SERAP and 176 other Nigerians file lawsuit against FG at ECOWAS court

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 176 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over “the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, the illegality of Nigerians and other Twitter users, and the escalating repression of human rights, notably the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and association.”

In the petition filed by solicitor to SERAP, Femi Falana, the plaintiffs contend that “if this application is not urgently granted, the Federal Government will continue to arbitrarily suspend Twitter and threaten to impose criminal and other sanctions on Nigerians, telecommunication companies, media houses, broadcast stations and other people using Twitter in Nigeria, the perpetual order sought in this suit might be rendered nugatory.”

The petition said, in part: “The suspension of Twitter is aimed at intimidating and stopping Nigerians from using Twitter and other social media platforms to assess government policies, expose corruption, and criticize acts of official impunity by the agents of the Federal Government.

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.