As of January 2014 Nigeria was home to nearly 56m Internet users, according to data published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN’s information and communications technology arm.

This figure has more than doubled since 2009, when the country was home to around 24 million Internet users.

The rapid growth of internet-savvy Nigerians has had a major impact on the domestic media, advertising industries, political, electoral, cultural and economic life in the country.

An estimated 15 million Nigerians use social media, and 43 million of the 145 million active phone users use text, instant messenger, or twitter direct messaging services, according to data from Facebook, the Nigeria Communication Commission, and the 2015 mid-year Mobile Africa survey conducted by Geopoll.

Last September, Facebook announced that Nigeria had 15 million monthly active users as of June 30 2014, and that all of them use mobiles devices to “like, share and upload content on the social network.”

Some representative sample of stories chronicling Internet surveillance in Nigeria

1. EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan awards $40million contract to Israeli company to monitor computer, Internet communication by Nigerians

2. INVESTIGATION: Bayelsa Governor hires world’s most ruthless hackers for N100M to hack computers, phones in Nigeria

3. INVESTIGATION: Nigerian Hacking Governors Forum: Amaechi, Akpabio, Uduaghan hacked phones too

4. INVESTIGATION: How Jonathan govt. paid companies linked to Doyin Okupe to hack ‘unfriendly’ websites