Twitter ban: Malami’ll decide prosecution of Adeboye, Kumuyi, others, says Lai Mohammed

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Minister Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the Attorney-General the Federation and Minister , Abubakar Malami, SAN, decide whether or not to prosecute the the Redeemed Christian Church God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; the Founder and General Superintendent Deeper Christian Life Ministry Worldwide, Pastor William Kumuyi; as well as other violators of the ban by the Federal Government.

Mohammed made this known on Monday evening during an interview with BBC News Africa monitored by The PUNCH.

Adeboye, in a tweet on Monday, had said his church is present in over 170 countries and tweeting is in accordance with Article 19 the United Nations Universal Declaration Rights.

Hours later, Kumuyi also tweeted his church has branches across over 100 countries and five continents hence it can tweet from anywhere in the world.

When asked specifically whether the government would prosecute Kumuyi and Adeboye for defying its ban, the minister said, “The Attorney-General has made it clear if anybody violates the regulation such a person be prosecuted and this is not about any particular person. It is in the realm of the Attorney-General to decide who or who not to prosecute.”

The regime of , General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has been under fire since last Friday for suspending the operations of the microblogging site after deleted a controversial civil war post by the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

The United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Canada have criticised the Federal Government for infringing on the fundamental rights of Nigerians.

But Mohammed said there would be no rights if the country goes on fire.

“It is because there is a country called they have rights at all. If the country goes on fire, and there is insecurity everywhere, then, there be no rights for anybody,” he said.

When confronted by the interviewer that there is already insecurity in , the minister said, “Of course, there is.”

“Are we supposed to use Twitter to increase insecurity?” Mohammed asked, adding that agents of destruction have chosen Twitter as a platform to destabilise the corporate existence of .

Though mobile network operators in the West African country with over 200 million population have blocked customers from accessing Twitter in compliance with the government’s directive, some Nigerians including Kaduna , Nasir , continue to dare the government by tweeting through Virtual Private Networks, leaving the police in confusion on how to arrest the hundreds of thousands of violators.