Senate suspends public hearing on Social Media Bill till next year.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters has suspended further legislative actions on the controversial anti-social media bill sponsored by Senator Musa Sani till January next year.

Investigations by our correspondent revealed that the decision was not unconnected with the mixed feelings expressed by members of the 14-member Senate panel during their maiden meeting on the issue. The members are all lawyers.

The senators were said to have cautioned themselves and stressed the need to ensure a wide consultation on the issue.

They agreed to make sure that voices of all critical stakeholders connected to the proposed legislation were adequately captured and represented in their report.

Although the deadline given the committee by the leadership of the Senate to submit its report would elapse this week, members of the panel who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity said they were not in a hurry to work on the bill.

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