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Nigeria Bans Twitter After President’s Tweet Was Deleted

The government of Nigeria alleges that Twitter was being used to undermine "Nigeria's corporate existence".

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Nigeria has banned the microblogging site Twitter while the government will prosecute anyone found to have breached the country’s ban.

The development comes after Twitter deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari for breaching the site’s rules.

President’s tweet had threatened secessionist groups in the southeast who had been responsible for attacks on government offices.

In a statement, Justice Minister Abubakar Malami said he had “directed for the immediate prosecution of offenders of the Federal Government ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria”, telling the public prosecutor to “swing into action”.

A spokesman for Mr. Malami, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu,  in a statement on Saturday reported by Nigerian news media, said that prosecutors had been directed to “swing into action” and “ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”


Meanwhile, Twitter in a statement issued on Saturday said that it was “deeply concerned” by Nigeria’s action and would work to restore access “for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world.”

As being reported mobile phone networks blocked access to the site which is used by millions of Nigerians, after being ordered to do so, however, some users are getting around the ban.

 

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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.