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SERAP sues Buhari, others over plan to monitor WhatsApp messages, phone calls



The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Mission (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit in opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging the courtroom to “declare unlawful and unconstitutional the plan by the current administration to trace, intercept and monitor WhatsApp messages, telephone calls, and textual content messages of Nigerians and different folks.”

In line with SERAP, it severely threatens and violates the proper to the preservation of privateness.

The swimsuit adopted the proposal within the Supplementary Appropriation Act signed in July 2021 to spend N4.87 billions to watch non-public calls and messages.

The quantity was a part of the N895.8billion supplementary funds accredited by the Nationwide Meeting.

Within the swimsuit quantity FHC/ABJ/CS/1240/2021 filed on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja final Friday, SERAP is searching for: “an order of perpetual injunction restraining President Buhari and some other authority, individuals or group of individuals from unlawfully monitoring the WhatsApp messages, telephone calls and textual content messages of Nigerians and different folks.”


The swimsuit was filed by SERAP’s attorneys, Kehinde Oyewumi and Kolawole Oluwadare.

The swimsuit partly learn, “The Buhari administration has authorized obligations to guard Nigerians and different folks in opposition to arbitrary interference and violations of their human rights. Monitoring of WhatsApp messages, telephone calls and textual content messages would grant free rein to authorities businesses to conduct mass surveillance of communications of individuals.”

Joined within the swimsuit as Respondents are Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Legal professional Normal of the Federation and Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Price range and Nationwide Planning.

Nevertheless, the date for the listening to of the swimsuit has not been mounted but.

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