The Twitter account of Niger Delta Avengers, @NDAvengers, which is a medium through which the militants announce their attacks on oil installations was suspended on Monday, July 4th.
The account with over 31,000 followers was black-listed following the group’s announcement on the micro-blogging site that it had carried out five attacks on key oil installations in the last few days.
Even though Twitter does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons, a spokesman for the site said the Niger Delta Avengers account was suspended in line with the company’s policy, which detailed specific rule pertaining to violent threats.
The rule says that “you may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.”
The Avengers allegedly contravened this rule by using a Twitter account as its main form of communication, using it to publicize claims of attacks and as a platform to criticise the Federal Government.
A search for feeds of the @NDAvengers handle throughout yesterday only showed that account had been suspended.
The group’s last Twitter post was in the early hours of Sunday morning when it claimed it attacked five crude-pumping facilities overnight, including those belonging to Chevron and three trunk lines belonging to the NNPC. The tweets read:
“At 11:26 p.m. on Saturday, @NDAvengers blow up (sic) two NPDC major crude trunk lines close to Batan Flow Station in Delta State.
“At 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, @NDAvengers blow (sic) up two major Chevron oil wells. Well 7 and Well 8 close to Abiteye Flow Station in Delta State.”
Their spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, confirmed the suspension in a statement posted on Facebook which said:
“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 supporters to be very careful with any website or twitter claiming to represent us. We shall launch new accounts soon! We must continue the struggle!!!”
In February, Twitter said it had shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of which were linked to the Islamic State group.