In today’s edition of Nigeria in brief, the Nigerian government is asking search giant Google to stop proscribed groups from using YouTube, former Inspector General of police, Tafa Balogun dies and Super Eagles will face 2016 European Champion in an international friendly in September
1. The Nigerian government asked Google to prevent proscribed groups from accessing YouTube. Information Minister, Lai Mohammed told some Executives from Google in the capital Abuja that Nigeria shares similar concerns with the search giant on “the responsible use of social media”. “We want Google to look into how to tackle the use of private and unlisted YouTube channels and YouTube live streams by proscribed groups and terrorist organisations,” Mohammed said. “Channels and emails containing names of proscribed groups and their affiliates should not be allowed on Google platforms,” he added.
2. A former police chief, Mustapha Balogun passed away on Tuesday in Lagos, aged 74. Balogun, who was Inspector-General of Police from 2002 to 2005 is best remembered for his forced retirement because of widespread charges of corruption in January 2005. His family announced his death at a hospital in Lekki, Lagos at about 8:30 pm on Thursday after a brief illness.
3. Nigeria’s former Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu will remain in custody in the United Kingdom until October 30. Ekweremadu, who is accused of organ trafficking is facing trial in a UK court alongside his wife, Beatrice. The court adjourned his case until October 31. The lawmaker, who represents Enugu West Senatorial district, was charged by the UK Metropolitan Police with conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another person for organ harvesting.
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4. Akwa Ibom Court sentenced a 21-year-old Uduak Akpan to death by hanging for the murder of a job seeker, Iniubong Umoren. The court also found the accused guilty of rape and sentenced him to life imprisonment. Akpan lured his victim to his father’s house in April 2021 where he killed him under the pretext of offering her a job. The judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang said the “court has proved beyond reasonable doubts that you, Uduak Akpan are guilty of murder and you are charged accordingly. You are to die by hanging until you rot away.”
5. Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Portugal in an international friendly in September. This would be the first time the two countries will face each other in any tournament. Nigeria Football Federation Secretary General, Muhammad Sanusi said a discussion with the Portuguese FA for the friendly game between Nigeria and Portugal is in top gear. The three-time African champions were initially scheduled to play Guinea Bissau in a double-header Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in the FIFA international break.