Twitter Ban: SERAP, 176 Concerned Nigerians Drag FG to ECOWAS Court

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has dragged the Federal Government to the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice over the suspension of microblogging site, Twitter.

SERAP filed the suit in conjunction with 176 concerned Nigerians.

The suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21 was filed on Tuesday by Solicitor to SERAP and human rights activist, Femi Falana, SAN.

The organisation in the suit argued that the “suspension of Twitter is aimed at intimidating and stopping Nigerians from using Twitter and other social media platforms to assess government policies, expose corruption, and criticize acts of official impunity by the agents of the Federal Government.”

The plaintiffs therefore prayed the court to grant an order of interim injunction “restraining the Federal Government from implementing its suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and subjecting anyone including media houses, broadcast stations using Twitter in Nigeria, to harassment, intimidation, arrest and criminal prosecution, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”

SERAP further argued that “if this application is not urgently granted, the Federal Government will continue to arbitrarily suspend Twitter and threaten to impose criminal and other sanctions on Nigerians, telecommunication companies, media houses, broadcast stations and other people using Twitter in Nigeria, the perpetual order sought in this suit might be rendered nugatory.”

The Federal Government has suspended Twitter indefinitely citing persistent use of the platform for activities that threaten the corporate existence of the country.

The decision has attracted condemnation from Nigerians while the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada and the EU have all faulted the ban.

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