Nigerian Senate approves ‘spying’ bill

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Despite opposition from civil and human rights groups, members of the Nigerian Senate have unanimously approved the bill seeking to empower relevant security agencies in the country to intercept communications deemed prejudicial to national security.

The bill passed the second reading at the Senate and has been referred to the committees on Communications, Judiciary and National Security for further input.

When finally passed into law, the bill would monitor communications such as telephonic calls, e-mail messages and such other electronic exchange of information like short messaging service (SMS) and multimedia applications.

Lawmakers believe it would enhance national security, prevent crime and facilitate criminal investigations.