Who will prosecute Malami for sneaking into Twitter with VPN to deactivate account?
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Tuesday logged into Twitter using Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and deactivated his account to show solidarity with the Federal Government which had suspended the social media platform last Friday.
Malami had on Saturday threatened to prosecute Nigerians who were still using VPN – a connection that allows users to establish a protected network connection when using public networks to access the micro blogging platform.
A clear look at the photo showed that VPN was active on the phone the AGF used for the screenshot.
However, Malami’s post received over 1,100 comments about 40 minutes later with many of his Facebook followers asking him how he accessed Twitter without using VPN.
Akintunde Babatunde wrote, “How were you able to deactivate Twitter without VPN? You should be arrested.”
Shoyombo Adebisi KingDavid wrote, “Can you explain how you did that without first logging in?”
“This is evidence that you logged into Twitter today via VPN to deactivate your account which is punishable under your unlawful law. Let us see how you will prosecute others without throwing yourself in jail,” Roy Ekwueme wrote.
Another Facebook user, Kazeem Badaru, asked the AGF if Nigerians should throw a party because he had deactivated his Twitter account.
The Nigerian government had last Friday banned Twitter after the App deleted a controversial comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari, in which he made reference to the Nigerian Civil War, which many Nigerians described as distasteful.
The Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, a staunch supporter of the present regime, also tweeted on Sunday despite the ban.
Amidst the public outcry and criticism that followed the government’s decision, Malami had on Saturday directed the Director of Public Prosecutions in his office to begin the process of prosecuting violators of the government suspension order.
Despite his threat, many Nigerians have been using VPN to access Twitter.