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Twitter apparently suspended some Nigerian influencers in preparation for Nigeria’s general elections

Just before midnight on the 15th of February, barely 24 hours to Nigeria's general elections, news broke of the suspension of at least 12 well-followed Nigerian Twitter users, popular referred to as influencers. Techpoint.Africa [...]

February 15, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

3 ways to monitor Nigeria’s 2019 general elections online

Nigeria’s most anticipated general elections kickoff on Saturday 16th of February 2019; less than 20 hours from press time. There have been allegations and serious concerns that the internet may be shut down during the election period on Saturday. Nigeria’s [...]

February 15, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Here’s how the first Techpoint Pitch Friday of 2019 went down

Last week Friday, we hosted the first 2019 edition of Techpoint's monthly in-house community event, Pitch Friday, after a hectic January period planning Techpoint Build. Techpoint.Africa [...]

February 15, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Social Media Roundup: We Rise!

This week on social media, Tobi Bakre's horse debacle, Nigeria decides and other stories. Techpoint.Africa [...]

February 15, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps
Osinbajo

It’s church’s role to fast, pray for those in government — Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says it is the role of the church to fast and pray for those in government and leadership positions in order to bring God’s plans for the nation to fruition. Osinbajo’s spokesman Laolu Akande, in a [...]

February 15, 2019 Government and politics
INEC to hire donkeys, bicycles in Gombe State on 2019 Elections

INEC to hire donkeys, bicycles in Gombe State on 2019 Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to hire donkeys and bicycles to distribute election materials in hard-to-reach areas of Gombe State. Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, made this known in an interview with newsmen [...]

February 15, 2019 Government and politics
Buhari

2019 election: Nobody will unseat me, Buhari vows

2019 election: President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that nobody will unseat him. He said contrary to opinions in some quarters, he had the strength to lead the country for four more years. Buhari stated this in an interview aired on [...]

February 15, 2019 Government and politics
atiku

There will be chaos if Atiku visits Ogun State —Kashamu

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, has said the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, cancelled his visit to the state to avoid causing chaos. Kashamu, who spoke to our correspondent on [...]

February 15, 2019 Government and politics
YIAGA Africa

YIAGA Africa Deploys 3,906 Election Observers for Presidential Elections.

YIAGA Africa, the biggest election observer group presently has said it is deploying 3,906 observers throughout the country, for the 2019 Presidential election. Chairman, YIAGA Africa, Watching the Vote Dr Hussaini Abdu, stated this in his remarks at YIAGA Africa [...]

February 15, 2019 Government and politics
FRSC Deploy 19,000 Personnel

2019 Election: FRSC Deploy 19,000 Personnel

The Federal Road Safety Corps has deployed 19,000 personnel in a bid to ensure hitch free 2019 general elections. This was revealed by the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi on the occasion of the capacity building programme [...]

February 15, 2019 Government and politics
Buhari

Presidential Poll: I’ll Replicate 2015 Fair Process – PMB

Ahead of tomorrow’s presidential and National Assembly polls, President Muhammadu Buhari has, for the umpteenth time, given assurance of his administration’s resolve to midwife free, fair and credible elections, the type that brought him to office in 2015. The president, [...]

February 15, 2019 Government and politics

Twitter introduces a new emoji, Moments thread ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections

By introducing the new features, Twitter wants to help Nigerians find election-related tweets with ease. Techpoint.Africa [...]

February 15, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps
Saraki

Saturday is a date with destiny, Saraki tells youths

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has described Saturday as a day with destiny. He therefore urged the youth to seize the opportunity of the elections to move Nigeria forward. Saraki, who is the Director-General of the Peoples Democratic [...]

February 15, 2019 Government and politics
Residents panic as soldiers, police patrol streets of Jos

Residents panic as soldiers, police patrol streets of Jos

Jos, the capital of Plateau State on Thursday witnessed an unusual presence of soldiers, policemen and other security agents patrolling the city and causing fear among residents.  Our correspondent observed that as early as 8am, more than 80 vans and [...]

February 15, 2019 Military
Polls: FG shuts borders as police restrict vehicular movement

Polls: FG shuts borders as police restrict vehicular movement

In preparations for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, the Federal Government has ordered the closure of all land borders with effect from 12pm on Friday (today) to Sunday. Announcing this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister [...]

