Substandard phones cause of some cancer ailments — NCC – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned Nigerians against use of substandard phones, saying this was responsible for some cancer ailments.

An official of the commission, Mr Kunle Olorundare, gave the warning at a stakeholders workshop organised by the Ibadan Zonal office of NCC at the popular Fayose GSM Market in Ado Ekiti.

Olorundare lamented that fake phones had taken over the country’s phone market, adding that they have had negative implications on the health of users.

The NCC official also identified unapproved phones as a major cause of network interruptions.

He said the preponderance of substandard phones was causing colossal damage to network services and health of users.

Olorundare warned that sellers of unapproved Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products were flouting the commission’s Act.

He said they could face prosecution or seizure of their market items if they did not desist from selling such henceforth.

Olorundare also advised phone sellers across the country to ensure the phones they buy from manufacturers and dealers were approved by the commission.

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He added that the NCC had a list of all ICT products approved for sale and use in Nigeria.

Another official of the commission, who represented the Head of Zonal Operations in Abuja, Mr Ekisola Oladosu, promised that the NCC would do all within its powers to check the proliferation of substandard phones.

He noted that the task of sanitising the Nigerian phone market rested on all stakeholders, and called on Nigerians to support the campaign.

In his speech, the President of the Fayose GSM Market Traders’ Association, Mr Kehinde Badmus, lauded the NCC for the enlightenment seminar.

He assured the commission that the association’s members would cooperate to help it achieve its goals.

Badmus, however, solicited the assistance of the NCC in facilitating proximate approved phone dealer centres within the state for easier access to the products.

The market leader urged the commission to prevail on internet service providers to establish communication masts at locations where they were lacking within the state.


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Delta Assembly dissolves electoral commission – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

The Board of Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) has been dissolved by the State House of Assembly.

The dissolution of the board followed a motion by the Majority Leader of the Assembly, Mr Tim Owhefere during the plenary on Thursday in Asaba.

Moving the motion, Owhefere noted that the dissolution of the board was due to the exigency of the nation’s fast moving democracy and the need for the state to move in tandem with world best practices in the electoral process.

He said that the commission could now be dissolved in line with Section 7, Sub section 1 of DSIEC Law 2012.

The majority leader explained that the development was necessitated by noticeable defects and shortcomings in the electoral process as a result of the law establishing the commission.

He said that law was currently before the Assembly for amendment.

Owhefere said that the dissolution would enable the Assembly work on the proposed new law that would enhance the electoral process in the state.

The motion was seconded my Mr Samuel Mariere, representing Ughelli North I Constituency.

Supporting the motion, the lawmaker representing Warri South II constituency and of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that the constitutional requirement to dissolve the commission was two third majority, and stressed the need to follow due process to be followed.

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Following his submission, the speaker, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori called for voting by members who immediately filed out in from of the clerk of the House to append their signatures for the dissolution of the board.

Announcing the result of the voting, the Clerk of the House, Mrs Lyna Ocholor said that 20 members voted for the dissolution of the board, while eight members were absent and nobody voted against.

The Speaker said in line with Section 7, Sub section 1 of the law setting up DSIEC, the board now stood dissolved having fulflled two third requirement by the House for the dissolution.

He therefore called on Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa to immediately act on the House dissolution.


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Tailor gave girl N100, raped her all day – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

Ayuba Salihu, 32, on Thursday told the Niger State Child Right Protection Agency how he lured and sexually abused an eight-year-old pupil with N100.
“I saw her in front of my shop crying that she misplaced N100 out of the money she sold from pure water and I gave her the N100,” said Salihu, a tailor and resident of New Market, near Gwari Market in Chanchaga Local Government Area.
“I am sorry to have engaged in such an act with a little girl, I promise never to repeat such act again, please forgive me,” Mr. Salihu pleaded with the agency.
The victim’s grandmother told the agency that the victim was sent to buy N50 pepper in the morning of August 26, but did not return home till 9 p.m.
“I became worried when she did not return home early.
“I called my step-son and we both went round looking for her because we thought she had been kidnapped.
“It was during the search that we saw her walking to the house at night.
“I asked where she had been and she did not respond until my step-son started beating her that she told us where she was.
“She confessed that a man, who is a tailor in the market, has been having sexual intercourse with her anytime she passes the area.”
According to the grandmother, the girl said the man took her to a corner and sexually abused her.
The grandmother said that she reported the matter to officials of Drug and Crime is Haram (DC Haram) who arrested the suspect and brought him to the agency.
The victim said that the suspect lured her into his shop while hawking pure water and forcefully dragged her to a deserted area and had sex with her.
“He called me that he wanted to buy pure water, after buying the water, he held my hand and told me that we should go and flirt.
“I told him no, but he forcefully dragged me to a lonely area and brought out his male organ and penetrate me.
“He has had carnal knowledge of me five times and after the act, sometimes he would give me N10, N50 and N100 and warned me not to tell anyone or else, he would deal with me,” the girl said.
The Director-General of the agency, Mariam Kolo, said that the suspect would be handed over to the police for further investigation.

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