NIGERIA RIGHTS GROUP SUES AUTHORITIES OVER THE AGREEMENT WITH TWITTER

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a Nigerian rights group, has filed a lawsuit against the President at the Federal High Court (Lagos) over the government’s failure to publish a copy of the agreement recently signed between the federal government and social media giant Twitter. The rights group joined the country’s minister of information and culture, as a respondent in the lawsuit.

The federal government indefinitely suspended Twitter following the removal of the President’s tweet for violating rules of service. The tweet referred to the 1967 Nigerian Civil War and suggested that it might be appropriate to inflict violence upon regional secessionist groups. Subsequently, SERAP filed a lawsuit against the ban, alleging that it violated the citizens’ human rights. The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States is scheduled to decide this week whether to go ahead and make a ruling on this issue.

The Nigerian government lifted the ban after signing an agreement with Twitter. Following the agreement, Twitter agreed to open a local office and work with the federal government for developing a code of conduct. The federal government stated that Twitter agreed to “act with a respectful acknowledgment of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built.”

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