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Nigerians can now be prosecuted for sending tweets following ban on Twitter

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Nigeria’s Legal professional Normal and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, issued the directive Saturday in an announcement signed on his behalf by his spokesman, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.

“Malami directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF) on the Workplace of the Legal professional Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to swing into motion and start in earnest the method of prosecution of violators of the Federal Authorities De-activation of operations of Twitter in Nigeria,” it learn.

The Legal professional Normal directed the nation’s communications regulator, NCC, and the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economic system to collaborate with prosecutors “to make sure the speedy prosecution of offenders with none additional delay.”

Nigeria’s Ministry of Info and Tradition introduced the “indefinite suspension” of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria in an announcement on Friday, nearly two days after the corporate deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that was extensively perceived as offensive.
Info Minister Lai Mohammed had criticized Twitter’s motion and accused the social media big of “double requirements.” Mohammed additionally questioned Twitter’s motives in Nigeria, saying, “the mission of Twitter in Nigeria could be very very suspect…” at a information convention on Wednesday after Buhari’s tweet was deleted.

Nigeria’s ban on Twitter was swiftly applied as Twitter’s web site was inaccessible for a lot of Nigerians from the early hours of Saturday.

Nevertheless, some Nigerians had been in a position to circumvent the ban, by the usage of a digital personal community (VPN) which permits customers to entry public networks with encrypted web connections.

Gwandu, the Legal professional Normal’s spokesman, advised CNN on Saturday that anybody nonetheless tweeting can be introduced earlier than the legislation.

“Any violator, whether or not people or organizations, can be prosecuted,” stated Gwandu. “It’s the responsibility of prosecutors to seek out out modalities of getting out those that violate,” he added.

Gwandu remarked that Nigeria’s legal guidelines doesn’t assure absolute freedom whereas responding as to whether it’s lawful to prosecute law-abiding residents who’re entitled to freedom of thought, expression, and privateness.

“How do you name them law-abiding once they violate legal guidelines… once they wish to create havoc, create problems with sedition, felony and are inciting hatred amongst Nigerians?” he requested.

“Each freedom has sure duties — corresponding accountability to the freedoms. No freedom is absolute. Those that are apprehended will get to know what kind of prosecution awaits them,” Gwandu advised CNN.



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