Senate Clarifies Stand On ‘Bill Proposing Tough Penalty For Social Media Abusers’

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The Senate has on Wednesday, December 2, issued clarification on the Act to Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and other Related Matters bill, which has generated reactions on the social media, Vanguard reports.

The bill was contained in a press statement signed by Bamikole Omisore, the Special Assistant on New Media to the President of The Senate.

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The bill being made reference to, is An Act to prohibit frivolous petitions and other related matters, which absolutely makes no mention of jailing social media users.

It also read that the bill seeks to make illegal, the common act of individuals sponsoring frivolous petitions to tarnish or blackmail public servants or political office holders for selfish purposes.

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According to the statement, the bill sponsored by Bala Ibn Na’ Allah (Kebbi state) seeks to make it a requirement for petitioners to depose to an affidavit in court which will must be attached to any petition.

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It was also believed that the bill which scaled second reading on Wednesday, December 2 2015 seeks to censor social media.

The bill seeks to give two years imprisonment or N2 million fine for Nigerians who post abusive statements on the social media.



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