The Late 5: FaceApp finally responds to user concerns on privacy; Shut Edo Assembly – House of Reps asks IGP | Other top stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

FaceApp responds to user concerns on privacy

Russian startup and AI-powered selfie-editing app, FaceApp, has responded to privacy concerns that it uploads users’ photos to the cloud — without making it clear to them that processing is not going on locally on their device.

According to a statement by the company, it confirmed that most of the processing needed to power its app’s beautifying/gender-bending/age-accerating/-defying effects are done in the cloud, but stressed that it “might” store the photos users have chosen to upload in the cloud for a short period, claiming this is done for “performance and traffic” — such as to make sure that a user doesn’t repeatedly upload the same photo to carry out another edit.

“All FaceApp features are available without logging in, and you can log in only from the settings screen. As a result, 99% of users don’t log in; therefore, we don’t have access to any data that could identify a person. We don’t sell or share any user data with any third parties,” the statement read.

Senate confirms appointment of new Chief Justice for the Federation.

The Senate has confirmed Ibrahim Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Justice Muhammad who had since 25th January occupied the office of CJN in acting capacity, was on Wednesday confirmed at a closed-door session of the upper legislative chamber after Senate leader, Abdullahi Abubakar, moved a motion for his confirmation.

Appointed as a Supreme Court Justice in 2006 after spending 13 years at the appellate court, Muhammad becomes the 16th head of the nation’s judicial arm since independence.

Shut Edo Assembly – House of reps asks IGP

The House of Representatives Wednesday asked the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to shut the Edo State House of Assembly, following the recommendation of a 13-man panel headed by Abdulrazak Namdas set up by the green chamber to investigate the crisis rocking the state legislature.

According to the resolutions issued by the lower legislative chamber in line with the panel recommendations, a fresh inauguration should be conducted while all members of the assembly, both those who have been inaugurated and those who have not been inaugurated should dissolve their factions in the interest of peace and stability of the House with the view to moving the state forward.

“The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Director-General (DG), Department of State Service should shut down the Edo State House of Assembly and provide adequate security to allay further fears of intimidation and threat as alleged by Members-elect,” the resolution read.

Presidency’s comment on Obasanjo’s letter is a direct spat on the graves of victims – PDP 

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s description of the gruesome killings, bloodletting, violence and widespread kidnapping in various parts of our country as “isolated” cases.

In a statement issued Wednesday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party described the remark as unfortunate, adding that it gave the President away as a leader who cares not about the pain and anguish of Nigerians in the past few years.

“Do President Buhari and the leaders of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, know the excruciating pain of orphans and widows in various parts of our nation, who daily live in anguish over the death of their breadwinners in the hands of marauders, bandits and insurgents?” the statement read.

Nigerian dies in custody in Malaysia

A 34-year-old Nigerian PhD student of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia, Thomas Orhionsefe Ewansiha, have been allegedly murdered five days after his detention by the immigration authorities in Malaysia.

According to his family members, Ewansiha who was arrested while he pursuing a PhD in Management on the 4th of July 2019, had a valid student visa at the time of his arrest, and had also previously studied for both his first degree and master’s degree in the country as well.

In a statement issued by the Nigerian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, the commission stated that it had engaged the Malaysian immigration authorities on the death of the Nigerian, and were awaiting the autopsy report.

The Director General of the Malaysian Immigration, Datuk Khairul Daud,  however, claims that the authorities learnt Ewanisha had a seizure while sleeping, after which he was given special medical treatment before an ambulance arrived after which he was pronounced dead.



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