Twitter ‘Vicariously Liable’ For Loss Of Lives And Properties During #EndSARS Protests — Lai Mohammed


Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed says Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, are chargeable for the losses the nation suffered during the EndSARS protests.

Speaking on Tuesday when he featured on Radio Nigeria, the minister said Dorsey raised funds via Bitcoins to sponsor the EndSARS protests while his platform, Twitter, was used to fire up the crisis.

According to News agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mohammed said Nigerians did not take him seriously when he levelled the allegations earlier, up till the time investigations were carried out by an online media outfit.

He also mentioned that online publication proved that Dorsey retweeted some posts by coalitions backing the EndSARS protests and further launched an emoji to make the protest viewable on the microblogging site.

“If you ask people to donate money via bitcoins for EndSARS protesters then you are vicariously liable for whatever is the outcome of the protest,” he said.

“We have forgotten that EndSARS led to loss of lives, including 37 policemen, six soldiers, 57 civilians while property worth billions of naira were destroyed.

“164 police vehicles and 134 police stations were razed to the ground, 265 private corporate organisation were looted while 243 public property were looted.

“81 warehouses were looted while over 200 brand new buses bought by Lagos state government were burnt to ashes.”

The information minister said it was unfair to adjudge that Twitter was suspended because it removed President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet.

Mohammed said the Nigerian government took the action because the platform was being used to promote the notions of those who wanted to damage the country.

“Twitter has become a platform of choice for a particular separatist promoter,” he said.

“The promoter consistently used the platform to direct his loyalists to kill Nigerian soldiers and policemen, run down INEC offices and destroy all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty.

“Every attempt to persuade Twitter to deny its platform to this separatist leader was not taken serious.”

Conclusively, Mohammed said the federal government will not apologise to the people unhappy about the suspension of the platform’s operations in the Nigeria.


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