Twitter Ban: ECOWAS Court Issues FG 30 Days Ultimatum

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Following the ban of Twitter by the Federal government of Nigeria, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has issued the government 30 days to file defence in a lawsuit instigated by a human rights lawyer, Ihensekhien Samuel, challenging the ban.

Samuel had in a suit filed on behalf of the President of One Love Foundation, Patrick Eholor challenged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for suspending the microblogging platform, Twitter, indefinity.

The counsel had on June 8, 2021, sued FG before the ECOWAS court in Abuja demanding a declaration for the reversal of the suspension and the actions of the Nigerian government in arbitrarily enforcing the banning of Twitter usage.

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Consequently, the court in a notice of registration ordered the Nigerian Government (respondent) to file a defence within 30 days after service of the application.

The notice read, “Notice is now given that an application between Patrick Eholor and the Federal Republic of Nigeria was lodged by the applicant and registered by the court on June 9 2021.

“You are required to lodge a defence within thirty (30) days after service of this application on you and take note that in default of your so doing, the applicant may proceed therein, and judgement may be given in your absence.”

Also, the lawyer is asking for the sum of 100million dollars being all damages and inconvenience suffered by his organization members and Nigerians in general due to the ban of Twitter.

Source: SaharaReporters

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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