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NIGERIA: SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICS TO GO TO JAIL

04 Dec

The Senate has reached an advanced stage to pass a bill that seeks seven years jail term for social media critics found guilty of inciting the public against the government.

The proposed legislation which has scaled second reading in the upper legislative chamber is also proposing a stiffer punishment for internet fraudsters and scammers in Nigeria as those convicted will face a seven years imprisonment.

The joint Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and legal matters, Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes led by Senator Umaru Dahiru (PDP, Sokoto), yesterday organised a one day public hearing on the bill for an act to provide for the prohibition and punishment for electronic fraud and crime in all electronic transactions in Nigeria.

Section 13 subsection 3 of the bill proposes that: “Anyone who intentionally propagates false information that could threaten the security of the country or that is capable of inciting the general public against the government through electronic message shall be guilty of an offense and upon conviction shall be sentenced to seven years imprisonment or N5 million (fine).”

Declaring open the public hearing Senate President David Mark who was represented by the deputy minority whip, Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina), said electronic fraudsters pose great danger to the country which must be tackled to attract foreign investment.

The committee chairman Senator Umaru Dahiru (PDP, Sokoto) said electronic fraud was posing serious threat to world economies and Nigeria being a developing economy should enact appropriate laws to deal with the challenges.

 

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One response to “NIGERIA: SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICS TO GO TO JAIL

  1. son kai gyoh

    December 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

    When and how is that determination made? when the public rises against government or when some zealot decides as with anti party activities? And in the former how is it decided the point of coefficient or the threshold influence of such instigation and dis aggregated from a personal and conscious choice to chastise and take social action against a failed or non performing government This is crass Son

    *’…critical reasoning is the reasoning that puts itself on trial’ **…it is an intensely moral act with political implications –adaptation from Habermas 2001*

    On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM, Lawyers Alert

     

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