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Goodbye To Romance! Couples Detained As Indonesian Cities Ban Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day was banned in some Indonesian cities Wednesday as police rounded up amorous couples, giving the official kiss-off to a tradition which critics say doesn’t deserve any love in the Muslim-majority nation.

The prohibitions come amid concerns that traditionally tolerant Indonesia is taking a sharp fundamentalist turn, by pushing to make pre-marital sex — including gay sex — illegal and punishable with jail time.

On Wednesday authorities in the country’s second-biggest city Surabaya briefly detained about two dozen couples during a raid to sniff out any sign of Valentine’s Day celebrations. They were expected to be released with a reprimand.

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Mataram city on the tourist island of Lombok issued its own Valentine’s Day ban and ordered police to raid schools in the hunt for passionate students unable to keep their hands off each other. Romantic parties at hotels and cafes were left alone, according to authorities.

Syamsu Rizal, the deputy mayor of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi, said his city prohibited Valentine’s celebrations, while Depok on the outskirts of Jakarta followed suit.

“It has never been declared by the government to be a celebration in the country” and the ban would prevent hanky-panky among students, Rizal said.
Makassar has imposed bans on Valentine’s Day for the past several years.

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In 2017 city authorities raided convenience stores to seize condoms in a bid to stop teenagers from having sex on February 14.

At least 10 cities across the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation issued full or partial bans on Valentine’s Day celebrations.
Aceh province, the only place in Indonesia that imposes Islamic law, issued a fresh Valentine’s prohibition Wednesday, citing religious norms. It has ordered bans in previous years.

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“Valentine’s Day reflects a culture which is not in line with Aceh’s and Islamic law,” provincial governor Irwandi Yusuf said in a statement.

Islamic clerics and some pious Muslims use the occasion to criticise what they see as Western decadence.

But many Indonesians practise a moderate form of Islam and celebrate Valentine’s Day with cards, chocolates and flowers for their loved ones.

Source: Straitstimes (AFP/Reuters)

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Fake policeman arrested while collecting N15,000 bribe

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The Police on Tuesday arraigned a 34-year-old man, Prince Williams, in a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly impersonating as a police officer.

The defendant of 222 Road, House 555, 2nd Avenue, Gwarinpa, Abuja, is facing a two- count of impersonation and extortion.

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The prosecutor, Mr. Kufreabasi Ebong, told the court that the accused committed the offenses on February 11 at 10 a.m.

Ebong said that the accused disguised as a police officer and collected a valid driver’s license and N15,000 from an unsuspecting victim.

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The offences contravened Sections 132 and 292 of the Penal Code.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges
The Magistrate, Mr. Taribo Jim, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum, and adjourned the case until March 21 for hearing.

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Man Enters Cinema With Fufu And Soup To Watch Black Panther

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Occasionally white men are addicted to popcorn usual in cinema, but this Nigerian man shows that popcorn is for white man while fufu and soup is for Nigerian.

A Nigerian man has ditched the usual cinema popcorn and opted for Fufu and soup instead, to watch Black Panther.

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Man Kills Friend Over N1000 Note They Saw On The Ground In Lagos. Graphic Photo

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A man identified as Moshood has been held by Community members of Makoko in Yaba area of Lagos for killing his friend over N1000. According to reports, the bloody clash occurred following an argument over who owns a N1000 Note they saw on the floor.

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The deceased was stabbed to the death in the process of fighting.

The killer was apprehended and handed over to the police authorities.

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