Anti-Social Media Bill Withdrawn; Senate Bows to Common Sense.

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Good riddance is all I can say. There are more pressing bills to be discussed. It’s encouraging to have common sense play in the Senate. I very much hope it is not a one off. – Jide Salu

Senate President Saraki
Senate President Saraki

The Senate has withdrawn the frivolous petition bill sponsored by Bala Ibn Na’Allah believed to have been aimed at restricting freedom of expression.

The withdrawal of the bill followed the report of the upper chamber’s Committee on Human Rights and Legal Matters submitted by David Umar on Tuesday.

The report made it clear the bill amounted to a violation of citizens’ rights, and contradicted extant laws, imposing a duty of investigation on petitioners and serving as a stumbling block to the fight against corruption.

The introduction of the bill sparked widespread outrage across the country.

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