The Senate has withdrawn the frivolous petition bill otherwise known as the Antisocial media bill sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah. At the plenary yesterday May 17th, the senate received the Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters that examined the legality of the bill.
During the deliberation of the committees report, Dino Melaye said the bill, if passed, will work against Whistleblowers who provide information to the police and other security agents.
Senator Shehu Sani while contributing to the debate, said the bill if passed will stifle the press and also silence social media. He commended the senate committee on Judiciary for standing against the passage of the bill.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu posed a question to the senators who unanimously asked that the bill be stepped down.