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ABUJA — Beyond instructing all social media platforms and online broadcasting service providers to apply for a broadcast license, the FG is seeking to regulate the media. Although this increases suspicion that the Buhari administration is clamping down on free speech and internet freedom, the minister of information, Lai Mohammed has claimed the regulation of social and online media is the responsibility of his ministry. The minister made his claims while speaking at a public...

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ABUJA — The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday announced the indefinite suspension of the operation of the social media giant, Twitter, in Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who announced the suspension, argued that the micro-blogging platform had become a place where fake news spread like wildfire. He also alleged that the activities of Twitter in Nigeria were suspicious. However, the Buhari administration only suspended the Twitter operation in Nigeria...

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JOS — Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has decried that the use of social media has threatened Nigeria’s democracy. The Governor made the remark on Saturday at the Government House, Jos, noting that some Nigerians were using social media to propagate their personal interests at the detriment of upholding the democratic values of Nigeria. Lalong admonished Nigerians to be responsible, careful and guard the country’s democracy jealously. He noted that the country would not...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government has justified its action of the indefinite suspension of Twitter by giving insights into the several attempts by the microblogging and social networking site to destabilize the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the details on Friday when he featured on a live programme of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), `Good Morning Nigeria’. During the programme monitored by The West African Pilot News, the minister...

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ABUJA — The federal government has directed all broadcast service providers and social media platforms operating within the Nigerian space to apply and obtain a license for their services. Nigeria had banned Twitter in the country and also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction any agency that flouted the directive. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others must now be registered in Nigeria. He...

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ABUJA — The federal government has said the management of Twitter has reached out for a discussion to resolve the issue that led to the suspension of its operations in Nigeria. The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure to state house correspondents after the meeting of the federal executive council (FEC) on Wednesday. The minister said Twitter must be registered as a business entity in Nigeria as that is one of...

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ABUJA — The leading opposition party in Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the United Kingdom, United States, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and other international community members to immediately impose a visa ban on President Muhammadu Buhari for stifling free speech in Nigeria. The PDP said the ban should be extended to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami as well as Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed,...

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ABUJA — The House of Representatives on Tuesday divided over the debate on the legality of the indefinite suspension of the social media giant, Twitter. Lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus staged a walk out of the House sitting when the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, ruled out of order the leader of the party, Kingsley Chinda, in the House on the issue of the Twitter ban by the Federal Government. While welcoming members back...

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LAGOS — The President, Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Mr. Gbenga Adebayo says it had received directives from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator, to suspend access to Twitter. Adebayo made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos, on Saturday, noted that the association wished to confirm that its members had received formal instructions from NCC, the industry regulator, to suspend access to Twitter. The directive...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed all broadcast stations in the country to suspend their Twitter accounts with immediate effect. The NBC maintained that the decision followed the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that threatened the corporate existence of Nigeria The Government directed the broadcast stations to “de-install Twitter handles and desist from using...

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