Senate proposes 3-year jail time for social networks ‘transgressors’ ~ TheNigerian News
The Senate is proposing a three-year prison sentence for social media wrongdoers.
The costs passed very first reading on Wednesday.
Entitled ‘protection from web fallacy and adjustments costs, 2019’, the bill is sponsored by Mohammed Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east.
The proposed legislation was one of the 11 bills checked out for the very first time on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters in Abuja, the sponsor of the expense said Nigeria requires the legislation since it would protect its “vulnerable unity”.
“There has actually never been a time when Nigeria has actually been really delicate in terms of its unity than this period,” Musa stated.
“It is not to stop individuals from entering into the web to do whatever they feel legally is all right to do but what we felt is wrong is for you to utilize the medium to document information that you understand is false, just since you desire to accomplish your preferable interest.”
He said the costs proposes a punishment of N150,000 fine or 3 years jail time for any culprit.
“If it is a business organisation that declined to obstruct that false details in spite of the reality that they have looked out by authorities not to disseminate that info for public interest and they still proceed and do it, declining to do that obstruction will be punished in between N5 million to N10 million for those organisations,” the senator stated.
“For instance, MTN, Glo, 9 mobile etc. which we use their platform in sending these details, if absolutely nothing is done, we fine them and you will see that it will be a deterrent to others.”
In the previous senate, there was a comparable costs sponsored by Bala Na’Allah, then deputy bulk leader.
However the costs was withdrawn after outrage by some Nigerians.
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