The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have labeled null and void, the order by the Attorney General of the Federation,Abubakar Malami directing the Nigerian Police to arrest any Nigerian who is still using Twitter.
The PDP noted that the Minister of Justice’s directive is out of place since there is no law available in the country that gives the police such powers or warrant for such arrests.
They further slammed the President for drawing Nigeria back with his authoritarian overtures and body language.
The Twitter statement by the PDP read, But the PDP said that nothing in the country’s extant laws, “not even the suspension of @Twitter in Nigeria, constitutionally criminalized the use of Twitter by Nigerians or empowers the Federal Governments to arrest and prosecute any Nigerians for using @Twitter.
“For Malami’s information, section 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that ‘a person shall not be convicted of a criminal offence unless that offence is defined and the penalty therefor is prescribed in a written law, and in this subsection, a written law refers to an Act of the @nassnigeria or a law of a state, any subsidiary legislation or instrument under the provisions of the law’.
“President @MBuhari and his @OfficialAPCNg are informed that there is no extant law that defined the use of @Twitter as a criminal offence and there is no penalty prescribed in a written law for the use of @Twitter by any Nigerians.
“Moreover, they should also realize that the suspension of @Twitter by the @OfficialAPCNg Federal Government, in addition to its unconstitutionality, only suspended @Twitter operations and not the use of @Twitter by Nigerians.
“The directive by the Attorney General to arrest and prosecute any Nigerians found using @Twitter, does not have the backing of any law enacted by the @nassnigeria or any state legislative house, and as such, Malami’s declaration is completely of no legal consequence.”