CORONAVIRUS IN NIGERIA: False Claims to Ignore

Two months down the confirmation of the index Coronavirus case in Nigeria, the social media has been awash with various claims ranging from preventive to curative measures against the deadly novel virus. Exploring the trending narratives that have emerged from disinformation in Nigeria, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has witnessed series of interesting …

Kano Recorded 4 Not 74 New Cases of COVID-19 on April 25, 2020

CLAIM: Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted numerous online reports claiming that Kano state has recorded 74 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19)in the state on Saturday, April 25, 2020, The reports which appeared on online newspapers and across various social media platforms claimed that the Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, during a …

200 People Were Not Buried in a Single Cemetery in Kano on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

VERDICT: False CLAIM: A 30 seconds Hausa video posted by Kelsoblog9ja on Facebook on April 22, 2020, claimed that 200 people have been buried in the city of Kano. The report spotted by fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was captioned: “Here is another burial of 200 people in Kano – whom the cause …

COVID-19: Ministry of Education Never Said Schools Will Reopen in November 2020

CLAIM: On April 22, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a press release stating that the Ministry of Education has ordered the closure of schools nationwide until November 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The viral press statement dated April 21, 2020, was credited to the Ministry and had …

Lagos Government Never Released List of Private Hospitals Exposed to COVID-19 Cases

CLAIM: Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Thursday, April 23, spotted a statement circulating online claiming that the Lagos State Government had released a list of health facilities in the State exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. The purported list which has been extensively shared on WhatsApp has the names of 17 …

CORONAVIRUS IN NIGERIA: Viral stories, scams and false claims to ignore

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the shutdown of borders, city-wide lockdowns, restrictions on movement, and an infodemic. An infodemic is an oversaturation of information; it makes it more difficult to navigate online. This difficulty lies in the fact that we can get tired of sifting through information, constantly trying to decide which is …

COVID-19: Widespread 'FG's Relief Collation Form' is a Scam

CLAIM: The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Monday, April 20, 2020, received several WhatsApp broadcast messages containing a link to a Google Form with the title ‘Relief Disbursement Collation Form’ for verification by members of the public. The form which bears the Federal Government of Nigeria had a deadline for Monday, April 20, …

Shugaba Buhari Bai Nada Wanda Zai Maye Gurbin Marigayi Abba Kyari Ba

Tushe Magana: Wani labari da wata jarida da ake wallafawa a yanar gizo mai suna National Daily Newspaper ta wallafa wani labari  a ranar Asabat, 18 ga watan Afirilun shekara ta 2020 a shafin ta na yanar gizo dama shafin ta na Facebook inda ta zayyana cewa Shugaba Muhammadu Buhari ya nada Ambasada Babagana Kingibe …

Sheikh Gumi Bai Shawarci Shugaba Buhari Cewa Ya Nada Tsohon Sarkin Kano Sunusi Amatsayin Shugaban Ma’aikatan Fadarsa Ba

Tushen Magana: A ranar Ladi, 19 ga watan Afirilun shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labari na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba wato CDD sun gano wani labari da ake yadawa a dandalin sada zumunta na Facebook cewa sanannen malamin addinin Musuluncin nan wato Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Mahmoud Gumi ya shawarci Shugaba Muhammadu Buhari akan …

DISTRIBUTION OF COVID-19 RELIEF MATERIALS IN KADUNA STATE: HIGHLIGHTING ISSUES AT STAKE

A new report released by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) today has said that the distribution of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency relief by the Kaduna state government is essential to the sustenance of socio-political stability in the state. To relieve the burden of the COVID-19 lockdown in the state, the Kaduna state government …

Buhari is yet to appoint new Chief of Staff

Claim: an online newspaper National Daily Newspaper on Saturday 18th April 2020 reported on both her website and Facebook page that President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Amb. Babagana Kingibe as his new Chief of Staff. The claim said that having been acting as Chief of Staff since late Abba Kyari was hospitalised, Buhari allowed Kingibe …

Sheikh Gumi Never Advised Buhari to Appoint Former Emir Sanusi as Chief of Staff

Claim: On Sunday, April 19, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a screenshot of a Facebook post claiming renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dr Ahmad Mahmoud Gumi, has suggested the appointment of a former Emir of Kano as the new Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari. The post made at …

Cutar COVID-19: Tsohon Shugaban Kasa Obasanjo Bai Bada Kyautar Naira Dubu Biyar (N5,000) Ga Kowane Dan Najeriya Ba.

Tushen Magana: Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba wato (CDD) ta gano wani bayani da aka wallafa a wani shafin yanar gizo dake ikirarin cewa tsohon shugaban kasa Olusegun Obasanjo zai bada naira dubu biyar (5,000) ga kowane dan Najeriya ta hanyar asusun ajiyarsa ko ajiyarta na banki tare da yin anfani da lambar kariyar su …

Babu Daya Daga Cikin Likitocin Kasar China Da Suka Zo Dake Dauke Da Cutar Corona

Tushen Magana: wani labari da aka dauki hoton sa da kuma aka wallafa a shafin Twitter a wani dandali mai suna (@FRNcitizen) wadda kuma ake cigaba da yadawa ta manhajar WhasApp da sauran shafukan sada zumunta ya bayyana cewa: daya daga cikin likitoci guda goma sha biyar (15) da kanfanin gine-gine mai suna China Civil …

COVID-19: No, Former President Obasanjo never sent N5,000 to all Nigerians

Verdict: FALSE CLAIM: The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sighted a post by a blog claiming that the former President Olusegun Obasanjo has personally decided to send N5,000 directly to every Nigerians’ account using their BVN. The post which has continued to gain traction online has over 50,000 views. Published on Legitfund.ng, the …

CORONAVIRUS FAKE NEWS NEWSLETTER FOR WEEK ENDING April 12, 2020

As Nigeria continues to battle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in the last week reviewed many information and news online that are related to the spread of the virus and other issues. Our findings show that most of the popular narratives that formed the bulk of interaction online both …

COVID-19: None of the Chinese Doctors in Nigeria tested positive

CLAIM: A screenshot of a tweet by Citizen of Nigeria (@FRNcitizen) has been circulating on WhatsApp and other social media platforms  claiming that one of the 15 medical personnel sent to Nigeria by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCCECC) tested positive for COVID-19. The tweet read, ‘’ BREAKING: one of the Chinese Doctors in …

Babu Mai Dauke Da Cutar Corona a Asibitin FMC Azare

Jita-jitar da ake yadawa: Akwai wani labari na bogi da ake yadawa musamman ta manhajar WhatsApp dake gargadin mutane game da wani mai dauke da Cutar Corona da yake asibitin gwamnatin tarayya (Federal Medical Centre) dake garin Azare a jahar Bauchi. Labarin bogin ya ja hankalin mutane da suyi taka tsan-tsan game da asibitin saboda …

Guinea Constitution Referendum: West African Civil Society group condemns malicious move to institutionalise sit-tight syndrome (Press Release)

We the under-listed West African Civil Society Organisations have been following with keen interest and are seriously disturbed by the ongoing political situation in Republic of Guinea, where a Constitutional Referendum was fraudulently initiated by the ruling party as part of autocratic efforts to undemocratically elongate the tenure of the incumbent  President Alpha Conde.. While …