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Huge Blow for FG as ECOWAS Court Issues Order Against Twitter Ban

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has issued an order restraining President Muhammadu Buhari administration from prosecuting any Nigerian for using Twitter.

The court issued the order on Tuesday, June 22, following the suit filed against the government by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 176 concerned Nigerians over the Twitter ban in the country.

SERAP disclosed via its Facebook page that the interim injunction issued by the court stated that the government should obey the order pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

The injunction read that it was:

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Restraining the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and its agents from unlawfully imposing sanctions or doing anything whatsoever to harass, intimidate, arrest or prosecute Twitter and/or any other social media service provider(s), media houses, radio and television broadcast stations, the Plaintiffs and other Nigerians who are Twitter users, pending the hearing and determination of this suit.”

Meanwhile, President Buhari has approved the composition of the federal government’s team to engage with Twitter over the suspension of the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in Nigeria.

– LegitNG

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