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Hate speech: Police set to descend on offenders



The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has set in motion necessary arrangements for prosecution of offenders under the Terrorism Prevention Act.

Under Nigeria’s Terrorism Prevention Act, which became law in 2011 and got amended for greater effectiveness in 2013, terrorism-related offences, including harbouring or facilitating offenders, attracts sanctions including jail terms ranging from 10 to 20 years.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo first dropped hint of government’s intention to henceforth deal with authors of hate speech after a coalition of Arewa youth organoffendersizations gave Igbo residing in the north until October 1 to move out of the area.

President Muhammadu Buhari backed the move on Tuesday when he directed the security agencies to go after those threatening the nation’s unity through hate speeches.

The quit notice was withdrawn on Thursday by its authors.

Speaking with The Nation correspondent in Abuja, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Moshood Jimoh, said IGP Idris had already mapped out an action plan in addition to giving firm directives to top police chiefs for implementation of the new law across the federation.

The Nation, August 26, 2017


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  1. yanju omotodun

    August 26, 2017 at 8:33 am

    That’s the best, grill everyone promoting hate speeches without prejudice and favouritism.


      August 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Sure, it’s the best way but security personnel especially the police should not use it extremely because I don’t trust them before they will start roping innocent people all in the name of being arresting hate speeches promoters

  2. Anita Kingsley

    August 26, 2017 at 11:24 am

    The federal government need to define what hate speech is to them before we know what they really consider as hate speech.

  3. Animashaun Ayodeji

    August 26, 2017 at 11:37 am

    This hate speech will cause more problem than what federal government prepares for. How many people will the police now arrest for hate speech? All the cells in the country will get filled up in matter of days.

    • seyi jelili

      August 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Let’s it be that way if that will stop the spate of hate speeches.

  4. Abeni Adebisi

    August 26, 2017 at 11:46 am

    This is important to keep the country in order, hate speeches kill orderliness and unity of a country. WHen people start going to jail for their speech, others will desist from it

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