this century, Venus Williams, completed 26 years on the tour in 2020. Recently, she was live on Instagram, answering questions from her fans about her personal life and future plans.

One tough question that Venus Williams answered was about having kids after she retires from Tennis. The tennis player said that having children is a huge responsibility. Further, she jokingly said it is something that scared her so she has continued playing tennis.

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“It’s not an easy answer there’s a lot of responsibility, and it scares me a little that’s why I’ve kept playing tennis.”

Venus turned 40 last year. With her age on the wrong side, she has had a patchy form of late. Nevertheless, she still strives to play tennis and retirement is a distant thought.

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But Venus does want to have a big family as she grows old. It is something that Venus has thought about and could do when she eventually retires.

“But yes, I want to be surrounded by children when I am older like 70 or 80. And those kids around me making me happy with big family so that’s a nice thought. But definitely some dedication that goes into that.”

Questions on her personal life have been asked a lot ever since her sister Serena Williams married and gave birth to her daughter. Venus also informed her fans about her love life. Venus was asked, “Who’s your boyfriend?”

“No, no boyfriend. Not quite looking for one either.”

Venus is not married: some time ago she separated from her boyfriend Nicholas Hammond after dating him for two years. They were spotted along with the marriage of Venus’ sister Serena Williams to Alexis Ohanian.

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Serena and Venus’ sister: “my father is a serial cheater…My mom always argued with him”

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Serena and Venus’ sister calls dad a ‘sperm donor’ who abandoned first family — the elder half-sister of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams — is calling out their father, Richard Williams, for abandoning his family and moving on to start a new life with the athletes’ mother, Oracene Price.

Sabrina Williams claims her father was a serial cheater whom she believes has several children scattered across the country, telling The Sun, “I know there’s more siblings, I was told between fifteen and nineteen all over the place, from LA to Louisiana.”

“My mom always argued with my dad about his affairs, he was a serial cheat. I remember that was always the main thing they’d talk about. He is a selfish man, lives only for himself, he just uses his kids to get what he needs,” she added. “He’s not a dad, he was just a sperm donor.”

The 56-year-old explained that Richard, 78, was first married to her mother, Betty Johnson, who had one daughter from a previous relationship, Katrina Jones, 62. The couple then had five children together, including eldest Sabrina, Richard III, 54, Ronner, 53, Reluss, 52, and Reneeka, 50.

When Sabrina was eight, she claims Richard abandoned the family after telling her he was going to the store to buy her a bicycle.

“My mom told me later that he’s never coming back. We went from having everything to nothing. The best dresses, parties, we’d go places. Now there was no new shoes or clothes. I thought I was dad’s favorite and he loved me to death.”

“But once he left, within a year, we became very poor, she continued. “There wasn’t always meals on the table. We went downhill. My mom became stressed out with six kids, trying to provide for us, she became aggressive.”

As Sabrina’s mother turned abusive, she only recalls hearing from her father twice after he moved out, including once when she was 10 and a second time while she was in college.

“In my teens, I was always thinking about suicide,” Sabrina admitted. “I tried it once, it was always with me, and it was about my dad, I had mental health issues. Somehow, I got hold of my dad through a relative and asked for $1,000 to pay some of the college bill at Hope Christian University. He said he’d only give me the money as a loan. That’s when I knew he was an a—hole.”

“After college, I was done with my dad,” she added. “He had never paid any child support and all he wanted to give me was a loan.”

The trainee chaplain didn’t meet Venus, 40, and Serena, 39, until the sisters were in their teens at a Los Angeles theme park.

“I bumped into them by complete chance at Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park in California, when they were teenagers. I was with my work colleagues and I saw him and thought: ‘Hey, that looks like my dad’.”

“I went over, we exchanged hellos, and we hung out for an hour, that was it. He gave me his number and told me to call him, then guess what? The number he gave me was [out] of order.”

Mother Betty was later diagnosed with cancer, passing away in December 1998.

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Naomi Osaka shows off Very Different Look After Winning Australian Open

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Naomi Osaka shows off Very Different Look After Winning Australian Open

We rarely see tennis champion Naomi Osaka without her natural curls, but when we do — we’re in for a real treat. Take, for instance, the time she made a gorgeous political statement with her box braids, or when she honored her culture with a colorful headwrap.

Osaka’s hair changes are as fun and intentional as she is, and her latest look fits the bill. The athlete shared an Instagram selfie rocking pink hair styled by Martin-Christopher Harper, with matching graphic liner by pro makeup artist Autumn Moultrie.

“Sakura could never lol,” she captioned her post, referring to the pink-haired character from Japanese manga Naruto. Fans immediately took to Osaka’s comment section in awe of her drastically different look (which is most likely courtesy of a great wig).

“You didn’t have to outdo Sakura like that,” one commenter wrote. “Sakura ain’t even close,” said another. Fellow athlete Usain Bolt chimed in to agree with the masses: “U wore it better @naomiosaka lol,” he said.

Osaka, who is fresh off the heels of another historic win at the Australian Open, is one of many celebrities who have dabbled in bold new hair colors recently.

Hilary Duff revealed cotton-candy blue hair last weekend, while Sarah Hyland also traded in her dark brown strands for a bright copper shade. Osaka’s look might be temporary (for a photoshoot, or maybe just for fun), but we definitely won’t complain if this bubblegum-colored hair makes another appearance in the future.

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