Nigeria indefinitely suspends Twitter operations in the country

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BRAZIL - 2020/12/23: In this photo illustration the close-up of the Twitter website seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Friday suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.

Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja, citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

The Minister said the Federal Government had also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

The Nigerian government on Wednesday expressed doubts about Twitter’s mission in the country, accusing the U.S. technology company of double standards and supporting the secessionists in the west African country.

The move to suspend Twitter comes just days after the social media giant removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.

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