– A lawsuit against President Buhari has been filed with an ECOWAS court for his order against the use of Twitter
– The application was submitted on Tuesday, June 8th by SERAP and no fewer than 177 other affected Nigerians
– The Group said the ban on the online platform was a violation of freedom of expression and access to information
President Muhammadu Buhari was in a court of law on Tuesday the 8th Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over the recent ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The lawsuit calling the federal government’s decision illegal was filed by Socio -Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 177 Nigerians, represented by the renowned human rights lawyer and A. ktivist Femi Falana, reports PM News.
The plaintiffs are looking for an injunction to prevent the federal government from implementing the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria Use Twitter in Nigeria for harassment, intimidation, arrest and prosecution pending hearing and decision of the substantive lawsuit. ”The group alleged that it will not be upheld Government sanctions against broadcasters, telecommunications companies, media houses and other citizens who use the social media platform daily, also reported the Premium Times.
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“The free communication of information and ideas on public and political issues between citizens and elected representatives is essential. This requires a free press and other media capable of commenting on public issues without censorship or restrictions and informing public opinion. The public also has a corresponding right to receive media services.
“Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and the full enjoyment of this right is central to the realization of individual freedom and the development of democracy. It is not only the cornerstone of democracy, but indispensable for a flourishing civil society. ”
FG clarifies alleged conditions for lifting the ban
In Meanwhile, the State Department said Monday June 7th that the federal government had not listed any conditions to unblock the Twitter microblogging site in the country.
The statement carried the title: “Clarification of the Honorable Foreign Minister’s comments at his meeting with the Envoys.”