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SERAP sues FG over Twitter ban directive to broadcast stations

By Silver Nwokoro
21 June 2021   |   3:06 am
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja against the Federal Government and Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja against the Federal Government and Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for directing television and radio stations to delete their Twitter accounts.

The suit followed the order by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) asking all broadcast outfits to immediately suspend patronage of the social media giant after it recently deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet.

In the suit numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/496/2021 and filed at the weekend by its lawyers, Kolawole Oluwadare, Kehinde Oyewumi and Opeyemi Owolabi, the group is seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the current administration and the regulator from “censoring, regulating, licensing and controlling the social media operations and contents by broadcast stations and activities of social media service providers in Nigeria.”

No date has been fixed for hearing of the case.