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Nigerian Government Ordered to Repeal or Amend Its Law on Cybercrime

– ECOWAS Community Court of Justice

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 22 July 2020

The Economic Community of West African States' Community Court of Justice (CCJ) presents its judgement concerning Nigeria’s cybercrime laws

The CCJ reviewed arguments concerning Section 24 of Nigeria’s 2015 Cybercrime Act and ordered Nigeria to repeal or change the law as it violates human rights afforded to Africans through the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“Delivering judgment on Friday, 10th Jul 2020 in a suit filed by a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) challenging the law, the judge rapporteur for the case, Honorable Justice Januaria T.S. Moreira Costa, held the Nigerian government liable for the violation of the right to freedom of expression.”

The court panel dismissed some of the other claims of rights violations brought by the plaintiff, but their central argument was upheld and the defendant (the State of Nigeria) will need to change its law.

the plaintiff ... claimed among others, that their members’ freedom of expression on the internet or in the use of computer devices was limited/breached by Section 24 of the Cybercrime Act of the Defendant State

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