Mc Ebisco gathered that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Adedayo Adeoye (retd.), has given reasons why the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), should drop plans to prosecute RCCG’s Pastor Adeboye.
Recall that Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had announced an indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The federal government had accused the social media site of engaging in activities that would undermine the nation’s existence.
In a bid to enforce the ban on Twitter, Malami threatened to arrest and prosecute anyone who tweets in Nigeria, as many use VPN to bypass the blockage.
But gathered that RCCG’s Pastor Enoch Adeboye had justified his insistence on using the platform with Article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Article 19 of the UDHR states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Aside from Adeboye, the founder of Deeper Life Church, W.F. Kumuyi has also insisted that his church would not respect the federal government’s ban on Twitter because its Twitter handle reaches a global audience.
Reacting, Lai Mohammed insisted that the federal government would prosecute offenders no may who such person is.
Speaking to The PUNCH on Tuesday, Adeoye said the suspension of Twitter has made the platform to be more popular as more Nigerians have now gotten to know of it.