Following the Nigerian government’s suspension of the microblogging site Twitter, telecoms firms such as MTN, Airtel, Glo, and 9Mobile have begun limiting access to the social networking site.
Following the suspension, the telcos said they received a mandate from the Nigerian Communications Commission to ban access to Twitter in the country by Federal Government on Friday.
The Nigerian Twitterati woke up on Saturday encountering difficulty in accessing their Twitter handles while some navigated the hurdle using virtual private networks.
Mobile network operators in the country under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, however, made it clear that they have started blocking access to Twitter in a statement issued on Saturday.
The statement which was titled, ‘Order to Suspend access to Twitter’. It was jointly signed by ALTON Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo; and ALTON Executive Secretary, Gbolahan Awonuga.
“We, The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria, wish to confirm that our members have received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission, the industry regulator, to block access to Twitter,” the statement stated.
“ALTON undertook a thorough review of the directive in accordance with internationally recognized standards.,
“Based on national interest provisions in the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, and within the licence terms under which the industry operates; our members have acted in compliance with the directives of the Nigerian Communications Commission, the industry regulator.
“We will continue to engage all the relevant authorities and stakeholders and will act as may be further directed by the NCC. We remain committed to supporting the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and upholding the rights of citizens.