Senate withdraws anti-social media bill

The Nigerian Senate has just withdrawn the controversial bill sponsored by Bala Ibn Na’Allah believed to have been aimed at restricting freedom of expression in social media.

The withdrawal of the social media bill followed the report of the upper chamber’s Committee on Human Rights and Legal Matters submitted by David Umar on Tuesday.

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The report made it clear the bill amounted to violation of citizens’ rights, and contradicted extant laws, imposing duty of investigation on petitioners and serving as stumbling block to the fight against corruption.

The introduction of the bill sparked widespread outrage across the country.