In an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, November 28, Keyamo disclosed that the FG-led commission to examine Twitter’s operations has made great progress.
“The president made that step to re-calibrate our relationship with Twitter, not to drive them out from our nation,” said Keyamo, who is also a member of the committee.
“We’ve started that recalibration, and the President gladly appointed me to the committee.”
“We also formed a technical team to work with Twitter, and we devised a list of requirements for them to meet in order for us to lift the ban.”
“It was Twitter that reached out to the Federal Government to say they want to know what they can do to straighten up the relationship with the Federal Government, and so we’ve gone a long way, but I may not be able to say much at this forum, but we gave them a lot of conditions, and they agreed to all of the conditions,” she said.
In other events, Festus Keyamo, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and Employment and a Senior Advocate, has called the judicial panel set up to investigate charges of police brutality and SARS-related abuses across the country illegal.
In answer to a question about the government’s position on a leaked report by the Lagos judicial panel, the human rights lawyer argued in an interview with Channels TV that the state government cannot investigate the conduct of police officers and military personnel.
He puts it like way:
“As a sitting minister, I will not respond to this question.” As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, I am entitled to my own view and shall respond to this question accordingly. This is not the position of the federal government. That panel was, in my opinion, illegal.
All lawyers who are listening to me should review the Lagos State Tribunal Act. It states that the governor would have the authority to investigate any person’s behaviour, chieftaincy matters, and other matters that might benefit the public interest.
Section 21 of the act, on the other hand, defined “any person” as “public authorities of the state.” This refers to a member of the Lagos state government, or a local government, as the case may be. The word “any matter” was used at the end of section one, implying that they can inquire into any subject.
People currently believe that inquiring into any thing means that you can simply be at large and inquire into any subject.
However, if you read at section 21 of the Tribunal of Inquiry law again, it states that it must be within Lagos state’s legislative authority. The person or thing must fall under Lagos state’s legislative jurisdiction. In other words, the Lagos state may only investigate the conduct of persons over whom it has power. You can look into my behavior if you don’t have control over me.
The police, armed forces, and military are not under the supervision of the Lagos state officers. They are federal government employees. Only the federal government has the constitutional authority to oversee the behavior of police officers and military personnel. Lagos is not, and never will be, under control. When it comes to police and military problems, you can’t legislate too much.
You cannot claim that you are now hiding under that phrase of any subject in order to thwart the original goal of the legislation, which states that you must not go beyond the people you have control over.
So when you now say any matter and in the course of delving into any matter you now call people and begin to inquire into the conduct of people not under your control. It’s against the law. It’s completely against the law. An unauthorized panel can’t provide any papers or recommendations. “Nothing,” he declared.