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Twitter Ban: ECOWAS Court Fixes Hearing Date

Following a suit filed by the Social Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, against the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, the ECOWAS Court has fixed a date to hear the suit.

The ECOWAS court reportedly fixed June 22, 2021, as the hearing date and had served a hearing notice on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, given the suit filed by SERAP and 177 Nigerians.

Meanwhile, SERAP demanded that the federal government should immediately rescind the suspension of Twitter’s operation, pending the hearing of the application for the sake of the rule of law and integrity.

SERAP had earlier filed the suit to challenge the ban placed on the micro-blogging platform, noting that such a ban is an infringement on the right of Nigerians.

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In the meantime, Google has deleted Crowwe App, owned by a former Presidential candidate, Adamu Garba, from Google Play Store.

Adamu, one of the few Nigerians supporting the ban of Twitter in Nigeria, developed Crowee, an app that strives to imitate Twitter. However, Nigerians have evacuated the app due to Garba’s view on governance in Nigeria and his app.

Despite his appeals for Nigerians to download his app, they have gone ahead to report Crowwe and its terms and conditions to Google. At the moment, the app is no longer available for download on Google search. As it is, this development is seen as Google perceiving Crowwe as an app violating its rules.

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