Stella Dimoko Senate Introduces Hate Speech Bill


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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Senate Introduces Hate Speech Bill

Senator Sabi Abdullahi representing Niger North Senatorial district on Tuesday sponsored a private bill to tackle hate speeches and other social media related contents, considered antagonistic to the interest of Nigerian society.

The lawmaker, who was Senate Spokesman in the 8th Senate and now Deputy Chief Whip, wants the National Assembly to establish a Commission with administrative structures to deal with hate speeches in Nigeria.
The bill titled: “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Est., etc) bill, 2019 (SB. 154)” passed its first reading on Tuesday.

A similar Bill was sponsored last year March by same Senator Abdullahi where the bill stated that any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person shall die by hanging upon conviction.

Though the bill died on arrival, the Senator has reintroduced the same Bill . Recall that the former bill also sought the establishment of an ‘Independent National Commission for Hate Speeches’, which shall enforce hate speech laws across the country, ensure the elimination of the menace and advise the Federal Government.

For offences such as harassment on the grounds of ethnicity or racial contempt, a culprit shall be sentenced to “not less than a five-year jail term or a fine of not less than N10 million or both.”

The bill noted that: “A person who uses, publishes, presents, produces, plays, provides, distributes and/or directs the performance of any material, written and/or visual, which is threatening, abusive or insulting or involves the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, commits an offence, if such person intends thereby to stir up ethnic hatred, or having regard to all the circumstances, ethnic hatred is likely to be stirred up against any person or person from such an ethnic group in Nigeria.”


  1. Are we in animal kingdom?😱😱😱

  2. Those concern should take note.

  3. Nigeria should just be divided already, let us go our separate ways.

  4. This government is doing everything possible to silence the masses but God will not allow them

  5. Kai Stella this your frog says it all 😀

  6. They are looking for ways to shut us up. In Nigeria hate speech means constructive criticism. Na God go punish all of them. Bad leaders.

  7. Reno Omokiri is their ALBATROSS,they can't shut him up. What is the different between this regime and Military if there is no freedom of speech

  8. What happened to a freedom of Speech??

    Are we still practicing DEMOCRACY or ???

    I understand that sometimes people go overboard in the way they pass their messages. I detest Cyber-bullying and I hate it when I come across it online...

  9. Just imagine! Trying to silence free speech under the cover of hate speech. Same people who benefitted free speech to come into government. I hope when what they are formenting matures they will be able to bear the consequences.

  10. mitchew,,i dont care and am not scared cuz this is not the first time.

    i was one of those guys Fayose intend to kill due to politics then in ekiti state

  11. I don't understand this government at all, what happens to a corrupt politician?

  12. killing because of hate speech 😱, while corrupt politicians walk away freely.

  13. Trying so hard to stop same thing that brought you to power is called iberiberism. Dead on arrival.


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