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EIE sues telcos over Twitter

Enough Is Enough (EIE) Nigeria as the sole applicant coordinating with other organizations including Paradigm Initiative and Media Rights Agenda, have instituted a class action suit against Telecommunications companies MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9mobile for an enforcement of fundamental rights.

The suit, TechEconomy.ng gathered, is following the suspension of twitter in Nigeria in June 2021.

According to a statement signed by Khadijah El-Usman, program officer, Anglophone-West Africa, Paradigm Initiative, the CIOs said it was evident that the government did not have the sole responsibility of the disregard for human rights.

“A directive not rooted in Law cannot be a basis for the abuse of the human rights of millions of Nigerians.

“It is to this effect that Enough Is Enough (EIE) Nigeria as the sole applicant coordinating with other organizations including Paradigm Initiative and Media Rights Agenda, have instituted a class action suit against Telecommunications companies MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9mobile for an enforcement of fundamental rights”, the statement reads.

In the suit, EIE and others are calling for a declaration that the respondents blockage of twitter access was unlawful, unconstitutional and against the rights to freedom of expression.

Therefore, they are seeking an injunction restraining all respondents from restraining blocking or interfering with Twitter and any other social media platform.

“These are all pursuant to rights assured by the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights”, El-Usman said.

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