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Twitter Ban: Malami Will Decide Adeboye, Kumuyi’s Prosecution – Lai Mohammed

Following the ban on the use of Twitter in Nigeria, Pastor Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and Pastor Kumuyi of Deeper Life Bible Church tweeted through their Twitter handle making it known that they needed to pass messages across to their congregation in other countries.

Earlier before this, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice Abubakar Malami had stated that those still tweeting despite the ban would be prosecuted.

However, the  Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reportedly stated that Malami will decide whether or not to prosecute the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; the Founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry Worldwide, Pastor William Kumuyi; as well as other violators of the Twitter ban by the Federal Government.

The Minister reportedly disclosed this on Monday evening during an interview with BBC News Africa.

According to him, “The Attorney-General has made it clear that if anybody violates the regulation that such a person will be prosecuted and this is not about any particular person. It is in the realm of the Attorney-General to decide who or who not to prosecute.”

Meanwhile, The United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Canada have criticised the Federal Government for infringing on the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

In response to this, Mohammed said that, “It is because there is a country called Nigeria that they have rights at all. If the country goes on fire, and there is insecurity everywhere, then, there will be no rights for anybody.”

He reportedly added that, “Are we supposed to use Twitter to increase insecurity?” Mohammed asked, adding that agents of destruction have chosen Twitter as a platform to destabilise the corporate existence of Nigeria.”

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