SERAP Drags Buhari To ECOWAS Court Over Twitter Ban, Hires Falana As Solicitor

Civil society organization, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project; and 176 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against the government of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja over the government’s ban of the microblogging platform, Twitter, aso Naija reports.

The suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21 was filed on Tuesday by Solicitor to SERAP and human rights activist, Femi Falana, SAN.

SERAP also disagreed that the “suspension of Twitter is aimed at intimidating and stopping Nigerians from using Twitter and other social media platforms to analyze government policies, expose corruption, and criticize acts of official exemption by the agents of the Federal Government.”

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In the suit, SERAP and the concerned Nigerians attempted to find “An order of interim injunction restraining the Federal Government from implementing its suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and subjecting anyone including media houses, broadcast stations using Twitter in Nigeria, to harassment, intimidation, arrest and criminal prosecution, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”

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