ICYMI: Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma Backs Censorship Of Social Media

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Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, has declared that he’s in full support of the Nigerian government’s plan to regulate social media.

Uzodinma who made this known while receiving the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, in Owerri, on Thursday noted that he’s backing the proposition because social media has been used to cause trouble in the country.

“I am strongly advocating that social media should be regulated in Nigeria. Opposition party incited hoodlums to cause trouble in Imo, because the real protesters went off the street after my address and assurances to them,” Governor Uzodinma said

The Police boss who visited the state to assess the level of destruction of police facilities during the wake of the #EndSARS protests, also commented saying social media was the greatest weapon used to escalate the protest across Nigeria. According to him, police officers in the state were professional during the civil unrest.

“I can tell you that our men acted professionally during the protest, they had their guns, they were being killed, yet they respected human dignity,” Adamu said. “I came specifically to visit the vandalized property and to see the level of damage done to police facilities in Imo.”

Many Nigerians have kicked against the planned regulation of social media, describing it as a breach of their rights to expression. A bill on the regulation is before the national assembly and has scaled second reading at the senate.

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