ECOWAS court nullifies Nigerian government Twitter ban order
The Nigerian government is under heat by ECOWAS for the Twitter ban.
The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria, ruled in favor of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)and 176 other people who filed a lawsuit against the Nigerian government and has proceeded to issue a restraining order that prevents the Nigerian government from arresting citizens who are still using Twitter despite the nationwide ban.
It is said that the activists were led to filing the lawsuit because Nigeria’s attorney general stated in an address to the citizens that citizens who were found with the Twitter app on their phones would be prosecuted.
Since the Twitter ban became effective in Nigeria on June 5th, 2021, a minimum of three lawsuits has been filed against the Nigerian government.
It was also said that Twitter reached out to the Nigerian government in order to discuss a possible resolution that will lead to the restoration of the use of the app by Nigerians and certain ministers have been put in charge of seeing that process through.
There is still no definite knowledge about if and when the Twitter ban in Nigeria will be lifted.