The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has deactivated his Twitter.
The Attorney-General disclosed this on his Facebook page when he said “My Twitter Account Deactivated”.
He also shared a screenshot of the deactivation notice.
Recall that the Federal Government suspended, indefinitely, the operations of Twitter, the microblogging and social networking service, in Nigeria.
This is disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, via a statement issued by the Ministry’s spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi.
The Minister cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“The Federal Government has also directed the NBC to immediately begin the process of licensing all Over-The-Top (OTT) and social media operations in Nigeria,” the statement read.
Also, “Attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has directed for the immediate prosecution of offenders of the federal government ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria,” a spokesperson, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, said.
However, what is not clear is how Malami was able to deactivate his Twitter account since the Twitter URL has been suspended by all Internet Service Providers in the country. Ordinarily, one can deactivate a Twitter account only when he logs in and Nigerians have been able to access Twitter through the use of a virtual private network (VPN).
Perhaps the AGF used the same method and if that’s the case, then he has acted contrary to his directive for prosecution of Twitter users.