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Confirmed! NCC orders telcos, 'suspend access to Twitter' - ITREALMS

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Telecommunication operators in the country have confirmed receipt of order from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to effect the suspension order on Twitter including citizens access, reports ITREALMS.

Confirming this to ITREALMS, the operators under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) said they have received “order to suspend access to Twitter.”
Also in a press statement available to ITREALMS early Saturday morning, ALTON through its chairman and executive secretary, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo and Mr. Gbolahun Awonuga affirmed the industry regulator has instructed telcos to formally suspend access to Twitter.

“ALTON wishes to confirm that our members have received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator to suspend access to Twitter,” they said.

ALTON equally told ITREALMS that it has conducted a robust assessment of the request in accordance with internationally accepted principles and based on national interest provisions in the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, and within the licence terms under which the industry operates has to comply.

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“… Our members have acted in compliance with the directives of the Nigerian Communications Commisison (NCC) the industry regulator,” ALTON said, assuring that they will continue to engage all the relevant authorities and stakeholders and will act as may be further directed by the NCC.

ALTON reiterated commitment to support the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and upholding the rights of citizens.

The telcos were quick to add that as an industry, they endorse the position of the United Nations that the rights held by people offline must also be protected online.

“This includes respecting and protecting the rights of all people to communicate, to share information freely and responsibly, and to enjoy privacy and security regarding their data and their use of digital communications,” ALTON said.

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