Nigeria lifts 7-month ban on Twitter

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Twitter is set to become accessible in Nigeria again after the government said on Wednesday it would lift the ban on the site, which has been in place for seven months.

After discussions with the U.S. company, it was agreed that Twitter would open an office in Nigeria, a government official said, without revealing more details.

The ban is expected to be lifted from midnight (23:00 GMT).

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered on June 5 to close the service in the country of about 200 million inhabitants.

Previously, Twitter deleted a controversial post from the president on the Nigerian civil war and suspended the president’s account for 12 hours.

The government did not provide a specific reason for the comment at the time, but said the platform had been used repeatedly for “activities which could undermine Nigeria’s existence.”

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