FG to Senate: Law on hate speech, cybercrime already in existence

FG to Senate: Law on hate speech, cybercrime already in existence

- The federal government wants Nigerians to stop making conclusions concerning the hate speech bill before the Senate

- Gbemisola Saraki, minister of state for transportation, maintains that a law against hate speech and cyber crime already exists in the country

- The minister says cyber crime has become a global issue of worry

Indications that the federal government may not have been comfortable with the death penalty provision in the bill seeking to establish the hate speech commission emerged on Wednesday, November 13, when Gbemisola Saraki, minister of state for transportation, spoke about it.

Saraki, who reacted after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, the nation’s capital, said Nigerians were jumping into conclusion concerning the bill.

According to her, the bill sponsored by Senator Sabi Abdullahi has not been passed into law.

“It’s a bill, it’s not yet law. So the sponsor of the bill might have put the death penalty there. I think we are jumping the gun a bit, he is proposing the bill is not yet an act.

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“Be that as it may, I think the cyber crime act is a law already in Nigeria; the cyber crime Act that has the hate speech aspect in it,” she insisted saying the said law was passed between 2014 and 2015.

She added that cyber crime is had become a major issue across the world and that people are now more concerned about it than before.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, November 12, introduced the bill seeking to outlaw hate speeches and prescribe punishment for offenders.

The report said the bill is meant to establish a commission for the prohibition of hate speeches in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has cautioned the Nigerian Senate against toying with the idea of anti-hate speech bill.

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Atiku, in a statement issued on Tuesday, November 12, by his special adviser on media, Paul Ibe, saying the contemplation of such laws was in itself not just hate speech, but an abuse of the legislative process.

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