Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has stated that the decision of the Federal Government to suspend Twitter in Nigeria is a direct violation to section IV of the 1999 Constitution.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria who was reacting to Friday’s ban placed on Twitter, said the action contradicts the Freedom of Information Act.
He added that with time, local and international media channels like Channels, CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera will also be sanctioned.
Falana said, “This act has confirmed the suspension of Chapter IV of the constitution. Very soon, Nigerians will be restricted to NTA and the FRCN as the only source of information. Media like Channels TV and others have been fined for embarrassing the government and they may be proscribed soon.
“The decision of the NBC to impose fines on media houses based on an illegally amended code of the Broadcasting Code. It is a rehearsal of the imminent proscription of local media organisations that publish anything considered defamatory or seditious by the government.
“With what has happened to Twitter, other media houses like CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera will also be suspended.”