Twitter ban to be lifted ‘in few days’, Lai Mohammed confirms

Twitter ban to be lifted ‘in few days’, Lai Mohammed confirms

The Federal Government has revealed that the suspension on Twitter will be lifted in a ‘few days.’

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, September 15, by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who said this while answering questions from State House journalists at the end of the cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the Minister, progress is being made in talks with Twitter.

“I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them; and I think if I want to quote them rightly it has been productive and quite respectful.

“And as to the qualifying word for when or how soon; I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, between the time it has been suspended; and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.

“That I can assure you that it is by far in other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now; I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now,” he said.

Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in June after accusing the social media firm of intervening in Nigeria’s domestic issues. Many Nigerians and the international community have condemned the ban.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) in charge of modernisation of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Saidu Galadima, has accused some Nigerian elites; including government agencies, of patronising smuggled cars.

Galadima said this during an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise Duty on Tuesday, September 15, in Abuja.

According to the Customs boss, “unfortunately, the big men today in Nigeria; I didn’t say National Assembly members, all their escort Hilux are smuggled vehicles.”

He said that any officer involved in allowing such smuggled cars were being penalised and punished by the service.

Galadima stated that though, the number of Hilux importation had dropped, hundreds of them were still in town.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Leke Abejide, disclosed that they were working; towards repealing some provisions in the Customs and Excise Management Act; to reduce the cumbersome process of containers transfer in the agency.

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He also told the customs delegates that the committee was proposing three stages; for the transfer of containers which include, Controller, DC revenue, and Exit.

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