Use Twitter, Go to Jail, Nigeria tells Violators of Ban


Country’s Justice Minister Orders prosecution of Twitter ban violators as country’s bickering with microblogging degenerate


Nigeria has threatened prosecution, which could lead to jail terms, for any of hundreds of thousands of Twitter users in the country who violates the suspension it slammed on the microblogging site.

Apparently to show the Government’s seriousness, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Platforms Africa reports, ordered the prosecution of offenders of the Nigerian Government ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.


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A statement issued by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Minister’s Spokesman, said the AGF directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF) at his office to swing into action and commence in earnest the process of prosecution of violators of the Federal Government De-activation of operations of Twitter in Nigeria.

“The DPPF is to liase with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, National Communication Communication (NCC) and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay,” the statement sighted by Platforms Africa showed.

Platforms Africa reports that the Nigerian Government on Friday, June 4, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension of the operation of Twitter in Nigeria following the microblogging company’s deletion of what it perceived as provocative Tweets on the Nigerian- Biafran Civil War by President Muhammadu Buhari during the week.

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