A suit filed by a Member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adamu Garba, asking the court to stop Social Media Giant Twitter from operating within the Nigerian cyberspace, has come under criticism from a cross section of Nigerians including the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP .
Expressing their grieviance, The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP and hundreds of Nigerians filed an application before the Federal High Court, Abuja, to counter the suit against Twitter.
The applicants argue the move against Twitter was a plot to restrict the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and media freedom in Nigeria.
They opined that Nigeria has legal obligations under sections 39 and 40 of the constitution, and articles 9 and 11 of the African Chapter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights of everyone to freedom of expression noting that the determination of their suit will impact on the capability to use Twitter to promote transparency and accountability.
The suit filed by Kolawole Oluwadare and Opeyemi Owolabi, accused Garba of infringe of the rights of citizens.
Adamu had accused Twitter Chief Executive Officer, Jack Dorsey of funding the End SARS protest which he claimed was against the federal Government.
Adamu in his suit seeks to compel the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC to sanction the tech giant.