Twitter unverifies VP account as VP claims attack


Gbeleyi Abayomi

Micro-blogging social network popular known as Twitter, has unverified the account of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, amid speculation that there was an attempt to hack the account.

All tweets by the account have since been deleted and his profile picture and header image have been taken down.

The account which no longer shows up in Twitter query was said to have been suspended, retrieved and unverified — all in less than 24 hours.

While some suggest the VP was hacked, others claim he was suspended, but Twitter is yet to speak on the matter.

The hit — whatsoever it actually was — took place on Friday night and early Saturday, but the account was back online by Saturday morning, but all 2,399 tweets previously made by the vice-president and former attorney general of Lagos state were all gone.

TheCable access an archived version of the VP’s account, and his last tweet was from July 28, 2019 — after visiting the home of Precious Owolabi, the Channels TV reporter killed in the Shi’ites-Police clash in Abuja.

“Nothing will ever compare with the pain of losing a child. This evening, I visited the family of Precious Owolabi and as a nation, we grieve the loss of this bright young man. May the Almighty God comfort the family and loved ones,” Osinbajo tweeted, alongside a video from the visit.

Osinbajo’s last tweet before the hit

TheCable contacted Twitter to confirm the reasons behind the suspension — but no response has been received as at the time this report was filed.

Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant to the VP on media and publicity, has been contacted for comments.

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