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Senator Proposes 3-Year Jail Term For Rumour Mongers On Social Media     

Funsho Akinwale

Senator Mohammed Sani Musa has reintroduced a bill to the Senate, seeking to regulate social media in the country.

The move is coming a few days after Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, announced plans by the Federal government to sanitize social media.

The bill titled, “Protection from internet falsehood and manipulations bill, 2019’’, which is sponsored by Senator Sani Musa, has passed the first reading.

Senator Musa, while briefing the press on Wednesday after the plenary session, said the bill, if accepted, would require offenders to pay a fine of N150,000 or go to jail for three years, for spreading fake information on any social media platform.

“There has never been a time when Nigeria has been very fragile in terms of its unity than this period. It is not to stop people from going into the internet to do whatever they feel legitimately is okay to do, but what we felt is wrong is for you to use the medium to document information that you know is false, just because you want to achieve your desirable interest,” he said.

Recall that a similar bill had been inititially introduced in the Senate but was dismissed following the outcry of Nigerians.