The federal government of Nigerian through the office of Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Saturday June 4th has directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation to begin immediate prosecution of those who violate the order which suspend Twitter operations in Nigeria.
This was made known by AGF’s spokesperson, Umar Gwandu in a statement titled, ‘Twitter ban: Malami orders prosecution of offenders.’ which directed Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy as well as Nigeria communication commission NCC to join force with other relevant agency to ensure speedy prosecution of offenders
The statement read as:
“Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has directed the immediate prosecution of offenders of the Federal Government 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 serious 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 and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”
The Federal Government had on Friday ordered all internet service providers to suspend Twitter which led many Nigerians search for any means of accessing the the Micro-blogging site and found the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) useful to shake the ban.