Nigerian govt lists #EndSARS among reasons for banning Twitter


The Federal Government has named last year’s #EndSARS as one of the reasons for banning Twitter.

On Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated this while making a presentation to the House of Representatives Joint Investigative Committee on Twitter Suspension.

“Twitter raised funds for the EndSARS protesters before it was hijacked,” Mohammed alleged.

The Minister said Section 45 of the Constitution leaves no one in doubt that the provisions of Section 39 of the Constitution on Freedom of Expression are not absolute.

Mohammed noted that the rights to Freedom of Expression on the Twitter platform is further qualified by Section 45 of the Constitution in light of the provisions of Section 5(1) and (2) of the Terrorism Act of 2011.

He said Twitter did not abide by Nigeria’s Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 (the Act).

The law provides that if a foreign company fails to take necessary steps to obtain incorporation, such shall not carry on business in Nigeria or exercise any powers of a registered company.

Mohammed said the operations of Twitter in the Nigerian social space is not legally permissible when it is used in the airing of information that endangers the life and security of the majority of citizens of Nigeria.

The Minister insisted that the government is empowered to take all necessary measures, including suspension of Twitter or any other social media, to protect Nigeria’s critical infrastructure from a cyber-threat or attack.

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