The Twitter account of Niger Delta’s militant group @NDavengers which has accumulated over 32,000 followers has been deactivated by Twitter.
Image: Niger Delta Avengers’ Twitter Account / Screenshot via Twitter
The account suspension, which is part of twitter’s move to combat violent extremism was effected after the group reported that it had carried out five attacks on oil assets in two days.
However, shortly after the suspension, the spokesperson for the Avengers, Mudoch Agbinibo released a statement on Facebook that confirmed the suspension. According to him:
Notice! This is to bring to your notice that our twitter handle @www.twitter.com/@ndavengers has been suspended and our blog @www.nigerdeltaavengers disabled.
We use this medium to appeal to our fans and supporter to be very careful with any website or twitter claiming to represent us. We shall launch new accounts soon! We must continue the struggle!!!
We should be expecting a move by Facebook also.