The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Nigerians still using the Twitter app following the recent ban by the federal government.
Malami gave a directive to the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPFF) to work with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, the National Communication Commission (NCC) and other relevant government agencies to arrest and prosecute Nigerians that defy the Twitter ban.
Recall that the Ministry of Information announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, stating that the suspension was due to activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Following the recent announcement on the ban of Twitter in the country, some Nigerians have begun to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) as an alternative.
The ban on Twitter came two days after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet was deleted for violating one of the micro blogging platform’s rules.
Many Nigerians have come out to condemn the decision of the federal government to ban Twitter in the country.
Amnesty International has also called on the government to reverse their decision. They made this known in a statement that read,
“We call on the Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the unlawful suspension and other plans to gag the media, repress the civic space, and undermine Nigerians’ human rights”.
Also reacting to the ban, Twitter expressed their concern on the ban and have assured Nigerians that they are working to restore its access.
“We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn”.
Here is the statement by Twitter on the suspension of its activities in Nigeria;
There are an estimated 40 million Twitter users in Nigeria, largely of which are youths. The ban can adversely affect the nation’s economy.