Following the recent government ban on Twitter, a microblogging site, the Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operations of Nigeria (ALTON) has issued an official statement, denying any wrong doing.
Nigerians woke up on Saturday to find out that they could no longer access their Twitter accounts, as all links to the platform either by mobile application or web browser, have been blocked by Internet Service Providers (ISP).
According to the official statement issued by the association, on Saturday, telecommunications companies confirmed that they recieved direct instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to suspend all access to Twitter in the country.
The statement, which was signed by the Chairman of the association, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo and the its Executive Secretary, Gbolahan Awonuga, insisted that based on the Nigeria Communications Act, 2003, and under licence terms which guides the industry, telecommunications companies acted in compliance with the NCC's directives.
Check out the statement below:
This is coming on the heels of the backlash which greeted comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari via his Twitter handle during the week, where he allegedly threatened agitators who were destroying government facilities in the South-Eastern region.
Some sections of the country's online populace found the comments offensive and reported the President to the management of Twitter, who in response deleted the post for violating the platform's user policy.
This sparked an uproar within government as Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed accused the microblogging platform of nursing an agenda against Nigeria's unity.
Twitter has now been banned from the country, as Nigerians have been denied access to the social media platform.
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