DSS questions Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage over social media post

Nigeria artists, Tiwa Savage and Don Jazzy  who was invited for questioning by the DSS over social media post
Tochi Juliet

The Marvins record Boss, Michael Ajereh who is widely known as Don Jazzy, and Tiwatope Savage popularly known as Tiwa Savage, have been reportedly questioned by the Police and DSS over their alleged social media posts against the Nigeria Government.

Some months ago, following a sharp rise in sexual assault cases across Nigeria, especially against women, Tiwa Savage began a movement known as "WeAreTired" in protest of the situation.

Through the movement, the musician called on Buhari’s administration to take action to stem the tide of rape in the country. This, in addition to several posts on social media calling on the government to live up to its responsibilities to Nigerians, earned the singer a special invitation by the Department of State Services, DSS.

According to findings made by Sahara reporters, it was this online protests, together with others that earned the female music star and her Counterpart, Don Jazzy who is also an active voice on social media an invitation to the office of the DSS.

A member of Tiwa Savage's management team, who confirmed the development to SaharaRepoters, said that the celebrated female artiste would not stop speaking for Nigerians regardless of any move by the government.

Yemi Alade and Waje were also summoned by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Zubairu Muazu, shortly after the incident, warning the celebrities to stay away from political matters in order to avoid the wrath of the President.

Afro-pop singer Yemi Alade was also warned by DSS over her social media posts

Besides the celebrities, an invitation was also handed out to Obadiah Malaifa, former CBN deputy governor over the comments he made about Boko Haram's operation in the North.

In a bid to stem the tide of rising cases of hate speech and fake news, the Federal Government moved to introduce the fake news and hate speech bill, which they said creates apprehension, a lot of mistrust and divides the country along ethnic and religious lines.

The Federal Government on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, announced the increase of fine for hate speech from N500, 000 to N5 million.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the unveiling ceremony of the revised National Broadcasting Code by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Lagos.

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