Twitter to pay tax to build Legal entity into Nigeria after it suspension is lifted
Social media Mammoth Twitter has agreed to pay “ applicable tax” and establish a legal reality in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2022, a elderly government functionary said on Wednesday.
Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency, who headed the Nigerian platoon that negotiated with Twitter, said in a statement while publicizing the lifting of the further than six-month-long suspense of the social media platform in the country.
Twitter will also appoint a “ designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities” by 2023 and register with the Corporate Affairs Commissiion, Abdullahi said.
The platform is also anticipated to enrol Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Doors. The Law Enforcement Portal provides a channel for the law enforcement agencies to submit a report with a legal defense where it suspects that content violates Nigerian Laws.
“ Twitter has agreed to act with a regardful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws and the public culture and history on which similar legislation has been erected and work with the FGN and the broader assiduity to develop a Law of Conduct in line with global stylish practices, applicable in nearly all developed countries,” Abdullahi said.
Nigeria suspended Twitter in June 2021, days after the platform deleted a comment from Buhari’s account, provoking roar over freedom of expression in Africa’s most vibrant country.
Nigerian officers defended the suspense saying Twitter was used to promote fake news and for destabilising conditioning, especially by secessionists in the southeast.
Buhari’s government and Twitter have been in addresses over a list of conditions for ending the suspense, including conversations on levies, content, and registering locally in Nigeria.
“ The issues are being addressed and I've directed that the suspense be lifted, but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens to continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements,” Buhari said in a speech marking Nigeria’s independence day.