Reps reject lifting of Twitter suspension in Nigeria
The Nigerian House of Representatives has rejected the reinstatement of the social networking service Twitter’s suspension.
While hearing the report of the Committee on the Issue, the House rejected removing the ban of Twitter on Thursday.
Following charges that it enables content that threatens Nigeria’s corporate existence, the Federal Government of Nigeria recently halted Twitter’s operations in the country.
Despite the suspension, some Nigerians have continued to use the Private Virtual Network, or VPN, to access Twitter.
The House had mandated its Committees on Information, ICT, Intelligence, Justice and Orientation to investigate the circumstances of the suspension by the Federal Government on Nigeria.
Considering the report on Thursday, Toby Okechukwu, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, suggested an amendment to one of the recommendations.
It states that “the Federal Government should take into cognizance the negative effect of the Twitter suspension on Nigerians who depend on the platform for their livelihood” and lift the suspension.
Formally supported by another member, the motion was rejected by the majority of the House when put to the vote.