FG suspends Twitter operations ‘indefinitely’ in Nigeria

The Federal Government of Nigeria has suspended the operations of microblogging and social networking platform, Twitter, indefinitely in Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

The Ministry confirmed news of Twitter’s suspension in a post made via its official Twitter handle on Friday, June 4.

The announcement of Twitter’s ban in Nigeria comes a few days after the platform flagged President Buhari’s speech about the Biafran War as “abusive” and deleted it.

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