Nigerian Senate wants people jailed for making abusive statement on social media

Bala Ibn Na'Allah
Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn Na’Allah

One so called Nigerian Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, of All Progress Congress (APC), Kebbi South, has sponsored a bill to send social media users to jail for making abusive statements on any media platform. Please read below, how they want to control the Nigerian people especially the youths and take away freedom of speech..

The Senate on Thursday passed into second reading a bill seeking two years imprisonment with an option of N2 million fine for any Nigerian who posts “abusive statements” on the social media.

The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, sponsored bill is seeking to provide punishment for frivolous petitions‎ by making sure that only credible and verifiable petitions are presented for public use.

“Where any person in order to circumvent this law makes any allegation and or publish any statement, petition in any paper, radio, or any medium of whatever description, with malicious intent to discredit or set the public against any person or group of persons, institutions of government, he shall be guilty of an offence and upon conviction, shall be liable to an imprisonment term of two years or a fine of N4,000,000.00” the bill specified.

On the social media, the bill reads:

“Where any person through text message ,tweets, whatsApp or through any social media post any abusive statement knowing same to be false with intent to set the public against any person and group of persons, an institution of government or such other bodies established by law shall be guilty of an offence and upon conviction, shall be liable to an imprisonment for two years or a fine of N2,000,000.00 or both fine and imprisonment.”

The bill said it shall be an offence for any petition to be submitted without a sworn affidavit from the law court.

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