A group of legal practitioners under the aegis of Coalition of Lawyers Against Terrorism has urged the Federal Government to swiftly checkmate the activities of some Nigerians who are using the internet to promote cyber terrorism.
The call was contained in a communique reached at the end of a round table meeting in Abeokuta, to review the war against insurgency in Nigeria.
The communique was signed by CDC Chairman, Adedotun Akintola-Idowu and Secretary, Moses Toro, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.
At the parley, the legal practitioners expressed concern that the war against terror has extended to the cyber space where persons that appear to belong to the cyber cells of terrorists deploy propaganda in support of the insurgents.
In view of this sordid development, the coalition urged the three arms of the Federal Government to do the needful by playing their part in dealing with the proliferation of terrorists’ activities online in view of the dangers posed to the country.
The coalition also agreed to explore legal option to compel Facebook, Twitter, NewsRescue and other social media outlets to restrain themselves from being used as channels for promoting terrorists’ propaganda.
The round table was against the backdrop of alleged series of campaigns of calumny being waged online against the Nigerian military by the convener of the Coalition for Peace and Security (CUPS), Dr. Idris Ahmed.
Consequently, the coalition has vowed to drag Dr Idris to court over allegations of malicious publications against the military, capable of undermining the country’s security.
The coalition accused Dr Ahmed of being at the “forefront of the propaganda support for terrorists on the internet through the publication of malicious contents that were found to be false, unsubstantiated and with intent to damage the reputation and standing of the military institution in the estimation of right thinking Nigerians.”
“The malicious contents have been tracked on Facebook, Twitter, NewsRescue website and other online platforms.
“These platforms have been deployed for propagating lies and falsehood that have hurt the interests of Nigeria and Nigerians.
“It is of interest to note that more progress would have been made in completely freeing Nigeria from the clutches of terrorists had such calculated malicious communication not been undertaken by these offenders.
“After exhaustive deliberation, the Coalition of Lawyers Against Terrorism resolved to pursue a legal action against the hired agent of destabilization.
“It has been established that he is an agent of foreign occupation working to advance the interests of terrorists to undermine Nigeria’s national security using falsehood against the military,” the communique stated further.