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Telecoms: Many sanctions, more breaches

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With a decisive and uncompromising stance, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), seems to be saying to all the telecoms operators that change has come, indeed, and it is no longer business as usual; they must comply with directives.
In the last few years, the NCC has harped on best quality of service and compliance to regulatory directives at every opportunity but it appears that most of the telecom networks reluctantly complied.
There have been a number of threats and sanctions by the regulator in the last couple of years, the biggest being the N1.4 trillion fine slammed on MTN Nigeria.
More recently, the NCC has been talking tough on more sanctions against telcos over non-compliance with directives on unsolicited telemarketing.
According to the regulator, for failing to comply with the NCC’s  do-not-disturb (DND) directive issued to operatorrs on April 20, 2016, 13 network operators risk severe sanctions, even though a window of grace was given till Monday, November 14, 2016 to remedy the situation. It seems the telcos have not taken the threat seruiously.
The commission stated that it became worried by the operators’ default, evidenced in a deluge of complaints from subscribers across the country.
The NCC“inaugurated an eight-member committee to look into the matter.After several meetings, including those it held with the network providers, it became necessary to issue another ultimatum to redress the menace of incessant unsolicited text messages and phone calls for telemarketing via the various networks,” an NCC source said.
Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo disclosed that the network operators include Airtel, MTN, Globacom , Smile Communications, Visafone Communications, Ntel, Etisalat, Multi-Links, Starcomms, Danjay Telecoms, Gamjitel Limited and Gicell Wireless.
“The NCC has written to all 13 networks providers on whose networks it  has received  series of complaints from subscribers regarding the efficacy of the DND service and engaged mobile network operators on this subject and further directs that the phrase network generated SMS referred to part(d) of the duration issued on April 20, 2016, to network providers shall be taken to mean messages and calls with respect to only information on emergencies, for example, national security, fire, notifications on network maintenance programmes down times and. Notification regarding subscribers bundle usage and service renewals.
“Other text messages and voice calls informing subscribers of new products and service offerings are not regarded as network-generated and, therefore, regarded as “unsolicited marketing messages”.
Ojobo further stated that the menace of unsolicited text messages has been a nightmare to millions of subscribers and the commission can no longer accept any excuses for the menace from the networks.
A telecoms subscribers, Muyideen Lawal, noted that NCC was doing its best to put things right but reasoned that, if threats or sanctions are too severe they may have adverse effects on the organisations and, indirectly, the subscribers.
“The economy is not too bouyant and most of them are struggling to survive; if NCC becomes hostile, government may become the loser at the end of the day, when they (operators) decide to leave. Both parties should tread with caution,” he said.


What to know about ‘Black Friday’

Many Nigerian companies are now replicating the Black Friday trend because of the way it boosts their profits. Though a win-win situation where the seller and buyer enjoy a symbiotic relationship, many do not understand how the concept originated, but its popularity is driving the e-commerce space.
According to blackfriday.com, now is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone. Black Black is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it’s one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States, falling anywhere between November 23 and 29. While it’s not recognized as an official U.S. holiday, many employees have the day off except those working in retail.
The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the red to the black, back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.
In the 1960s, police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” In a non-retail sense, it also describes a financial crisis of 1869: a stock market catastrophe set off by gold spectators who tried and failed to corner the gold market, causing the market to collapse and stocks to plummet.
As retailers began to realise they could draw big crowds by discounting prices, Black Friday became the day to shop, even better than those last-minute Christmas sales. Some retailers put their items up for sale on the morning of Thanksgiving, or email online specials to consumers days or weeks before the actual event. The most shopped for items are electronics and popular toys, as these may be the most drastically discounted. However, prices are slashed on everything from home furnishings to apparel.
More and more, consumers are choosing to shop online, not wanting to wait outside in the early morning chill with a crush of other shoppers or battle over the last most-wanted item. Often, many people show up for a small number of limited-time “door-buster” deals, such as large flat-screen televisions or laptops for a few hundred dollars. Since these coveted items sell out quickly, quite a few shoppers leave the store empty handed.

•Culled from Blackfriday.com

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12-year-old boy kills landlady as condition to be initiated into a cult

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A 12-year-old boy, who allegedly robbed and killed his landlady at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, was among those paraded for various offences by the state Police Command, yesterday.

 

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Mohammed, who briefed reporters on the arrest of over 60 kidnappers, robbers, murderers, cultists and ritualists in the last three weeks, said the teenager confessed that he committed the act because a cult group told him that one of the conditions for initiation was that he must have been involved in a criminal act.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

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Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.

 

 

In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Zimbabwean Church leader in s*x scandal as photos naked photos and sex acts with 33 girls is exposed

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A Zimbabwean church leader, Nyasha Light Nyatsungo is enmeshed in a sex scandal and might also be facing legal action, after his ex-girlfriend flooded social media with his nude photo.
It was gathered that the Nyatsungo allegedly sent a nude picture of his Cape Town based ex–side chick, Shingi Mavenge, to his other girlfriend only identified as Beula who later broadcasted it on social media.
According to H-Metro, in an apparent fit of rage, Mavenge posted a WhatsApp chat she had with Nyatsungo’s wife identified as Nyasha Nhahumbi as well as a group chat with some of her former lover’s concubines.
According to Mavenge, she has gotten information that Nyatsungo has at least 33 girlfriends and has ditched his wife of eight years.
She adds that Nyatsungo bedded a girl who was their neighbour as well.
Mavenge said that the church leader’s wife revealed that they even consulted their local pastor in Mutare who failed in his attempts to mend Nyatsungo’s ways.
According to H-Metro, Nyatsungo, a married father of two, has denied ever circulating the picture, labelling Mavenge as a bitter woman whom he just flirted with on Facebook and nothing more.
“This Nyasha guy must be stopped in his tracks. He is going to pay for all the damage that he has done to me. He was the only one who had that leaked picture and I am shocked why he would forward it to some other girl,” fumed Mavhenge who is working on taking legal action.
 
“I started dating this guy in 2015 and never knew he was married. He lied.”  fumed Mavenge yesterday.
“That guy is full of lies and at some point, we opened a group chat with his wife and some of his girlfriends. He normally targets single mothers” added Mavenge.
H-Metro was furnished with six other cellphone numbers of his girlfriend that include Fadzai, Mutsa, Essy, Juliana, Barbra among others. Mutsa confirmed she once had a relationship with Nyatsungo have since terminated it since she discovered he was married.
Mavenge confirmed they met once in Johannesburg when she had to fly from Cape Town to meet her man sometime in April.
“That night he didn’t even have money. I had to pay the R800 for the accommodation as he had no money. He wanted to have sex with me but I flatly refused. He even wanted it without protection and I said No. he looked terrible with clothes in a plastic shopping bag. I want to write a letter to Pastor Rex who is the head of (the church) in Harare so that this guy be stopped with his tricks and lies,” added Mavenge.
When contacted over the phone in Mutare Nyatsungo confirmed he knew Mavenge but never had a relationship with her.
“I know her and we once flirted on Facebook. We never had a relationship as she is alleging. I don’t know why she is bitter. I haven’t seen the nude pictures she is talking about but I heard about it from Beula. We live in a democratic country. She can go ahead and sue me if she feels her rights have been infringed upon. All the allegations she is making are false and I don’t know her motive in trying to tarnish my image,” said Nyatsungo.
He said he was still with his wife whose phone rang without response yesterday afternoon. Despite his denials, H-metro was furnished with pictures of Nyatsungo and Mavenge, the time they met in April.

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