The Federal Government on Wednesday said the management of tech giant, Twitter would desist from operating in Nigeria until it is duely registered, licensed, and operates within regulations.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council.
He declared that the ban has so far been very effective following reports of Twitter’s huge financial losses running into billions. Adding that the government and its management has reached out for dialogue.
Mohammed stressed that Twitter has been a platform of choice for separatists to thrive and would be disallowed from operating until it is duely registered, licensed, and operates within regulations.
When the Minister was asked about the law under which Nigerians who violate the Twitter ban would be prosecuted, Lai refrained from answering and asked that the Attorney General of the Federation provide answers.
Minister Lai Mohammed also spoke concerning the payment of tax by tech giants in the country.
He explained that most of the OTT and social media platforms operating in Nigeria do not have offices either do they pay taxes for the billions earned.
Henceforth, the Federal Government has resolved to ensure other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram be registered in the country and adverts have been published to this effect.
The information minister, despite criticism by Human Rights groups, insists that freedom of speech has not been stifled as a result of the ban.
He maintained that other social media platforms are still available for use.