ECOWAS Court Stops FG From Prosecuting Nigerians For Using Twitter




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The ECOWAS Court in Abuja has stopped the Federal government from prosecuting Nigerians who use the microblogging platform, Twitter after it was suspended.

In a landmark ruling today , the court “restrained the government of and its agents from unlawfully imposing sanctions or doing anything whatsoever to harass, intimidate, arrest or prosecute Twitter and/or any other social media service provider(s), media houses, radio and television broadcast stations, the Plaintiffs and other Nigerians who are Twitter users, pending the hearing and determination of this suit.”

The ruling followed the suit filed against the government by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 176 concerned Nigerians arguing “the unlawful suspension of Twitter in , criminalization of Nigerians and other people using Twitter have escalated repression of human rights and unlawfully restricted the rights of Nigerians and other people to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom in the country.”

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