Breaking: Nigeria Bans Twitter

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The Nigerian Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, through his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.

Related: Twitter Deletes Buhari’s Message After Threatening Nigerians


Citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence, the Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

The Precision NG reports that the Nigerian government had on Wednesday, June 2, expressed dissatisfaction about the platform’s operation in Nigeria, after it deleted a Tweet of President Buhari, wherein he threatened to deal with some Nigerians in the ‘language they understand.’

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