Friday, 27 October 2017

"It would amount to an invitation to anarchy to say that the cyber space is beyond control” says Nigerian Court





Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja has declared that it would be an invitation to anarchy to think that the social media should be without any form of control.

 The judge made the submission while delivering judgement on  a fundamental right case filed by Audu Maikori, the CEO of Chocolate City Entertainment. Maikori approached the court seeking redress after he was unlawfully detained by the Nigerian Police on the orders of Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state. This followed a tweet by Maikori that students are being killed in Southern Kaduna earlier in the year. The claim was later found to be untrue.

After delivering judgement in favour of Maikori and awarding a N40 million cost against El-Rufai and the Police, Justice Tsoho declared that Maikori invited the breach of his rights upon himself.

According to him: 

"I hold the respectful view that by virtue of his act, the applicant made himself liable to be deprived of his personal liberty”

He also declared that: “Social media cannot be without social responsibility. It would amount to an invitation to anarchy to say that the cyber space is beyond control”.

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