The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of Twitter, in Nigeria.

This announcement was shared on Twitter in a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Abuja on Friday.

The decision was made because of the “persistent” use of Twitter “for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,” the press release stated.

The Minister added that the FG has directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to begin the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria immediately.

Read statement below:

“PRESS RELEASE FG Suspends @Twitter Operations in Nigeria.

The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting l Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant To The President (Media) Office of the Minister of Information and Culture Abuja.”

This comes a few days after the social networking service allegedly took down a series of Tweet made by President Muhammadu Buhari concerning the security situation in Nigeria.