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The Federal government of Nigeria has disclosed that Twitter, a microblogging website should register in Nigeria to be licensed for operations within regulations stipulated in Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammef stated this after the Executive Council Meeting at the presidential villa Abuja on Wednesday.

The minister was quoted to have said that Twitter’s huge financial losses running into billions indicated that the ban has been effective so far in Nigeria.

The minister had earlier disosed that the microblogging website has become a platform of choice for seccessionists to thrive.

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Since the ban was slammed in Twitter last week, several users have switched through the Vierual Private Network (VPN), to continue the use of Twitter.

Those who defied the ban believed that it was against the charter of the freedom of speech and a violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for Nigerians to be banned from the use of Twitter.

The Attorney-General of the Federation.Abubakar Malami has threatened prosecution of thise who continue to use Twitter in Nigeria.

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But in a swift reaction, a foremost Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana in an interview on AIT on Tuesday berated the Federal Government for the ban of Twitter.

He expressed shock that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice would threaten to sue Nigerians who defied the ban, saying there was no law currently which violators of Twitter could be prosecuted.

He said: “I was shocked when I confirmed the statement made by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

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“I challenged him to show under which law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is he going to prosecute those who defied Twitter ban.”

Falana added that the Federal government would have sued Twitter in Court, if there was any violation rather than slamming it with a ban.

The senior lawyer explained that the Nigerian government could have filed an action against Twitter in the United States or in Ghana where the company has its African headquarters.

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