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#FreeAlexSaab: Twitter Suspends Nigerian Influencers’ Accounts



Ganiyat Ganiyu

The accounts of some Nigerian social media influencers have been suspended by micro-blogging site, Twitter, for their alleged involvement in a paid campaign for the release of Columbian businessman, Alex Saab.

Although, there was yet to be an official statement from Twitter but the suspension was said to be in connection to the campaign for the release of Saab.

Saab who was delclared wanted for money laundering in the United States was arrested in Cape Verde in 2020 when the private jet he was traveling on stopped during what Venezuela has described as a humanitarian mission.

The suspended influencers include Uncle Pamilerin, Samuel Mbah, Danny Walter, Tife, Valhalla, Mr Ahmed, Adonai, Volqx, Lamar, Four-eyed Edo Boy, Biisi.

According to an intelligence analysis report published by Financial Times, Venezuelan government is using fake Twitter accounts to sway public opinion and stop authorities in the West African islands of Cape Verde from extraditing its chief dealmaker to the US.

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Saab, an associate of Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, holds numerous secrets about how Maduro, his family and top aides allegedly siphoned off millions of dollars in government contracts amid widespread hunger in the oil-rich nation.

At the time of his arrest, he was allegedly traveling to Tehran to negotiate deals to exchange Venezuelan gold for Iranian gasoline.

The #FreeAlexSaab hashtag trended online sometimes late last year and also in February 2021 with more than half a million Twitter posts, according to Financial Times analysis.

Some Nigerian social media influencers were allegedly paid to trend the hashtag meant to obstruct justice.

Twitter subsequently sanctioned the influencers and blocked their accounts.

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