Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, authorised the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation to initiate immediate prosecution of individuals who breach the Federal Government’s order halting Twitter operations in Nigeria on Saturday.
Umar Gwandu, Malami’s spokesman, said as much in a statement headed, “Twitter ban: Malami orders prosecution of offenders.”
On Friday, the federal government ordered that all internet service providers suspend Twitter. Many Nigerians, however, have been utilising Virtual Private Networks to get around the restrictions.
The statement by the AGF read, “Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has directed the immediate prosecution of offenders of the Federal Government ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.
“Malami directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation at the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to swing into action and commence in earnest the process of prosecution of violators of the Federal Government De-activation of operations of Twitter in Nigeria.
“Malami directed the DPPF to liaise with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, National Communication Communication and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”