In a statement dated 5th June 2021, the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) confirmed that it had received a formal directive to suspend access to Twitter.
The association said it received a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and have assessed the directive with internationally accepted principles and based on national interest.
Read the full statement below:
Press Statement – Order to Suspend access to Twitter.
We, The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), wish to confirm that our members have received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator to suspend access to Twitter.
ALTON has conducted a robust assessment of the directive in accordance with internationally accepted principles. Based on national interest provisions in the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, and within the licence terms under which the industry operates; our members have acted in compliance with the directives of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) the industry regulator.
We will continue to engage all the relevant authorities and stakeholders and will act as may be further directed by the NCC.
We remain committed to supporting the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and upholding the rights of citizens.
As an industry, we endorse the position of the United Nations that the rights held by people offline must also be protected online. This includes respecting and protecting the rights of all people to communicate, to share information freely and responsibly, and to enjoy privacy and security regarding their data and their use of digital communications.
For: Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON)
Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman
Gbolahan Awonuga, Executive Secretary