The Nigerian government, through the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has ordered the immediate prosecution of Nigerians accessing microblogging platform, Twitter, through a virtual private network (VPN).
The development follows the Friday indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
There have been reports of Nigerian users of the platform bypassing the restriction posed by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with a VPN since the wee hours of Saturday when the suspension order took effect.
A statement by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, ordered for the immediate arrest and prosecution of those still using Twitter after the ban by the Federal government.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, he said:
“Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has directed for immediate prosecution of offenders of the Federal Government ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Malami directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF) 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 opetations of Twitter in Nigeria.
Malami directed the DPPF to liase with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, National Communication Communication (NCC) and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”