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The Nigerian government said on Tuesday that it had obtained clearance to deploy the Super Tucano jets purchased from the United States against the bandits ravaging the country, particularly in the North-West and North-Central states.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, revealed this, adding that the gazette of the clearance was ongoing.

Last year, the Federal Government took delivery of the fighter jets after many months of delay. However, the US at the time had not given a blank cheque to Nigeria on the use of the fighter jets.

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The US floated a monthly schedule to monitor the deployment of the jets, the battlegrounds and the purpose of the deployment. Some US officers have been coming to Nigeria to evaluate the use of the jets in line with the terms of sale.

But Malami during an interview on Good Morning Nigeria, a breakfast show on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Tuesday, said the Federal Government secured the clearance after assuring America that it would be used according to international best practices.

He said the gazette of the usage of the Super Tucano Jets was in progress.
Malami said, “We are also confronted with banditry in the North-West and that is why we acquired Military hardware against terrorists and bandits. They are causing major threats to the lives of Nigerians. The military hardware will be used against them.

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”The gazetting of the Super Tucano is in progress. The clearance to use the Super Tucano has also been obtained.”

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Twitter Yet To Register In Nigeria Despite Lifting Of Ban – ICIR

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The Federal Government announced on Thursday that it had lifted the ban on Twitter, but an investigation has shown that the social media app has not met some of the conditions listed by the Federal Government.

A presidential committee comprising all relevant government agencies that engaged and worked directly with Twitter had given some conditions to the social media platform before the ban could be lifted.

The condition listed by the Federal Government committee that interacted with Twitter included that the platform would open an office in Nigeria, have a country representative, register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and get National Broadcasting Commission’s licence.

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Others included: fair tax payment and dealing with sensitive content to national security and cohesion.

Twitter Yet To Register In Nigeria Despite Lifting Of Ban – ICIR

Twitter would also train Nigerian IT personnel and strategic intelligence officers to report abuse and infractions noticed by the government.

All of these conditions, Chairman of the Technical Committee for Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi Abdullahi, said Twitter had agreed to.

He also said Twitter had agreed to set ‘a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022.’

In addition to setting up a local office or a legal entity in the country, he said Twitter had agreed to appoint a ‘designated country representative’ to hold talks with the Nigerian government when required.

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“Twitter has agreed to comply with applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law. Twitter has agreed to enrol Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, a search on the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) website shows that Twitter is not yet registered in Nigeria.

This means the social media app may not have met all the conditions listed by the Nigerian government before the ban was suspended.

THE Federal Government lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday after approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Abdullahi made it known in a statement on Wednesday.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the suspension on the Twitter operations in Nigeria.

The lifting, according to a statement signed by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), will be effective from midnight, January 13, 2022.

In June 2021, the government announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria after the platform deleted tweets made by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had threatened to treat members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the language they understand.

Three months ago, the president said he had directed that Twitter suspension be lifted — only if the conditions are met to allow citizens to use the platform for positive engagements.

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Some of the conditions include legal registration of operations, taxation, and managing prohibited publications in line with Nigerian laws.

While announcing the lifting of the ban, the government noted that Twitter has agreed to meet the set out conditions.

REGISTRATION OF TWITTER WITH THE CAC

One of the conditions given by the federal government is that the social media giant must register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria.

The statement added that Twitter has agreed to register with the CAC.

“Twitter has committed to establishing a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022. The legal entity will register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC),” the statement reads.

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“The establishment of the entity is Twitter’s first step in demonstrating its long-term commitment to Nigeria.”

APPOINTMENT OF COUNTRY REP

The government also noted that Twitter would appoint a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities.

The Global Public Policy team is also directly available through a dedicated communication channel.

TWITTER WILL PAY TAX

The statement noted that the micro-blogging platform has agreed to comply with applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law.

ENROL NIGERIAN OFFICIALS TO MANAGE PROHIBITED CONTENT

The federal government said the company also agreed to enrol Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals.

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According to the statement, the portal will provide a direct channel for government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited content that violates Twitter community rules.

Additionally, the portal will provide a channel for the law enforcement agencies to submit a report with a legal justification on content that violates Nigerian Laws.

TO PLAY BY NIGERIA RULES AND CULTURE

The government said Twitter also agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws, national culture and history on which such legislation has been built.

The platform will work with the federal government and the broader industry to develop a Code of Conduct in line with global best practices, applicable in almost all developed countries.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in the country, following President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval.

The decision was revealed by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE.

In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, Kashifu noted the approval was given following a memo written to Buhari by his Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.

He said: “The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, 13th January 2022.

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“The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.

“In the Memo, the Minister updated and requested the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”

Twitter operations in Nigeria were suspended in June 2021, days after Buhari’s tweet was deleted.

In November last year, Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said correspondence between us and Twitter had reached an advanced stage.
Mohammed noted: “We have a few more issues to resolve. Out of about 12 conditions, Twitter has been able to meet 10.

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“Very soon, all issues will be resolved in a way that will be good for both our country and Twitter.”

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