Protesters have stormed the National Assembly in Abuja to protest against the bill seeking to regulate the social media and curb hate speech in the country, and the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore.
Comprising individuals and civil society organisations, the protesters displayed placards asking the legislature to discard the bills.
The protection from internet falsehoods and manipulation bill and the national commission for the prohibition of hate speeches bill were recently introduced in the senate.
Some Nigerians say it is a plot to clamp down on free speech and public criticism.
Despite intense opposition to the bills, only one senator Chimaroke Nnamani from Enugu state spoke against that which seeks to regulate social media before it was passed for second reading.
The protesters, who were stopped at the entrance of the complex by security agents, said the two proposed legislations infringe on the right of Nigerians to free speech.
The placards they displayed read: “It is slavery not to speak one’s thought”, “social media bill another draconian decree”, and “do not gag me.”