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Nigeria blames Twitter boss for #EndSars losses

Nigeria blames Twitter boss for #EndSars losses

Nigeria blames Twitter boss for #EndSars losses

Nigeria’s government holds Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey

indirectly liable for the losses the country suffered during

the EndSars protest, the country’s Information Minister

has told a call-in programme.

Mr Dorsey and the social media firm have not yet

responded to the allegations.

Tens of thousands of Nigerians took to the streets last October

in protests against police brutality.

They became known as the EndSars demonstrations as they

were sparked after a video went viral of a man allegedly being

killed by the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sar).

Information Minister Lai Mohammed alleged Mr Dorsey had

launched a fund for the protests, asking people to donate via Bitcoin.

Twitter had further fuelled the crisis by

launching an EndSars emoji, he alleged.

“If you ask people to donate money via Bitcoin for EndSars

protesters then you are vicariously liable for whatever is the

outcome of the protest,” the News Agency of Nigeria

quotes the minister as saying.

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“We have forgotten that EndSars led to loss of lives, including 37

policemen, six soldiers, 57 civilians while property worth

billions of naira were destroyed.”

He went on to list the property destroyed as:

164 police vehicles

134 police stations burnt

265 private firms looted

243 public properties looted

81 warehouses looted

More than 200 new buses bought by the Lagos State government burnt.

Twitter is in discussions with the government after it was banned

Nigeria on 4 June – this followed its deletion of a tweet by

President Mohammadu Buhari which had breached the site’s rules.

Mr Mohammed reportedly told the Politics Nationwide phone-in

show that he had no apology to offer to those unhappy

over the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country

 

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