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TWITTER BAN: Court adjourns hearing of NBA suit against FG, AGF, others, till Oct 4

The Federal High Court, Lagos, has adjourned till October 4 hearing of suit filed by Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) seeking, among other things, a declaration that the ban or suspension of Twitter, a microblogging site, by the federal government is unlawful.

NBA is also seeking a declaration that the ban affects the business, employment and economic activities of lawyers and Nigerians generally and an order of the Federal High Court mandating all mobile network and internet service providers to unblock the use of the microblogging and social media site.

The respondents in the matter signed by NBA’s 7 member legal team are the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Minister of Information and the Nigerian Communications Commission as 1st to 4th defendants.

The NBA had on June 18, 2021, filed an action at the Federal High Court (Lagos Judicial Division) challenging the constitutionality and overall legality of the said policies and directives of the Federal Government, following the ban on the use of Twitter, the threat to prosecute Twitter users and the overall constriction of civic space by policies and directives of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies.

In the suit, the NBA is seeking, among other things, a declaration that the ban or suspension of the microblogging site is unlawful as well as a declaration that any prosecution of users of the site will be unconstitutional.

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