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BREAKING: SERAP, Falana drag Buhari govt to ECOWAS Court over Twitter ban

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The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Challenge (SERAP) and 176 involved Nigerians have filed a lawsuit towards President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over “the illegal suspension of Twitter in Nigeria”.

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The candidates are towards the criminalization of Nigerians utilizing Twitter and the escalating repression of human rights, rights to freedom of expression, entry to info, and media freedom.

Following the deletion of Buhari’s tweet, Info Minister, Lai Mohammed final week introduced the ban of Twitter operations.

The federal government has threatened to arrest and prosecute anybody utilizing Twitter, whereas the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) requested all broadcast stations to droop the usage of the social media platform.

The go well with No ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21 was filed immediately earlier than the ECOWAS Neighborhood Court docket of Justice in Abuja.

SERAP and the involved Nigerians are looking for: “An order of interim injunction restraining the Federal Authorities from implementing its suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and subjecting anybody together with media homes, broadcast stations utilizing Twitter in Nigeria, to harassment, intimidation, arrest and felony prosecution, pending the listening to and dedication of the substantive go well with.”

Within the go well with filed by Solicitor to SERAP, Femi Falana (SAN), the plaintiffs contend that if the appliance just isn’t urgently granted, federal authorities will proceed to arbitrarily droop Twitter.

They stated the Buhari authorities was on the verge of slamming felony costs and fines towards telecommunication firms, media homes, broadcast stations and others.

The go well with learn partly: “The suspension of Twitter is aimed toward stopping Nigerians from utilizing Twitter and different social media platforms to evaluate authorities insurance policies, expose corruption, and criticize acts of official impunity.

“The free communication of knowledge and concepts about public and political points between residents and elected representatives is important.

“This means a free press and different media in a position to touch upon public points with out censor or restraints and to tell public opinion. The general public additionally has a corresponding proper to obtain media output.

“Freedom of expression is a basic human proper and the total enjoyment is central to reaching particular person freedom and to growing democracy. It’s not solely the cornerstone of democracy however indispensable to a thriving civil society.”

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