The Nigerian Senate has on Tuesday withdrawn a controversial anti-social media bill, sponsored by Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi South), which is aimed at restricting freedom of expression on social media.
The decision to withdraw the Frivolous petition bill 2015 (SB. 143), followed the report of the committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the bill.
According to the report, the bill amounted to violation of citizens’ rights, and contradicted extant laws, imposing a duty of investigation on petitioners and serving as a stumbling block to the fight against corruption.
At the delivery of the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator David Umaru (APC, Niger East) said the bill was opposed by almost all stakeholders during the Public Hearing on it.
Umaru, therefore said, his committee recommended its withdrawal.
The Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, also backed the withdrawal.