Are Nigerians being asked to pay 1.2 million Naira for Coronavirus Testing?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: A viral tweet by a Twitter user @coolfrancess on March 17th, 2020 alleged that the Lagos University Teaching Hospital  (LUTH) asked for 1.2 million Naira to test for Coronavirus disease. FACT: This claim has been shared over 3,300 times on Twitter and liked by over 6,300 users. Nigeria confirmed its first case …

CSOs and Others Honour Bjorn Beckman in Abuja

Civil Society Organisations, academics, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Many well-wishers gathered together on Thursday, March 12, 2019, in Abuja to honour Bjorn Beckman an internationalist, a Marxist scholar and a friend of Nigeria, who died in November 2019. The theme of the memorial colloquium in memory of the 81-year old Marxist scholar is “The …

Did UNICEF release guideline that Coronavirus can be killed by heat?

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development spotted a viral message supposedly from UNICEF – the United Nations Children’s Fund – with several claims about the New Coronavirus COVID-19. The false information including a circular printed by a University and pasted on the student hostel, alleged to be from the United …

Can Dettol Kill the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19?

VERDICT: Misleading CLAIM: A viral message on WhatsApp, which originated from Facebook has been trending in Nigeria with the claim “Wow! We’ll share! Imagine Dettol can help in fighting Coronavirus and we’re ignorant of it. It’s written on the container zoom and read’’ FACT: The label says that Dettol is proven to kill bacteria, and …

Traditional leaders key factors in ending Liberia’s culture impunity – CDD, OHCHR

In a continuous effort to end financial crime, the Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD) in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform (CSOHRAP) met with traditional leaders in Liberia. The team who were welcomed to Bomi county by the traditional leaders said …

Grassroot pressure: The way forward to fighting corruption in Nigeria

To encourage grassroot gatekeeping against corrupt practices in various communities in Nigeria, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) established an initiative, the Strengthening Citizens’ Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) project. The SCRAP-C project carried out in Lagos, Borno, Kaduna, Kano/Jigawa, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja aims at introducing a change …

CDD Contributes to Anti-Corrupt Efforts through the Office of Auditor-General of the Federation

The Centre for Development and Development (CDD), to contribute to the increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the fight against corruption by Anti-Corruption Agencies on Thursday, March 5, entered a partnership with the Office of the Auditor of the Federation (OAuGF). The centre with the OAuGF signed a Memorandum of Understanding to prevent and reduce the …

Bjorn Beckman, 1938-2019: A Life of Struggle and Friendship

Jibrin Ibrahim, Abuja, 12th March 2020 Today, we are gathered to celebrate a very good friend, mentor and teacher, Bjorn Beckman, who died peacefully in his home on 6th November 2019. He was surrounded by his lovely wife, Gunilla, son Petter and daughter Malin as he departed. Professor Beckman was one of the most influential …

CDD reels out alternatives to Senate’s Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019

As expectations continue to heighten over the public hearing on “The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019 (SB 132)” popularly referred to as the ‘Social Media Bill’, on Monday, March 9, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) wishes to again state that the attempt to gag the social media space will not …

Memorandum on Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019 (SB 132) to The National Assembly

The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill, 2019 (SB 132), passed the second reading of the Senate in November 2019. Leading the debate on the Bill at the plenary session, Sen. Mohammad Sani Musa (APC: Niger) explained that the Bill aims to mitigate the threat of false information spread on the internet by monitoring …

­­­As we push for change, we must celebrate Progress

The 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD) theme – “I am generation equality: Realising women’s rights” marks 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action. The Beijing Platform set out to remove systemic barriers holding women back from equal participation in both public and private life. Yet in 2020, despite over twenty years of uninterrupted democracy …

CDD Trains Anti-Corruption Agencies on Media and Strategic Communications

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) engaged the International Press Center (IPC) on Tuesday, February 25, to train 18 officers from various Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) on Media and Strategic Communication. The three-day training which took place in Keffi, Nasarawa state’s capital city was carried out successfully under a project implemented by the CDD …

NYSC NEVER USED FEBRUARY ALLAWEE TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

CLAIM: Fact Checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp trending screenshot of a tweet by @NYSC_Office on February 28, 2020, with the claim, ‘’Corp members allowance for February had been channelled to fighting the new discovered Coronavirus in Nigeria! Your safety comes first, before your stomach’’. The statement according to …

Did the Driver of the Italian with Confirmed Coronavirus threaten to spread the virus?

VERDICT: False CLAIM:  On February 28, 2020, Fact Checkers at CDD spotted a news story on AIT Nigeria News Facebook page. The claim reads: MAN WHO DROVE WHITE MAN TO COMPANY IN OGUN STATE DIAGNOSED WITH CORONA VIRUS, RUNS AWAY FROM HOSPITAL AND THREATENS TO SPREAD THE VIRUS ALL OVER NIGERIA BY TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT …