Nigeria: DHQ Approves New Guidelines for Use of Social Media by Military Personnel

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Following increasing discovery of leakage of information about troop’s movement to Boko Haram terrorists and other security breaches through the social media, the Defence headquarters in Nigeria approved new guidelines of the use of social media to tackle cyber-security crimes.

Under the new guidelines, Officers of the Nigerian Military will lose seniority, reduction in rank or dismissal if their actions compromise national security.

The new law entitled Policy on the Use of Social Media for the Armed Forces of Nigeria was signed by the Chief of Defence staff General Abayomi Olonisakin.

The new law stipulates among others, that all the Services, the Nigerian Army, Navy and Airforce are to establish Social Media Directorates to monitor the Social Media and tell the Armed Forces story in real time.

The law gives guidelines for use of Social Media by military personnel including the extent to which members of their families are allowed to use social media.

Furthermore, the new policy spelt out the Do’s and Don’ts on social media to be adhered to by military personnel.
The new policy also stipulated actions on Social Media that are regarded as offences and punishment to be meted out.

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