A bill seeking a two-year jail term for any person who makes allegation or publishes any statement or petition in the newspaper, radio or medium of whatever description against another person, institutions of government or any public office holder, passed second reading in the Senate, Wednesday.
The bill, tagged: “A Bill for an Act to Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and other Matters Connected therewith”, sponsored by Senator Ibn Na’Allah, APC, Kebbi South, compels petitioners to accompany their petitions with sworn court affidavit, failure of which attracts a six- month imprisonment upon conviction. But the bill provides for an option of N4 million.
Nigerians aren’t at all happy with a bill they describe as irrelevant and an infringement on our right to freedom of speech, and reacting to this on Twitter with the hashtag: #NoToSocialMediaBill. Read some of the tweets below and follow the hashtag for more.
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