Social networking site Facebook has removed the account of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, for repeated violation of its rules on harm and hate speech.
The account was blocked after a live broadcast on Tuesday, in which Kanu accused Fulani herdsmen of destroying their farms.
Mazi Kanu had posted a video of people suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network – an armed militia group he set up in the south-east region, attacking and killing cattle in Fulani herders’ settlements.
It comes at a time when Nigeria is struggling with an upsurge in clashes between herders and farmers in many parts of the country.
A spokesperson for Facebook told the BBC that it “believes in giving people a voice” but it also wants people to “feel safe” while using the platform.
In a statement, it said Mazi Kanu’s page was removed in line with its rules for repeatedly posting content that breaks Facebook’s Community Standards, including those violating rules on co-ordinating harm and hate speech.
Ipob’s lawyer Paul Achalla told the BBC that it will appeal against the ban.
He added that the ban does not affect Radio Biafra and other platforms of the group.
Nnamdi Kanu’s Facebook page has served as a key platform for Ipob to communicate with his followers across the world, reaching thousands of listeners regularly.
The Nigerian government outlawed the group in 2017 after designating it a terrorist organisation.