Senate to Hear from Nigerians on Social Media Bill Next Week *NBA, NGE, Others Kick

The Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters of the Nigerian Senate on Friday said it was ready to fix a date for a public hearing on the 2019 in the coming week.

Judicialsketch.com recalls that only five days ago (Tuesday) the bill passed second reading on the floor of the Senate, even though the umbrella body of lawyers in Nigeria, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), individual human rights lawyers, and other pressure and political groups on have continued to signal their opposition to the bill, vowing to participate in the public hearing in order to voice their opposition.

The anti-social media bill seeks to make provisions to protect citizens from internet falsehood and manipulations and other related matters, and was being sponsored by the Senator representing Niger East District, Sani Musa. His motion appeared to have the tacid support of his colleagues in the senate, as only a handful of them spoke against it. Majority of the lawmakers in the chamber voted in support of the bill and it was read the second time.

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The senate president then referred the bill to the judiciary and human rights panel for further legislative action.

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