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Reps to investigate Twitter ban

The Speaker of the house of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, says the house will ensure that the regulatory and enforcement actions placed on the social media platform Twitter by the government are in accordance with the laws of the land.

The Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila stated this while addressing the members on resumption of plenary after a two-week break.

The Speaker stated that the house has since the announcement been inundated with comments about the decision, requests for intervention and criticism.

Mr Gbajabiamila said the House recognises that Twitter, like other social media networks, is an important tool for communication and commerce in Nigeria, particularly amongst the younger generation who have used these networks for enterprise and innovation with great success.

The Speaker, also recognises that as social media has been a tool for good, it can also be a tool for bad actors and as such, the government has a legitimate interest in ensuring that these platforms are not used to commit vile actions against individuals and the State.

According to him, while twitter has been an important means of communication and business for younger generation of Nigerians, the government has a responsibility to ensure it is not used to undermine national security.

Mr Gbajabiamila said the House would make sure that regulatory and enforcement actions by the government are in accordance with the laws of the land.

He mandated the house committees on Communication, Justice, Information and Culture, and National Security and Intelligence to immediately commence an investigation into the matter.

The Speaker added that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, will also be invited to brief the House on the decision.

Meanwhile, the Speaker says the house is to begin consideration of Bills aimed at reforming the country’s National Security.

This according to him, was to address the issues of overlapping mandates resulting in inter-agency rivalry and lack of cooperation amongst the security agencies.

IBRAHIM SHEHU

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