Twitter Suspends Niger Delta Avengers Account

A soldier from the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army stands amidst the ruin of the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno State north-eastern Nigeria on March 25, 2016.
There's not much left of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram kidnapped 276 teenagers in the dead of night nearly two years ago. Even the word "girls" on the school sign outside has been painted over in black -- hidden from the world, just like the 219 students who are still missing. 
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The Twitter handle, @NDAvengers, used by rampaging militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, to announce its activities has been suspended by the social media platform.

A check on Monday morning revealed the development.

The militant group has announced its attacks, which have negatively affected oil production in the country.

In series of tweets on Sunday morning, the group through the handle announced its attacks on oil facilities operated by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.

The account was functional when our correspondent checked between 6:00am and 8:00am on Monday. Later checks, however, showed it had been suspended.

The message on the social media platform read, “Account suspended! This account has been suspended. Learn more about why Twitter suspends accounts, or return to your timeline.”

The spokesman of the Avengers, Mudoch Agbinibo, confirmed the suspension in a statement posted on Facebook.

It added, “Notice! This is to bring to your notice that our twitter handle 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!!!”

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