Nigeria: Rights group pleads High Court to force govt to publish deal to restore Twitter service

One of the Nigeria right group has asked High Court to force the government to publish an agreement with Twitter, which will eventually restore the social media giant in the nation after a six-month complete ban.

Nigeria suspended Twitter last year in June after the US company removed a post-President Muhammadu Buhari that endangered to punish regional secessionists.

Last month, as per the government of Nigeria imposed the ban after Twitter was finally ready to open a local office and work work with the authorities in order to develop a code of conduct, among other agreements.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) stated on Sunday that it had filed a case to force President Buhari and his information minister Lai Mohammed to issue a copy of the agreement to confirm it did not include deals that could threaten freedom of expression.

“Issuing the agreement would allow Nigerians to look it, desire legal remedies as appropriate and ensure that the conditions for suspending Twitter are not used as pretexts to suppress legitimate discourse,” said a copy of the court challenge.

As per the SERAP, the government had ignored its request, which they made in January 2022, for a copy of the agreement.

However, the Presidency and the ministry of information did not give immediate comments on anything.

Last year, in June, SERAP and other groups went to court in a bid to fight for a ban on Twitter, claiming that it was a breach of human rights.

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States decided this week whether to go forward and make a ruling on SERAP’s challenge to the Twitter ban. The government, however, wants the court to hurl out the case, claiming that occasions had surpassed it.