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Nigerian Senate set to pass bill seeking 7-year jail term for Government Critics

Nigerian-Seante-December-2013-BellaNaija-600x336Watch out, critics! The long arm of the law is stretching out towards Facebook and Twitter.

According to a report by Daily Trust, the Nigerian Senate is set to pass a law seeking a 7-year jail term for social media critics who are found guilty of inciting the public against the Nigerian government. It simply means an activist may be arrested and sent to jail for 7 years if he/she turns the people against the federal government.

The proposed legislation which has scaled second reading in the upper legislative chamber is also proposing a stiffer punishment for internet fraudsters and scammers in Nigeria as those convicted will face a seven-year imprisonment.

“Anyone who intentionally propagates false information that could threaten the security of the country or that is capable of inciting the general public against the government through electronic message shall be guilty of an offense and upon conviction shall be sentenced to seven years imprisonment or N5 million (fine).” Section 13 subsection 3 of the bill proposes.

This is just BULL — Okay, that’s enough, Walter. You don’t want to make yourself a candidate for seven years in jail, do you? #zippingmymouthshut

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  1. Edeeth

     /  December 4, 2013

    *Mixing super glue and lipgloss together…applying it to my lips*

    Hian!! ‘There is freedom of speech…but freedom after the speech, that I can’t guarantee’

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  2. Yemie

     /  December 4, 2013

    Omo, see kasala o! Na hin be say prison go full be dat o, and na bloggers go ‘yapa’ for there. Lol! Me I don yan am before say dis one wey we dey do for Naija na ‘mockery of democracy’ or as Fela talk am, demonstration of craze.

    How can we say we’re in a democratic era with this kind of trash talk? Na dem sabi o, my own be say make dem go build more prisons o, pikin wey say hin mama no go sleep, hin sef no go take eye see sleep. Lobatan!

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    • As in eh,I don just taya. Tell me how tнιѕ is different from Abacha’s regime.

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      • Yemie

         /  December 4, 2013

        At least Abacha’s regime was an honest one, we knew what to expect, no pretences and no pressures. These our leaders on the other hand, are another kettle of fish. This is their own idea of democracy. Psst!

  3. Eketi

     /  December 4, 2013

    Freedom of information or not, am I the only one who saw the words “false information” there? There are too many so-called blogs carrying false stories about, especially about the government. Remember the one about Goodluck giving female virgin corpers 50 grand each?
    Today, it’s the government. Tomorrow, it could be you in government and false stories being spinned about you.

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  4. abikoye

     /  December 4, 2013

    Then am going to press charges and sue the National Assembly on grossly without remorse infringing on Nigerians world acknowledged granted first generational rights which they keep signing to uphold forever through all our leaders “figure heads, shoeless and otherwise ” the thought of it HAS, the wanting to do it, IS LIKELY To infringe trample and crush it all out of us. Our right to FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, THOUGHT AND CONSCIENCE.

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  5. Edeeth

     /  December 4, 2013

    Na Omojuwa I de pity…. And maybe El-Rufai….. Chai…

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  6. anderson

     /  December 4, 2013

    Wait o Eketi, so if u were in government and someone accused u even of using male virgins as sacrifice to make sure ur government never ended, u’d throw them in prison for 7 yrs? Nne I dikwa harsh.

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  7. vic

     /  December 5, 2013

    That false information they wrote is very intentional, to make some people relax but when the they take you to Court, you’ll find out ‘false information’ has so many definitions.

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