Nigerian Senate reintroduces Bill to regulate social media – with 3 years imprisonment for ‘offenders’. A bill seeking to regulate social media in Nigeria has passed the first reading at the Upper house.
The bill entitled, ‘protection from internet falsehood and manipulation bill, 2019’ is sponsored by Mohammed Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east.
The proposed legislation was one of the 11 bills read for the first time on Tuesday at the floor of the house.
Speaking with our correspondence in Abuja, the sponsor of the bill said Nigeria needs the legislation because it would protect its ‘fragile unity”.
“There has never been a time when Nigeria has been very fragile in terms of its unity than this period,” Musa said.
“it is not to stop people from going to 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 the bill propose a punishment of N150, 000 fine or three years imprisonment for any offender.
Recently, Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said the federal government was working on sanitizing the social media.