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Senate bill prescribing two-year jail term for false abusive statements on social media passes 2nd reading

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Senate bill prescribing two-year jail term for false abusive statements on social media passes 2nd reading

On Tuesday, a bill which prescribes a two-year jail term or an option of a N4million fine for any person who makes false allegation or publishes any statement or petition in the newspaper, radio or medium of whatever description against another person, institutions of government or any public office holder, passed second reading in the Senate on Wednesday.

Another provision of the contentious bill which is sponsored by Kebbi South Senator Ibn Na’allah is that anybody or group of persons who send false text messages or post false messages on social media against another person shall be jailed for two years upon conviction by the law court or pay a fine of N2million.

“Where any person through text message,tweets, whatsApp or through any social media post any abusive statement knowing same to be false with intent to set the public against any person and group of persons, an institution of government or such other bodies established by law shall be guilty of an offence and upon conviction,shall be liable to an imprisonment for two years or a fine of N2,000,000.00 or both fine and imprisonment,” the bill prescribed.

Titled, “A Bill for an Act to Prohibit frivolous Petitions and other Matters Connected therewith”, the bill mandates that anyone who seeks to file a petition must produce a sworn court affidavit, failure of which attracts a six-month imprisonment upon conviction.

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