Nigerian Businesses Lose N150.46bn ($366.88m) Since Federal Government’s Ban On Twitter

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According to reports, Nigerian Businesses have lost N150.46bn ($366.88m) ever since the Federal Government banned Twitter in Nigeria.

Based on NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, it costs Nigeria’s economy N102.77m ($250,600) every hour to ban Twitter.

Recall that the Federal Government had on June 4 announced the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria. Telecommunication companies started blocking access to Twitter on June 5, after they received a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission to block access to Twitter.

The Federal Government told a Federal High Court in Lagos that it had not stopped Nigerians from using Twitter, adding that many Nigerians still used it every day.

This was in a counter-affidavit the government deposed to in response to an originating motion filed by human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong.

The Affidavit said;

“The applicant (Effiong) and the class he seeks to represent can still operate those Twitter accounts from anywhere in the world and even from Nigeria.

“Nigerians are still tweeting, even at this moment as the ban on Twitter is not aimed at intimidating Nigerians or an infringement on the rights of Nigerians to express their opinion.”

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