The Federal Government on Friday, 4th June 2021 suspended the operations of the microblogging and social networking service Twitter in Nigeria.
The suspension was announced by Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement signed by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
In a statement on Saturday, Malami had directed the Director of Public Prosecution to liaise with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, the Nigerian Communication Commission NCC, and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.
But in an interview on Monday 7th June, the spokesman of the NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, said it is not the commission’s job to arrest and prosecute violators of the Twitter suspension order.
In his words “The NCC is a regulator. It is not within our power to arrest or prosecute. Based on our statement, we limited ourselves based on the order given to us by the government, which was to instruct the operators to disconnect, which was what we did. So, the other aspects are not within our purview“.