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Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by ChangetheChange: 10:40am On Jun 11
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has made a u-turn in his threat against Nigerians who make use of Twitter despite the Federal government suspension of the microblogging site.

In a chat with Vanguard on Thursday, Malami said his office will not be prosecuting Nigerians residing in or out the country who are making use of the platform but will go after any company or entity that offers to help Twitter bypass the suspension of its operations in the country.

Reacting during the interview, Malami said it is within the right of Nigerians as citizens of a democratic country to make use of Twitter but the Federal government is only against those who help Twitter beat the suspension.

He said, “It is within their guaranteed fundamental right to tweet from anywhere in the world. Nigeria, being a democratic nation, cannot stop its citizens from exercising their rights of freedom of expression.

“But our position on Twitter is clear: Anyone, whether individual or corporate institution that enables Twitter to circumvent the ban the Federal Government of Nigeria placed on the company, will be prosecuted.

“Our statement outlining our position on June 1, 2021 did not ask the DPP to prosecute Nigerians using Twitter or any social media platform to express their view. But we are going to use the legal instruments at our disposal to go after those who aid and abet Twitter to continue to threaten our corporate existence as a nation.

“At no time did we threaten any religious leader for using Twitter to express themselves. Neither did we indicate in any way that we were going after them. But mischief-makers were quick to mention names of religious leaders and give the impression that we were already in court to try them.

Malami further said that the Buhari-led administration against popular opinion is a people-centric government that enables human right; hence Nigerians have committed no offence by tweeting.

“Let it be made clear that the Buhari administration being a people-centred government that relies on the rule of law, will never adopt any policy or programme that seeks to add pain or injury to the very people who elected it to serve them.

“For the record, let it be made amply clear that the AGF, Abubakar Malami, is not after any Nigerian, tweeting from Nigeria or anywhere in the world but that any Nigerian company or entity that gives a helping hand for Twitter to escape the ban placed on it, will be dealt with,” Malami added.

It must however be said that the recent statement of the Attorney-General is a sharp contrast to his earlier threat made barely 24 hours after the ban was announced by Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

According to the statement, Malami said he had “directed for immediate prosecution of offenders of the federal government ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria”, telling the public prosecutor to “swing into action”.

He reiterated his threat of prosecuting Nigerians who have continued to use Twitter as recently as Tuesday when he spoke in an interview with Committee to Protect Journalists.

“The essence of the law is to achieve stability in the country” and prosecution “will serve as a deterrence to others,” he said.

However his surprising u-turn can be connected to the Attorney-General disregarding his own threat and logging into Twitter via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) despite the ban to deactivate his account.

Also, a lot of Nigerians who have continued tweeting have contested the legality of the directive that is not backed by any law or an executive order.

It is also unclear which organisations the Attorney General is saying because the majority of Twitter users have bypassed the restriction of access to Twitter by switching on the VPN on their phone or installing third parties VPN.

https://newswirengr.com/2021/06/11/malami-makes-u-turn-says-federal-government-would-not-prosecute-nigerians-who-tweet/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by ChangetheChange: 10:43am On Jun 11
Fear catch Malami the amajiri lawyer.
Buhari government is feeling the heat on Twitter, they are beginning to soft pedal after their intial gra gra

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Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Atteraino(m): 10:46am On Jun 11
Unserious set of fools
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Kuceeh: 10:47am On Jun 11
Interesting
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Xscape1993(m): 10:48am On Jun 11
Confusion everywhere in this government.
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by drightguy(m): 10:54am On Jun 11
Wondering how he wanted to achieve that.
Silent should be better than saying much.
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Finnese001: 11:03am On Jun 11
Their wahala

Congrats to me, cash out on Friday morning ain't bad though
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by orikoku: 11:05am On Jun 11
The fear of ban. Thanks to Almighty america
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Mangekyo: 11:05am On Jun 11
Stupid man. He's afraid of USA

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Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Vulcanheph(m): 11:08am On Jun 11
orikoku:
The fear of ban. Thanks to Almighty america
No mind them.... All of them are afraid of US Bank Because that's where all the stolen loots are hidden.
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Canvass: 11:10am On Jun 11
Still not making sense. You are not against the use of Twitter but against those that facilitates the use of Twitter. Are you saying you after VPN creators, service providers, phone makers or software engineers that help install VPN for Twitter use?

AGF Malami should be 'amply clear' about who his new law is after exactly. There shouldn't be any ambiguity in your hurriedly
enacted law.

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Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by ShenTeh(m): 11:18am On Jun 11
Eventually, this rudderless APC government will relax the Twitter ban with their talk-before-you-think attitude but would have destroyed alot of bridges and further thin out its narrow international repute
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Mexzy4sho(m): 11:29am On Jun 11
Werey!!!!

Going back and forth with your statements by a Federal Official shows incapacity in your area of work.

What's the next thing they will deny now??
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Racoon(m): 11:33am On Jun 11
A glorified idiot who accidentally found himself in the corridors of power as the AG of a country courtesy of a tyrannt.So Jack is still winning this battle without have any correspondence with the useless government as the lori iro Lai Mohammed is lying he is doing? Thunder fire all of una.
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by fuckingAyaya(m): 11:33am On Jun 11
The fear of US. sanction is the beginning of wisdom

Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Gadaluck(m): 11:57am On Jun 11
Finnese001:
Their wahala

Congrats to me, cash out on Friday morning ain't bad though

That's watsup bro... Congrats!
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Finnese001: 3:23pm On Jun 11
Gadaluck:


That's watsup bro... Congrats!


