Lawyer sues Lai Mohammed, Malami over Twitter ban

Following the ban of the microblogging platform in Nigeria by the federal government and the threat to prosecute its users, a Nigerian lawyer has sued Lai Mohammed and Malami for the unconstitutional ban

Inibehe Effiong, a human rights lawyer, has sued the Federal Government, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), for suspending Twitter.

Effiong is seeking nine reliefs in the originating action, along with a permanent injunction restricting the defendants from further suspending, deactivating, or blocking the operation and accessibility of Twitter or any other social media site in Nigeria.

Effiong requested the court to rule that Malami and Mohammed’s threat of prosecution¬†against Nigerians who break Twitter’s suspension or restriction, notwithstanding the lack of any written law, is unlawful.

The activist urged that the court ruled that the defendant’s action in suspending the operation and accessibility of Twitter in Nigeria without any written statute that is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society authorizing the said suspension is unconstitutional and unacceptable.

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