PDP reps vow to drag FG to court over Twitter ban

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Lawmakers under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives have announced plans to sue the federal government over the Twitter ban.

The lawmakers urged the Federal Government to reverse its ban on the social media network, else it will approach the courts.

Kingsley Chinda, the leader of the caucus in the House revealed the plan on Sunday in a press statement.

It would be recalled that the government announced the ban on Friday via a statement by the Ministry of Information and Culture.

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Many believe that the decision by the government to suspend Twitter is linked to the deletion of a controversial tweet by President Muhamadu.

The presidency had, however, said the decision to suspend Twitter was to prevent violence.

The government also announced plans to commence registration of all social media companies operating in the country.

Chinda said the government is using the backdoor to bring back the “social media bill.”

“We also call on the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to immediately rescind its directive to the NBC to begin the licensing of social media operators in the country, having regard to the absence of any enabling legislative framework for such directive.

“We hereby give you NOTICE that in the event of the failure, refusal and or neglect of the Federal Government to withdraw, reverse and/or cease the implementation of these oppressive and unconstitutional actions, we shall be constrained to institute legal proceedings at the appropriate judicial venue within the shortest possible time,” the statement reads in part.

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