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The Minister of information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed has said Twitter and other social media providers, otherwise known as over-the-top (OTT) media service providers had been cheating Nigeria of due taxes.

According to the ReubenAbati, the minister disclosed this is a session with the State House Correspondents after the week's Federal Executive Council (FEC) held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr Lai Mohammed has insisted that  Twitter and other social media platform must be registered in Nigeria as Nigerian companies if they wish to continue to render services to Nigerians.

He also added that Twitter was banned because it creates an avenue for people that are threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

He said freedom of speech has not been stifled by the suspension of Twitter as he maintained that Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram and added that if other social media platforms fail to regulate the way people use their platforms he said: "we will ban them too."

In the interview, he revealed that investigation has shown that the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, was one of the sponsors of the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria in 2020.

According to reports, on Wednesday the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives kick against the ban of Twitter in Nigeria and they advised the ban be reversed. 

Reacting to the Minority action, Mr Lai Mohammed said they were entitled to their opinion.

When asked about Nigerians using VPN, he said those using the microblogging platform after the ban will be prosecuted adding that prosecution takes time and the authorities are working towards that effect and he also denied that the suspension is not effective arguing that Twitter is losing money as a result of the action.

Meanwhile, we gathered that Twitter management reached out to the Nigerian government on Wednesday to dialogue.

According to PUNCH, the Minister said Twitter management was seeking “high-level discussion” to resolve the issue that led to the suspension of its activities in Nigeria.

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