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“SUSPENSION OF TWITTER BY FG UNLAWFUL” –ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court declared unlawful, the suspension of Twitter by the Federal Government, a couple of months back.

The Court also ordered the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari never to repeat such again.

This, according to SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare followed a suit by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 176 concerned Nigerians.

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, on June 5, 2021, announced the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, following the deletion of President Buhari’s tweet.

Then the Federal Government also threatened to arrest and prosecute anyone using Twitter in the country, while the National Broadcasting Commission asked all Broadcast Stations to suspend their patronage of twitter.

However, in the judgment delivered on Thursday, the ECOWAS Court declared that it has the jurisdiction to hear the case and that the case was therefore admissible.

 

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