The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that it is not within its purview to arrest and prosecute violators of the Twitter suspension order.
Recall that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had in a statement on Saturday directed the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to liaise with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, the NCC and other relevant government agencies “to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”
But speaking on how far the NCC had gone in collaborating with the DPP to prosecute violators of the Twitter order , the Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, told The Punch that it was not within the power of the commission to arrest or prosecute.
“The NCC is a regulator. It is not within our power to arrest or prosecute. Based on our statement, we limited ourselves based on the order given to us by the government, which was to instruct the operators to disconnect, which was what we did. So, the other aspects are not within our purview,” Adinde said.