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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 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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ABUJA — Following the suspension of Nigeria’s space by the Federal Government, Nigerians have opted for the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to continue their online activities. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had on Friday announced the suspension of the social media platform’s operation in Nigeria. The ban according to the minister is based on the action of the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s...

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has urged Nigerians to beware of a widespread malicious email campaign undertaken by a hacking group, Nobelium. NITDA warned that the group is masquerading as the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Mrs. Hadiza Umar, NITDA Cooperate Affairs and External Relations’ Head gave the warning in a statement she issued late on Sunday in Abuja. Umar said the malicious group, uncovered by Microsoft Company, had been discovered to...

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has said Nigerians will have to submit their phones’ International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) to it from July. The NCC said this in its Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration. The move of the NCC to start the implementation of the Device Management System (a Centralized Equipment Identity Register) has the support of President Muhammadu Buhari. Part of the policy read, “Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has...

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The deadline for NIN-SIM registration has been extended for another eight weeks. The extension was approved by the federal government to enable telecom subscribers link their NIN to their sim cards without any last-minute hitch according to Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy. A joint statement by the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Identity Management Commission confirmed that Isa made the announcement during a virtual meeting. The announcement makes it the...

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Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo has said that the Federal Government is to reconvene the Technology and Creativity Advisory Council on policies that would support the ecosystem for ICT startups in the country. Osibanjo said this on Thursday, at the Startup and Developer virtual event organized by Google, with the theme “ The African Start-up Ecosystem Opportunity’’, in Abuja Represented by Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Osibanjo identified...

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