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It's Malami's prerogative to prosecute Adeboye, Kumuyi for violating Twitter ban - Lai Mohammed


Minister of information, Lai Mohammed has somehow charged the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, to carry out his threat of prosecuting Nigerians violating the Twitter ban, including pastors, Enoch Adeboye and William Kumuyi.

Mohammed, in an interview with BBC Africa Focus on Monday, said Malami, has the prerogative to decide who to prosecute for still using the social media platform despite its operations being suspended in Nigeria.

Since the federal government announced the suspension on Friday, Nigerians have been accessing Twitter through VPNs and other means.

Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God had defied the ban while described tweeting as being in accordance with Article 19 of the UN universal declaration of human rights.

The cleric tweeted, "The Redeemed Christian Church of God is domiciled in more than 170 Nations & Territories. The tweets here are in accordance to Article 19 of the UN universal declaration of Human Rights."

Also, Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Bible Church have been tweeting on defiance of the Twitter ban in the country. 

On Monday, the clergyman said tweets shared on his page are targeted at a global audience in more than 5 continents and over 100 Nations.

“In view of the Twitter ban in Nigeria, please note that the content shared on this handle is targeted at a global audience in more than 5 continents and over 100 Nations and we share the content from any of these locations,” he tweeted.

Apart from the clergymen, other top personalities and government officials including former minister Oby Ezekwesili, Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, and former Ekiti state governor Ayodele Fayose, have been posting on the social media network since the ban.

But Mohammed, in the interview with BBC, responding to a question about Adeboye's violation of the ban, insisted Twitter threatens the corporate existence of Nigeria. 

"The attorney-general has made it clear that if anyone violates the regulation, that such person will be prosecuted. I think it is the right of the attorney-general to decide who to prosecute,” he said

"The government has suspended indefinitely, the operations of Twitter in Nigeria because of the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence and the government

“Also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licencing all social media operations in Nigeria,” he also said during the interview.

On Saturday, Malami ordered the arrest and prosecution of anyone found using the social media platform.

But with millions of Nigerians still using the service, human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, has asked the government to build more prisons.

The ban on Twitter came two days after the App deleted a controversial post made by President Muhammadu Buhari, in which he made reference to the Nigerian Civil War, which many Nigerians described as a threat for another human rights violations.

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