SERAP has threatened to sue FG over the suspension of its Twitter account.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, a civil society organization, has threatened to sue the Federal Government of Nigeria over the suspension of Twitter activities in Nigeria. The PUNCH previously reported that the Minister of Communication, Lai Mohammed, declared the suspension of Twitter activities via an official statement on Friday.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has suspended Twitter’s “operations” in Nigeria..
“The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement made in Abuja on Friday, citing the platform’s persistent usage for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,” according to the statement. However, investigations by our correspondent revealed that Twitter was still operational in Nigeria at the time of reporting this story, with users still able to use the network. The minister’s statement also did not specify when the ban would be implemented.
This suspension did not sit well with SERAP, who saw the Twitter ban as a danger to human rights. SERAP said in a statement on Friday, “We’re suing Nigerian authorities over their illegal indefinite shutdown of Twitter in Nigeria.”
“Nigerians have a right to free expression and access to information, including online, and we intend to fight to protect that right. We’ll see in court, Nigeria.”