EVC/CEO , NCC, Prof. Danbatta

The Twitter ban in Nigeria is still in effect according to the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde. Adinde said that there had been no communications from the Ministry of Information to lift the ban. The NCC had sent a memo to Mobile Network Operators and Internet Service Providers to block access to Twitter for the ban imposed by the Federal Government to take effect. Some Nigerians had on Wednesday reported gaining access to the app without Virtual Private Networks on their laptops. Our correspondent explains that the reported access to Twitter had only been on Internet Service Providers networks, and not through the mobile networks. A source in an ISP company said, “The way blocking works when it comes to the network is, a specific site or server or URL will be put under a blacklist. Or an instruction will be given to block traffic going to or coming from a certain server. So, a router that sits in between serves as a blockade rather than work as a go through; it will block it. “Depending on the technology deployed, there might be loopholes. A problem could be as regards implementation. It can create a loophole, a human error.”