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Falana: CAMA 2020 Violates Rights  

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There have been so much back and forth on the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAMA 2020 that have riled some religious organizations.

Now, activist lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana, and former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu are pointing out some provisions of the act they say grossly violate rights.

The two men say the new law arrogates too much power to the registrar-general of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC – power they say he could use to clamp down on civil society organizations.

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Falana and Odinkalu were speaking during a virtual town-hall meeting on the act which was jointly organized by the European Union-act, the open society initiative for west Africa, working group on civil society regulatory environment, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, and the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.

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Falana specifically pointed out section 389 of the law that gives CAC the power to suspend the board of trustees of an organization in crisis and appoint an interim committee to manage its affairs.  He also faults section 842 that gives CAC authority to take over funds in the bank accounts of an organization in crisis.  He says that provision translates to quote, “obtaining money by false pretense.”

Professor Odinkalu, in his own assessment, said part f of CAMA 2020 is a confused mixture, a “mish mash” of laws the country had borrowed from the United Kingdom.  He said those laws were hastily copied without the safeguards in the English law.

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In response to the observations, representative of the CAC registrar-general, Justine Nidiya said further amendments to the law would serve as the forum to address the challenges.

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End SARS: Sanwo-Olu Needs N1trillion To Reconstruct Lagos State – Gbajabiamila

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End SARS: Sanwo-Olu Needs N1trillion To Reconstruct Lagos State – Gbajabiamila

As Lagos State government eases curfew from 6 am to 8 pm, governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says, as a result of wanton destruction of public assets by hoodlums, rebuilding the state will cost one trillion naira.

Lagos was the epicentre of the #EndSARS protests.  The city experienced massive looting, arson and destruction Wednesday to Friday.  Many have attributed these acts to anger arising from the attacks by the Nigerian military on young unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, visited Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos on Sunday during which they discussed the estimated cost of repairing damages in the state.

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Among other public assets destroyed are 89 new city buses burnt down in Oyingbo and Berger where they were parked.

Also burnt are the forensic and DNA centre, the Igbosere High Court, local government secretariat buildings, hundreds of vehicles, street lights, and other public buildings scattered across the state.

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NCDC Reports 62 New Cases Of COVID-19

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control posted sixty-two new cases of coronavirus infections in eleven states on Sunday.

Plateau State led the pack with 18 new infections.  Ogun had 15, while the Federal Capital Territory and eight other states all recorded new infections in single digits.

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The new figure pushes up total infections in the country to 61,992.  57,000 coronavirus patients have recovered and have been discharged nationwide.

The death toll now stands at eleven hundred thirty.  Nigeria has now tested more than 600,000 persons.

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NBC Fines Channels, Arise TV, AIT Over #EndSARS Coverage

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The National Broadcasting Commission has on Monday slammed sanctions on some major broadcast stations in Nigeria for what it termed “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests over the past few weeks.

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Announcing the move, at a press conference in Abuja, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba who is acting Director-General of the broadcasting regulating body said the affected media houses including Arise News, African Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television were fined between N2 million and N3 million each for flouting the provisions of the Nigerian broadcasting code.

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Earlier, NBC had warned all television and radio stations against reporting the #EndSARS protests in a manner that could embarrass the government or private individuals or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.

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