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Egyptian Women Get 2 Years in Prison for ‘Indecent’ TikTok Dance Videos

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An Egyptian court sentenced several young women to two years in prison Monday for posting “indecent” dance videos on TikTok in a fraught case that critics describe as a further crackdown on self-expression in the conservative society.

The women were also fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds (nearly $19,000) each for “violating the values and principles of the Egyptian family,” inciting debauchery and promoting human trafficking, according to a statement from the public prosecutor.

Their lawyers vowed to appeal the ruling.

The prosecution statement named just two of the defendants — 20-year-old student Haneen Hossam and 22-year-old Mawada al-Adham — and said the other three helped run their social media accounts.

Both women recently vaulted to TikTok fame, amassing millions of followers for their video snippets set to catchy Egyptian club-pop tracks. In their respective 15-second clips, the women wearing makeup pose in cars, dance in kitchens and joke in skits — familiar and seemingly tame content for the platform.

But their social media stardom became their undoing in Egypt, where citizens can land in prison for vague crimes such as “misusing social media,” “disseminating fake news,” or “inciting debauchery and immorality.”

Eladhm’s lawyer, Ahmed el-Bahkeri, confirmed the sentencing. The prosecution deemed Eladhm’s photos and videos “disgraceful and insulting.”

“Eladhm was crying in court. Two years? 300,000 Egyptian pounds? This is really something very tough to hear,” said Samar Shabana, the attorney’s assistant.

“They just want followers. They are not part of any prostitution network, and did not know this is how their message would be perceived by prosecutors,” she added, in reference to their posts encouraging young women to share videos and chat with strangers in exchange for money on another social media platform.

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Ortom tests positive for Covid-19

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has tested positive for the feared COVID-19.

The declaration was made on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase.

Review that a significant number of the governor’s aides which includes his personal physician, aide de camp, orderly, permanent secretaries among others recently tested positive for the virus.

Akase in an articulation made accessible to writers in Makurdi said that “the most recent result of the governor’s COVID-19 test has brought positive back.

This follows the test results of most of the Governor’s close aides who also returned positive in the last few weeks.

“Though the Governor has not shown any symptoms of the disease, he has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel.

The assertion added that the governor exhorted the individuals who have interacted with him over the most recent few days to go for test.

“The Governor says it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for a test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

Akase said that Governor Ortom encouraged Benue individuals to keep on noticing the safety measures for the avoidance of the infection, for example, wearing of face masks, utilization of sanitisers, ordinary hand washing and physical distancing.

He urges the individuals not to fear going for COVID-19 test as doing so would help in containing the spread of the illness.

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Fire guts Sunday Igboho’s house

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A fire on Tuesday gutted a few pieces of the place of a mainstream Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, notable as Sunday Igboho.

The fire apparently began around 3am in the structure situated in the Soka region of Oyo State.

The source of the fire was obscure as of the hour of recording this report however it was assembled that firemen from the Oyo State Fire Service showed up the scene a couple of hours after to splash the fire.

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No comments has been gotten from Igboho on the episode. Igboho, who is the Akoni Oodua of Yoruba land, had asked herders in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State to leave the area seven days. ‌

At the termination of the final proposal a week ago, he and his adherents had raged the Fulani settlement in Igangan to launch Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, and herders blamed for executing violations going from kidnappings, killings, assault to intrusion of farmlands with their cows.

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AAUA orders closure due to death of students

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Adekunle Ajasin University AAUA Orders Closure Of School After Mother Of Three Siblings Killed In Crash Dies From Shock.

The Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State has been closed.

The end reported on Sunday will go on until additional notification. As indicated by The PUNCH, the order to shut down the school was contained in a roundabout gave by the acting Registrar, Mr Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa.

The circular read,

“Further to our circular of Saturday, January 23, 2021 and the attendant protest by students on Sunday, January 24, 2021, the acting Vice-Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, on behalf of the Senate, has directed that the university be closed with immediate effect until further notice.

“All students are therefore advised to vacate the campus latest by 6pm today, Sunday, January 24, 2021.”

It was gathered that three siblings were among the victims, who lost their lives in the crash.It was assembled that three kin were among the people in question, who lost their lives in the accident. As indicated by the Ondo State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the state order of the Nigeria Police, no less than nine people were killed, while a few others were harmed in the mishap that elaborate a truck having a place with Dangote Cement. It was assembled that the concrete loaded truck was going to Owo from Obajana in Kogi State, when its brakes failed.

Thus, the driver failed to keep a grip on the vehicle and turned off the street and slammed into certain shops straightforwardly inverse the college.

In a Facebook post, a former representative for the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Joe Igbokwe, said the mother of the three siblings killed in the crash also died of shock on Saturday after hearing the sad news about her children.

Igbokwe’s post was titled:

‘I am in deep pains and totally diminished as a mortal’.

He wrote, “An accident occurred yesterday (Saturday) in Akungba, Ondo State….these three guys were from same parents, a trailer crushed the three of them together in their shop and they all died instantly.

Their mum died on the spot on hearing the news. Two of them are final year students of Ondo State University.”

Additionally, a previous Students’ Union President of the college, Samuel Adesomoju, famously known as Sampraise, was likewise affirmed to be one of the casualties of the accident.

The Global President of the National Association of Ondo State Students, Ayoade Kikiowo, affirmed this to writers.

The group of Adesomoju, a 500-level law undergraduate, was found in the morgue after the accident. Following the occurrence, students of the college rampaged of the town to challenge ceaseless street crashes locally, especially along the college street.

The fighting students, who were singing fortitude melodies, blockaded the streets prompting the town and asked vehicles going into the town to turn around. The irate understudies likewise sent back the state government designation drove by the Chief of Staff to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. All endeavors to speak to them fizzled.

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