“It’s not within our powers to arrest Twitter offenders,” says NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission NCC has stated categorically clear that it is not within their limits to arrest and prosecute violators of the recent Twitter suspension order.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Nigeria had on Saturday directed the NCC and other relevant government agencies “to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”

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But when NCC was contacted on Monday with regards to how far it has gone in partnering with the DPP to prosecute those violating the Twitter ban, the Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, said it is not their job.

“The NCC is a regulator. It is not within our power to arrest or prosecute. Based on our statement, we limited ourselves based on the order given to us by the government, which was to instruct the operators to disconnect, which was what we did. So, the other aspects are not within our purview,” Adinde said.

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