WERE THE AIDES OF VICE PRESIDENT OSINBAJO ASKED TO VACATE ASO ROCK?

VERDICT: Misleading CLAIM: On September 19th 2019, a Facebook page Get Nigeria Working Again Updates shared a post in a Facebook group with the claim: ‘’ JUST IN! VP Yemi Osinbajo’s Nearly 100 Aides Asked to Vacate their Aso Villa Offices. Osinbajo Looking For Office Space To Accomodate them in Town.’’ The post had 189 …

Is the Federal Civil Service Commission Conducting a Mass Recruitment?

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: A message on the popular messaging app WhatsApp with the claim the ‘‘Nigerian government announces mass recruitment’’ has gone viral again, between August 31st and September 7th 2019. It previously went viral in September 2017. This time, it is being shared vigorously to target young unemployed Nigerians. The message claimed the Federal …

Is MasterCard giving out Scholarships to University of Manchester?

VERDICT: FASLE CLAIM: A call for research titles purported to be from finance provider MasterCard, trending on WhatsApp and is being shared via email and other platforms. The scheme named ‘‘The Young African Science Technology and Innovation Schemes’’ is offering young Africans a chance to study various Master Degrees at the University of Manchester. FACT: …

Did Trump release names of politicians who hid public funds in US banks?

VERDICT:  False CLAIM: A WhatsApp message alleging that the President of the United States Donald Trump, has released a list of names of Nigerian politicians who hid public funds in US banks, has been trending since September 14th 2019. The list containing names of 25 Nigerians, US banks and the amount alleged to have been …

Call for Consultant: Trainer on Media and Strategic Communication for Anti-Corruption Agencies

Call for Consultant Opening: 18th September, 2019 Closing: 30th September, 2019 Contract Type: Consultancy Location: Nigeria   About CDD The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in London in 1997 and registered with the Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission in 1999. CDD is an independent, not-for-profit, research, training, advocacy and capacity building organisation. The …

Did Oshiomole Plot the Return of Ize-Iyamu to APC?

Verdict: FALSE CLAIM: CDD fact checkers have spotted a trending news report by the Midwest Herald, a Community Newspaper in Nigeria. The news story has been sighted on social media platforms including WhatsApp. The report claimed that the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is plotting the return of Pastor Osagie …

#Xenophobic: Did Dino Melaye ask President Buhari to take a Lead for once?

Verdict: FALSE CLAIM: CDD fact-checkers have spotted a trending message on Twitter from the handle, purportedly belonging to the Nigerian Senator, Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District accusing President Buhari with relations to the #Xenophobic attack in South Africa. The handle:  @DinoMelaye_ tweeted with the message directed at President Mohammedu Buhari: “If it’s to …

Did Angry Nigerians Burn Down MTN Office in Apapa, Lagos State?

Verdict: FALSE CLAIM: CDD disinformation spotters has sighted several news stories; including gory videos, connected to the ongoing Xenophobia attack in South Africa. A trending picture has gone viral online with claim that angry Nigerians in response to the attack on Nigerians in South Africa have burnt down an MTN office in Apapa area of …