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Lai Mohammed denies announcing N5m hate speech fine

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Lai Mohammed denies announcing N5m hate speech fine

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied announcing an increment in the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5m.

The minister had however made the announcement in August and also explained that the fine was increased to deter people from willingly violating the provision to destabilize the country.

However in a counter-affidavit in response to an originating motion filed by human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong to challenge the imposition of N5m fine on Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, and the threat by the National Broadcasting Commission to punish other broadcast stations in the country over alleged hate speech, Lai Mohammed denied making the announcement.

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