Did the US Embassy Deny Bishop David Oyedepo’s United States’ Visa Application?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Friday 31st January 2020, several media organisations had reported a claim that Bishop David Oyedepo, President of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, was denied United States Visa. The report claimed there was a ‘melodrama’ at the Embassy on Thursday, January 30 2020. The ThisDAY Newspaper report went viral on Social Media, …

Did Arewa Youths Threaten War If Yorubas Don't Dissolve Operation Amotekun?

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: CDD is in possession of a video created by Simon Ekpa and posted on his Facebook page on January 11, 2020. The video contained claims already published by several online blogs including  Naija polity, iexclusivenews, and Aynaijang News. It was alleged that the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum has threatened to begin a war, should the Yorubas refuse to …

DID PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TWEET ABOUT NIGERIA SUPPORTING IRAN?

Verdict: False Claim: CDD Factcheckers came across a screenshot of a statement posted on twitter alleged to be that of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, from his known verified twitter account, @realDonaldTrump. The statement reads: “We have reports of Nigeria Supporting Iran ACTIVELY and PASSIVELY….just got of the phone with secretary Pompeo….the …

Did the French army deliver motorcycles to terrorists in Nigeria?

VERDICT: FASLE CLAIM: On January 5th, CDD received a set of 7 photos and one video on her WhatsApp platform. The seven photos show motorcycles being offloaded from an aircraft in an airport (location not stated) followed by pictures of bike riders in the desert. France24 had previously fact-checked an almost identical series of images, …

Corruption and Democracy in Africa: Conjoined Histories (Call for Contributions)

Call for Contributions to a Thematic Issue of Democracy and Development: Journal of West African Affairs Why has corruption, understood as the diversion of public goods towards strictly parochial ends, persisted, and by certain measures even worsened, across transitioning African countries? Why has the coming of democracy not eventuated in the kind of drastic reduction …