Nigerian Gov’t orders prosecution of persons using VPN to access Twitter

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Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has on Saturday, ordered the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation to commence immediate prosecution of those who infringe the Nigerian Government’s order suspending Twitter operations in Nigeria.

Malami’s spokesman, Umar Gwandu, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Twitter ban: Malami orders prosecution of offenders.’

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The Nigerian Government had on Friday ordered all internet service providers to suspend Twitter. However, many Nigerians resorted to using Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to bypass the ban.

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The statement read: “Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has directed the immediate prosecution of offenders of the Federal Government’s ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.

“Malami directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation at the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to swing into action and commence in earnest the process of prosecution of violators of the Federal Government de-activation of operations of Twitter in Nigeria.

“Malami directed the DPPF to liaise with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”

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