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NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT CLAIMS IT HAS NOT PREVENTED ANYONE FROM USING TWITTER

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By Aishat Momoh. O

Despite the fact that Twitter’s activities in Nigeria have been suspended, the Nigerian government claims it has not prevented anyone from utilizing the social media platform.

In response to an originating petition filed by human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong, who is suing the government over the constitutionality of imposing a Twitter suspension in Nigeria, Nigeria’s attorney-general Abubakar Malami and the government made the assertion in a counter-affidavit they deposed to.

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The suspension of Twitter was not an abuse of human rights, according to an affidavit deposed on behalf of the government by one Ilop Lawrence, because Nigerians continued to use the service notwithstanding the ban.

After telecommunications and internet service providers barred access to the social media platform, many Nigerians are defying the suspension order by using virtual private networks.

The government’s counsel stated that “the petitioner (Effiong) and the class he purports to represent can still run those Twitter accounts from anywhere in the globe, including Nigeria.”

“Nigerians are still tweeting, even now, because the Twitter ban isn’t intended to intimidate Nigerians or limit their ability to express themselves.

“The respondents (Federal Government and AGF) have never prevented the applicant (Effiong) and the class of people he wishes to represent from expressing their thoughts, gaining access to government information, and making constructive criticism when necessary.”

The lawyer (Effiong), requested the court to declare Malami’s threat of criminal prosecution against Nigerians who violated Twitter’s suspension or ban as unconstitutional.

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