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It has been revealed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has for two years been funding IPI Solutions, a software engineering firm owned by Adamu Garba to produce Crowwe, a platform, that would help the government silence existing social media platforms in the country.
According to People’s Gazette, more than two years after the Buhari regime invested public funds into Garba’s application, there is little hope, however, that taxpayers would see a bang for the buck.
People’s Gazette obtained bank documents that carried a transfer of funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria to Garba’s IPI Solutions, a software engineering firm run by Mr Garba.
The company developed and deployed the Crowwe social media app.
The Central Bank of Nigeria on May 21, 2019, transferred N136.8million to Garba’s IPI Solutions, documents said, marking one of several transfers that sources said the Buhari regime paid to Garba in the course of building the Crowwe app.
As part of efforts to give life to Crowwe, Garba sought to push Twitter out of Nigeria, filing a lawsuit against the platform in the wake of last October’s historic #EndSARS campaign.
More than any other social media rivals, Garba saw Twitter’s presence in Nigeria as an existential threat to his own platform and assumed its exit would push Nigerians to his own platform by default.
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