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TWITTER BAN: GROUP THREATENS TELECOMS COMPANIES WITH LEGAL ACTION FOR DISCONNECTING NIGERIANS

A human rights and pro-democracy group, Concerned Nigerians, has threatened to sue Telecommunications companies that disconnect Twitter in Nigeria without a valid court order.

The group, in a statement issued by its convener, Deji Adeyanju, said the legal action will be taken immediately the courts resume as such disconnection of Twitter is a clear breach of Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution which guarantees the privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications.

The pro-democracy group said the guaranteed rights cannot be taken away by executive fiat as the ban on Twitter is not only unconstitutional but null and void because it has no legal backing.

Concerned Nigerians said any telecommunication companies that implemented the illegal ban blindly without a valid court order must be made to pay for the damages suffered by Nigerians as well as business cafe owners who rely on Twitter for patronage and suffered great loss among others.

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