The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has reportedly sued President Muhammadu Buhari, over plan to track, intercept and monitor WhatsApp messages, phone calls, and text messages of Nigerians and other people.
According to reports, SERAP petitioning the court to declare such plan by the current administration, as illegal and unconstitutional.
The lawyers stated that, "any monitoring of WhatsApp messages, phone calls and text messages is oppressive and draconian, because it threatens and violates Articles 17 and 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Nigeria is a state party; Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; as well as sections 37 and 39 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution.
They maintained that, such plan is an arbitrary interference into respect for family & private life and that, it also fails to meet the requirements of legality, necessity, and proportionality.
Reports gathered that, the suit followed the proposal in the Supplementary Appropriation Act signed in July 2021 to spend 4.87 billion naira to monitor private calls and messages.
Joined in the suit as Respondents are: the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN): and Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.
This is a developing story, as more information is made available, this article will be updated.
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