Facebook has deleted an account of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, after releasing a video where he accused Fulani herdsmen of destroying farmlands.
Kanu published a video showing some men, allegedly members of Eastern Security Network – a militia group in Nigeria’s Southeast– engaged in the massive killing of cows in herdsmen’s settlements.
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Nigeria is currently battling with farmers/herders clashes in many parts of the country.
Facebook told the BBC that the company wanted to; “give people the chance to speak up” while it also wanted people to “come to the terms that they’re safeguarded” whilst on the platform.
In a statement, Facebook said deleting Nnamdi Kanu’s page was in line with the regulations of posting feeds that are defamatory in nature.
A member of the Eastern Security Network group, who wouldn’t want his name mentioned, said the group would appeal against the ban, maintaining that the ban excludes Radio Biafra and its other social media accounts/platforms.
Kanu’s Facebook page has always been the platform for IPOB members worldwide.
Nigeria’s government had proscribed the group in 2017.