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"Twitter Ban is not an infringement on the rights of Nigerians" - Abubakar Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that the suspension of Twitter by the Federal Government is not an infringement on the rights of Nigerians.

Mr Malami said this at the Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, in a counter affidavit in response to an originating motion filed by Mr Inibehe Effiong, one of the human rights lawyers in the country.

Following the Federal Government's suspension of Twitter Operation in Nigeria on June 4, 2021 and subsequent threat by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to prosecute Nigerians still using the platform, Mr Inibehe Effiong, asked the Federal High Court to declare as illegal the threat of criminal prosecution by Malami and Lai Muhammed against Nigerians who violate the suspension of Twitter despite the absence of any written law.

Mr Inibehe Effiong, sued the Federal Government, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Muhammed and the Attoney General and Minister of Justice, for suspending the social media platform.

In an affidavit on behalf of the Federal Government, the Attorney General of the Federation, said that the suspension of Twitter was not an abuse of human rights because Nigerians are still using Twitter.

It read, " The applicant (Effiong) and the class he seems to represent can still operate those Twitter accounts from anywhere in the world and even from Nigeria. Nigerians are still tweeting even at this moment as the ban on Twitter is not aimed at intimidating Nigerians or an infringement on the rights of Nigerians to express their opinion".

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