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Bill on social media passes second reading at Senate

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A bill intended to regulate social media use in the country, has passed second reading at the Nigerian Senate.

The bill entitled, ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation 2019’ passed second reading on Tuesday.

It was passed after the sponsor, Senator Sani Musa, representing Niger-East, moved a motion for a debate on the proposed law.

The bill is seeking for an Act to make provisions for the protection from internet falsehood and manipulations and related matters.

When the motion for the debate was called on the debate, only Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, a former governor of Enugu State, opposed its passage.

Another senator, who expressed concern on the bill, was Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, who raised a constitutional point of order to caution the red chamber against its passage.

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Those who supported the passage of the bill were Senators Ibrahim Gobir, Elisha Abbo, and Abba Moro.

Consequently, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan put the passage of the bill for a second reading to a voice vote after it was clear that no senator was ready to speak against it.

At the end, the majority of the lawmakers voted in support of the bill and it was read the second time

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