February 15, 2019 Government and politics

CcHub launches Africa’s first design hub in Rwanda

CcHub launches Africas first design lab in Rwanda Techpoint.Africa [...]

February 14, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

Instagram is bringing Direct Messaging to web

Instagram is bringing direct messaging to web Techpoint.Africa [...]

February 14, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

NCC suspends Do Not Disturb directive as general elections approach

As the general election approaches, telecom regulators, NCC suspend directives on Do Not Disturb code Techpoint.Africa [...]

February 14, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps

How Jumia’s planned listing on New York Stock Exchange is strategic for MTN, Rocket Internet

The possible reasons why the owners of Jumia are considering the New York Stock Exchange for its IPO instead of an African alternative. Techpoint.Africa [...]

February 14, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps
Buhari arrives in Lagos for campaign

Buhari vows to probe $16 billion power sector expenditure

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday vowed to probe the $16 billion invested in the power sector by his predecessor in office, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. He pledged that every kobo would be recovered and anyone found wanting exposed. Speaking during an All [...]

February 14, 2019 Power
Fire guts Anambra INEC office, destroys sensitive materials

Fire guts Anambra INEC office, destroys sensitive materials

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Anambra State has been razed by fire, which destroyed two containers of sensitive electoral materials. Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, who left a stakeholders meeting at the Women Development Centre, [...]

February 14, 2019 Incidents
Buhari vows to probe $16 billion power sector expenditure

Buhari vows to probe $16 billion power sector expenditure

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday vowed to probe the $16 billion invested in the power sector by his predecessor in office, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. He pledged that every kobo would be recovered and anyone found wanting exposed. Speaking during an All [...]

February 14, 2019 Government and politics
PDP’s US lobbyist denies predicting Buhari’s victory

PDP’s US lobbyist denies predicting Buhari’s victory

A United States lobbying firm, Ballard Partners, has disowned a letter purportedly written by the firm, predicting the loss for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, in the presidential election holding on Saturday. “My signature has been [...]

February 14, 2019 Government and politics
Neither Buhari nor Atiku is greater than Nigeria

Neither Buhari nor Atiku is greater than Nigeria

The obscene incident at the presidential campaign of the All Progressives Congress in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Monday, tells more of the Nigerian polity than it does of the ruling party. Quite alright, the APC had it coming. [...]

February 14, 2019 Government and politics
2019 elections: Umahi declares Friday public holiday

2019 elections: Umahi declares Friday public holiday

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has declared Friday, Feb. 15 a public holiday to enable citizens travel to areas where they registered for the elections and vote. Umahi made the declaration while addressing newsmen in Abakaliki, noting that the [...]

February 14, 2019 Government and politics
Police block INEC office in Rivers

BREAKING: Police block INEC office in Rivers

A team of policemen on Thursday morning blocked the entrance to the Rivers State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Port Harcourt. The policemen had apart from cordoning off INEC office, mounted a roadblock on the lane close [...]

February 14, 2019 Government and politics
Buhari to Nigerians: Vote for me, you won’t regret

Buhari to Nigerians: Vote for me, you won’t regret

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday promised that he would not disappoint Nigerians if he won Saturday’s presidential poll. He promised to consolidate his first term achievements by tackling poverty, ensuring food security and providing key infrastructure. Buhari spoke at the [...]

February 14, 2019 Government and politics

With just a few days to the presidential elections, Nigerians are vulnerable to digital rights infringement

Nigeria does not have a law that protects its citizens online. With just two days to the presidential elections, Nigerians are exposed to the threat of digital rights violations. Techpoint.Africa [...]

February 14, 2019 Technology Business & StartUps
Nigerians march to vote in a choiceless poll

Nigerians march to vote in a choiceless poll

On Saturday, February 16, 84,004,084 registered voters, the highest in Nigeria’s political history, are expected to march to the 119,973 polling units across the country (in 2015, there were 68,833,476 voters) to either renew the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari [...]

February 14, 2019 Government and politics
Malami

AGF Malami writes INEC, asks for postponement of polls in Zamfara

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission asking the commission to postpone the National Assembly elections and the governorship and state House of Assembly polls in [...]

February 14, 2019 Government and politics