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FG Should Have Sued Twitter Not Ban Its Operations



Human Rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has also reacted to the suspension of Twitter operations by the Federal Government in the country.

According to the senior lawyer, who appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, the government is not permitted to rely on self-help in a constitutional democracy.

Falana stated that the government is supposed to have “sued Twitter if the organization refuses to respond positively to the government’s concerns.”

He went on to say that the lawsuit should have been filed in the United States or Ghana, where the microblogging service provider has its African headquarters.

In a related development Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), said security operatives were alerted of the killings in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State over a week before the attack but nothing was done.

According to the Police, 11 persons were killed during the attack on Igangan on Sunday however resident alleged that 20 persons lost their lives.

Also, vehicles and buildings including the Palace of the Asigangan of Igangan Town and a filling station were destroyed.

In a statement on Tuesday titled, ‘Halt the Brutal Killing of Unarmed People in Igangan’, Falana said the security agencies had repeatedly failed to prosecute those killing, raping and kidnapping innocent residents.

The statement read in part, “We have been reliably informed that the security agencies in Oyo State have repeatedly failed to prosecute suspects arrested by the people of Igangan for kidnapping, rape and other heinous crimes.

“From the information at our disposal, security agencies were alerted last week of the planned attack on the people of Igangan by a gang of bandits. But as no pre-emptive action was taken, the assailants struck and brutally killed about 20 people while properties worth hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed.


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