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Nigerian Lawyers React To Cyber Crime Bill

29 January, 2014
Daily Trust

Frontline human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has thrown his weight behind the cybercrime bill proposed by the federal government.

Speaking during a telephone interview with Daily Trust yesterday, Ozekhome said there is no right that is absolute, adding that the right to privacy could be derogated. According to him, a law that will control the use of internet will be acceptable so as not to abuse it with a view to protecting and moderating the use of the social media and prevent it from being used to pull down the nation.

He said freedom of expression must be restricted for the purpose of morality, law and order.

"There is no absolute right anywhere in the world, even the right to life and liberty can be taken away in the execution of death penalty after due trial. Freedom of expression will not give you the right to cause commotion and it is further restricted by libel and slander", he said. Another senior lawyer, Paul Ananaba (SAN) expressed concern over abuses by security agents, saying the freedom of an individual to communicate should not be hindered by monitoring.

Ananaba said criticism usually follows wherever cybercrime law is introduced. "Other ways of monitoring communication should be devised as security agents know the clue if there is suspicion hence there should be no blanket monitoring".

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