Thanks my boss, longest time
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Gadaluck(m): 4:29pm On Jun 11
Finnese001:



Thanks my boss, longest time

Yes bro, e don really tey. How the music dey go?
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by fourboys: 4:31pm On Jun 11
Na ogas dey boldly use Twitter na grin grin grin
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Mikecold: 4:59pm On Jun 11
Canvass:
Still not making sense. You are not against the use of Twitter but against those that facilitates the use of Twitter. Are you saying you after VPN creators, service providers, phone makers or software engineers that help install VPN for Twitter use?

AGF Malami should be 'amply clear' about who his new law is after exactly. There shouldn't be any ambiguity in your hurriedly
enacted law.
The only thing helping Nigerians circumvent the ban is VPN

Maybe he wants to arrest VPN creators who are not in Nigeria or in Nigeria cyberspace

Or maybe he is also talking of arresting Google play who houses the VPN apps

Oops he forgets if he bans Google and it's services from Nigeria then the Androids phone millions are using including him becomes useless

Dumb aboki with shallow brain

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Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Finnese001: 5:48pm On Jun 11
Gadaluck:


Yes bro, e don really tey. How the music dey go?


Fine boss, we dey push am

How your side my chairman?
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Gadaluck(m): 6:08pm On Jun 11
Finnese001:



Fine boss, we dey push am

How your side my chairman?

Bro I full ground. I dey animate one of my tracks currently. I go send u link when it's ready. Hopefully by month ending.
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Finnese001: 6:09pm On Jun 11
Gadaluck:


Bro I full ground. I dey animate one of my tracks currently. I go send u link when it's ready. Hopefully by month ending.


I can't wait bro, I trust your judgement on that beat


Na murder
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Gadaluck(m): 6:11pm On Jun 11
Finnese001:



I can't wait bro, I trust your judgement on that beat


Na murder

Lol, I'll try not to disappoint cool
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Finnese001: 6:12pm On Jun 11
Gadaluck:


Lol, I'll try not to disappoint cool

I trust you boss

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Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by Gadaluck(m): 6:20pm On Jun 11
Finnese001:


I trust you boss

Thnx bro, same here....
Re: Malami Makes U-turn, Says FG Would Not Prosecute Nigerians Who Tweets by yommen: 7:08pm On Jun 11
ChangetheChange:
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has made a u-turn in his threat against Nigerians who make use of Twitter despite the Federal government suspension of the microblogging site.

In a chat with Vanguard on Thursday, Malami said his office will not be prosecuting Nigerians residing in or out the country who are making use of the platform but will go after any company or entity that offers to help Twitter bypass the suspension of its operations in the country.

Reacting during the interview, Malami said it is within the right of Nigerians as citizens of a democratic country to make use of Twitter but the Federal government is only against those who help Twitter beat the suspension.

He said, “It is within their guaranteed fundamental right to tweet from anywhere in the world. Nigeria, being a democratic nation, cannot stop its citizens from exercising their rights of freedom of expression.

“But our position on Twitter is clear: Anyone, whether individual or corporate institution that enables Twitter to circumvent the ban the Federal Government of Nigeria placed on the company, will be prosecuted.

“Our statement outlining our position on June 1, 2021 did not ask the DPP to prosecute Nigerians using Twitter or any social media platform to express their view. But we are going to use the legal instruments at our disposal to go after those who aid and abet Twitter to continue to threaten our corporate existence as a nation.

“At no time did we threaten any religious leader for using Twitter to express themselves. Neither did we indicate in any way that we were going after them. But mischief-makers were quick to mention names of religious leaders and give the impression that we were already in court to try them.

Malami further said that the Buhari-led administration against popular opinion is a people-centric government that enables human right; hence Nigerians have committed no offence by tweeting.

“Let it be made clear that the Buhari administration being a people-centred government that relies on the rule of law, will never adopt any policy or programme that seeks to add pain or injury to the very people who elected it to serve them.

“For the record, let it be made amply clear that the AGF, Abubakar Malami, is not after any Nigerian, tweeting from Nigeria or anywhere in the world but that any Nigerian company or entity that gives a helping hand for Twitter to escape the ban placed on it, will be dealt with,” Malami added.

It must however be said that the recent statement of the Attorney-General is a sharp contrast to his earlier threat made barely 24 hours after the ban was announced by Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

According to the statement, Malami said he had “directed for immediate prosecution of offenders of the federal government ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria”, telling the public prosecutor to “swing into action”.

He reiterated his threat of prosecuting Nigerians who have continued to use Twitter as recently as Tuesday when he spoke in an interview with Committee to Protect Journalists.

“The essence of the law is to achieve stability in the country” and prosecution “will serve as a deterrence to others,” he said.

However his surprising u-turn can be connected to the Attorney-General disregarding his own threat and logging into Twitter via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) despite the ban to deactivate his account.

Also, a lot of Nigerians who have continued tweeting have contested the legality of the directive that is not backed by any law or an executive order.

It is also unclear which organisations the Attorney General is saying because the majority of Twitter users have bypassed the restriction of access to Twitter by switching on the VPN on their phone or installing third parties VPN.

https://newswirengr.com/2021/06/11/malami-makes-u-turn-says-federal-government-would-not-prosecute-nigerians-who-tweet/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

What does he mean by the boldened statement? Does twitter need anybody to help them bypass the ban? What happens to him that he is using VPN to bypass the ban? He also trades crypto currency that was banned by his government. What happens to him?

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