Is Trending WhatsApp Message on FG’s Roadmap on Easing of Lockdown from Nigeria?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: A WhatsApp broadcast claiming to be the Federal Government’s roadmap for easing the COVID-19 restrictions has been shared extensively on the platform in Nigeria. It has also been shared on some blogs and Facebook pages. The broadcast claims that the government’s roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions will be set out in five …

Has WHO 'Finally' Approved Madagascar’s COVID-19 Organics?

VERDICT: False and Misleading headline CLAIM: On May 27, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on a blog claiming that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved controversial Madagascar’s COVID-19 organics The blog published the claim as breaking news with the headline: “WHO Finally Approves Madagascar’s Coronavirus ‘Cure’’’. …

COVID-19: Is Kano's Mega Isolation Centre operational?

VERDICT: False CLAIM:  On Sunday, May 23, 2020, a video made by an unidentified individual circulated on WhatsApp claiming that the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano had no Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. Following a tour of the isolation centre located inside the Stadium, the individual in the video claimed that the construction of the facility had been …

COVID-19: People Who Look Like They’re Not Poor Also Need Support – Experts Tell Nigerian Government

Considering the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and its lockdown on citizens, the Federal and State Governments have been urged to consider Nigerians from all walks of life in the nation’s social protection policy. This call was made by Nkechi Ilochi-Omekedo, the Women’s Right Program Manager, for Action Aid on Thursday, May 28. Nkechi who …

Five Year Assessment Outlines Achievements And Shortcomings of President’s Anti-Corruption Drive (CDD Press Statement)

Frontline pro-democracy think tank, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has released its five year assessment report detailing the achievements and gaps in the implementation of the anti-corruption programme of President Muhammadu Buhari. The report, which is a culmination of data-driven analysis of the milestones and shortcomings of the President’s anti-corruption drive, provides a …

CDD Call for Fellowship Applications

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is now accepting fellowship applications for 2021-2022. CDD’s fellowship program aims to bring together people working in areas related to democracy and development from across a broad range of disciplines. CDD commits to leveraging its profile and resources in West Africa and internationally to advance CDD fellows’ research …

CORONAVIRUS DISINFORMTION NEWSLETTER MAY 23, 2020

Last week, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) fact-checked many misinformation and disinformation, which were spread across social media, and at community level. The fact-checks included false reports on the trending Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria across the globe and some of the activities in Nigeria’s Presidency. Below are some of the information fact-checked between …

COVID-19: Nigeria needs epidemic response plan, social protection policy for IDPs – Expert

Following the need to address the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe, experts in Nigeria have called for a defined response plan to deal with the crisis in the country. Kabiru Abbas, the Team Leader for the Support to Coordination of the European Union Funded Interventions in Borno State (SCEUBS) said Nigeria as …

Farfesa Ibrahim Gambari Baiyi Murabus Daga Kujerar Sa Ta Shugaban Ma’aikatan Fadar Shugaban Kasa Ba

Tushen Magana: A ranar Talata, 19 ga watan Mayun shekara ta 2020, dayawa daga cikin kafafen yada labaran na yanar gizo sun wallafa wani labari dake cewa, Farfesa Ibrahim Gambari, shugaban ma’aikatan fadar shugaban kasa yayi murabus daga mukamin sa. Agina jigon labarin kamar haka: “Shugaban ma’aikatan Fadar Shugaban Kasa, Farfesa Ibrahim Gambari yayi murabus” …

COVID-19 Lockdown: Did FG Announce Plan To Take Legal Action Against 3 States?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Thursday, May 21, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a broadcast on WhatsApp claiming that the Federal Government (FG) has announced plans to take legal action against three states in the North. The claim said the FG’s decision to file a suit against Borno, Adamawa and Gombe …

Professor Gambari did not resign his position as President Buhari's New Chief of Staff

VERDICT: Misleading Headline CLAIM: On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, multiple online sources published a breaking news report with the headline ‘’BREAKING: Buhari’s new Chief Of Staff, Prof Gambari Resigns’’. FACT: Professor Ibrahim Gambari was appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari following the demise of the former Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who died from Coronavirus (COVID-19) complications. The …

Shin NCDC Tana Bada Tallafin Kudi Ga Yan Najeriya?

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne! Tushen Magana: A ranar Ladi 17 ga watan Mayun shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labari na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wani sako da ake yadawa ta manhajar WhatsApp cewa hukumar dakile yaduwar cutuka ta kasa (NCDC) tana shirye-shiryen rabawa yan Najeriya tallafin kudi adaidai lokacin da …

Did President of Madagascar accuse WHO of offering $20 Million Bribe?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: In a sensational report, various blogs have reported that the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, accused the World Health Organisation (WHO) of offering $20 million as a bribe for the poisoning of the controversial COVID-19 Organics remedy. The report shared on the internet, and various social media platforms, including WhatsApp, said the international …

Is COVID-19 Same with Malaria?

CLAIM: There have been various claims that the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the same as malaria. VERDICT: False FACT COVID-19 and malaria are two different ailments, although they sometimes present the same symptoms on patients who have contracted the diseases. CAUSES While the novel virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, SARS–CoV–2) causes COVID-19, malaria is …

NCDC Is Not Distributing COVID-19 Relief Funds To Nigerians

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Sunday, May 17, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast informing Nigerians of plans in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to distribute Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief funds to the public. According to the message, distribution of the relief funds follows a directive …

COVID-19 Lockdown: Police Should Consider Rubber Bullets, Pepper Spray – NHRC Boss X-rays Abuse of Citizens’ Rights

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, has called for the use of non-lethal weapons like rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray by officers of the Nigeria Police and other law enforcement agencies. Ojukwu said the use of such non-lethal weapons in curbing criminality in Nigeria will reduce human …

WEEKLY FAKE NEWS NEWSLETTER FOR WEEK ENDING 15TH MAY 2020

Fact matters because falsehood can lead to various undesirable consequences in any society. This is especially more true under the current condition the world finds itself. That is why the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is providing everyone with the facts on COVID-19 and other related issues to make people stay adequately informed.  Below …

Did FBI arrest Bill Gates for biological terrorism?

VERDICT: False A local Australia news blog on May 11, 2020, published a news report with the headline ‘’ FBI Arrests Bill Gates For Biological Terrorism After Tip-Off From Melbourne 5G Protestors’’. The blog claimed that over 1,000 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officers surrounded Mr Gates high-security underground Seattle Bunker. “Over 1000 FBI police officers surrounded his high-security …

Does Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have a Center for Global Human Population Reduction?

VERDICT: False An image which has gone viral on WhatsApp claims that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a sign reading “Center for Global Human Population Reduction” on its building. This image has been widely shared in WhatsApp groups and broadcast on Facebook in Nigeria. FACT The image being circulated on WhatsApp has been photoshopped to include …

Kano State Government Did Not Relax Lockdown for One Week

CLAIM At 11 pm on Monday, May 11, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast claiming that the Kano state government has relaxed the Coronavirus lockdown earlier imposed on the state. The message, also sent to the CDD fact-checking WhatsApp number, claimed that the relaxation of the lockdown …