Nigeria’s Corrupt Attorney General Violates Own Twitter Ban, Uses VPN To Access and ‘Suspend Account’

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Tuesday logged into Twitter and deactivated his account using Virtual Private Networks (VPN), a screenshot posted by the minister has showed.

Malami had on Saturday threatened to prosecute Nigerians who were still using VPN to access the micro blogging platform.

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VPN is a connection that allows users to establish a protected network connection when using public networks.

Malami took to his Facebook page on Tuesday, posting a screenshot from the Twitter app showing his account has been deleted.

A clear look at the photo showed that VPN was active on the phone the AGF used for the screenshot.

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The Nigerian government had last Friday banned Twitter after the App deleted a controversial comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari, in which he made reference to the Nigerian Civil War, which many Nigerians described as distasteful. 

The Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, a staunch supporter of the present regime, also tweeted on Sunday despite the ban.

Amidst the public outcry and criticism that followed the government’s decision, Malami had on Saturday directed the Director of Public Prosecutions in his office to begin the process of prosecuting violators of the government suspension order.

Despite his threat, many Nigerians have been using VPN to access Twitter.