Tuesday, 20 October 2020 16:26

APC Chieftain Asks Court To Ban Twitter In Nigeria

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamu Garba has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to stop Twitter International Company from operating in Nigeria.

Garba had earlier criticised the Chief Executive Officer of Twitter International and Founder its Founder, Jack Dorsey for allegedly creating a link for donations to #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria.

In the suit brought under the fundamental rights enforcement proceeding on Tuesday, Garba is also seeking the court to compel Dorsey and Twitter to pay him the sum of $1 billion in damages over the action.

 

In the application brought by his counsel, Abbas Ajiya Esq., Garba also wants to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to take measures to stop Dorsey and Twitter from “further sponsoring and carrying out the EndSARS protest using force that is reasonably appropriate in the circumstance of the protest.”

Others also sought to be compelled to stop the protest are: the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the National Security Adviser (NSA); the Inspector General of Police (IGP);  the Director-General of the Department of State Services(DSS); and the Commandant General of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Garba submitted that the President and others have the “constitutional and statutory duties to protect lives and property of citizens and ensure the existence of peace and order in any part of the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as provided under Section 5(1)(a) and (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)”.

He argued that the mode of the sponsorship and protest of the #EndSARS is “illegal and a violation of his fundamental right to liberty, dignity of human person, freedom of movement and economic right guaranteed and protected under sections 34(1), 35(1), 41(1) and 43 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

No date has been fixed for hearing.

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