Following the June 2021 twitter ban in the country which led to a nationwide protest, human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong filed a suit challenging the suspension of the social media site in Nigeria.
In suit marked FHC/L/CS/542/2021, pleaded with the court to order a perpetual injunction refraining the federal government from suspending or banning the operation and accessibility of Twitter in Nigeria because the act violated his human rights. He also asked the court to declare illegal, the threat by the government to prosecute anyone using the platform.
In its response, the federal government through the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami told the Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, July 22 that the ban did not constitute any human rights violation as citizens were free to use other social media platforms like facebook, linkedin, whatsapp, etc.
On prosecution, the federal government said it was aware that some people were still using twitter and that it was not stopping them.
The government also made it clear that twitter will be reinstated once it registers with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and the corporate affairs commission.
Meanwhile according to calculations on NetBlocks website tool, it was gathered that daily, the country loses N2.17 billion due to the shutdown of twitter. The loss is spread across active users monetizing the microblogging platform, some of which are influencers, musicians, actors and actresses, media organizations, artisans, amongst others.
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