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 …

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 …

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 …

CDD Fact Check: Did the United States Extend its Visa Ban to INEC Chairman and Commissioners?

VERDICT: FALSE! CLAIMS: An online blog Wazobia Reporters on Thursday, August 22, 2019 published a news story, alleging various claims; that the United States Government had extended it visa ban to Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all Commissioners excluding Mr. Mike Igini, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in …

CDD Fact Check: Did Two Herdsmen Climb Azman Airline In Lagos Airport?

VERDICT False and Misleading   CLAIM: A 12seconds video surfaced on social media, particularly on Twitter, WhatsApp and blog, in the early hours of July 19, 2019.  The 12-second long video is alleging that two suspected herdsmen climbed AZMAN Aircraft and were spraying liquid content into the engine. The aircraft which had passengers on board …

Did Vladimir Putin say Africa is a cemetery?

Verdict: False Claim: Multiple websites and blogs have been circulating a story of the Russian President, where he is alleged to say that when Africans get rich, their bank accounts are in Switzerland, they go to France for medical treatment and so on. The story goes on to say that Africa is a cemetery for …

Is the Kaduna State Religious Preaching (Regulation) Law of 2019 meant to frustrate Christians?

Verdict: False Claim: Several online blogs have claimed that the Kaduna State Religious Preaching (Regulation) Law 2019 is specifically enacted to target Christians in the state, and some have accused El-Rufai of abolishing vigils, and other Christian observances. “It is designed to frustrate the Christians from celebrating Christmas, Easter and other vigils in the state. …

Did Prof Attahiru Jega say election results were transmitted electronically during his tenure as INEC Chair?

VERDICT: FALSE THE CLAIM: A claim has been spotted circulating on social media, including WhatsApp and Facebook, which was credited to the formal Chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), that “INEC server exist and it is functional.” The message first appeared on “Voice of Nasarawa” Facebook page, posted on June 15, 2019. According …

Did former governors gang up against Goodluck Jonathan?

Verdict: False Claim: On 5th June, a story appeared on the website – ‘saharanews.co’ which made a number of spurious claims. The claims were that northern governors accused GEJ of killing northerners, and prevented the sales of arms to Nigeria which could have aided in the war against Boko Haram, the article further claims that …

Do Swedish lawmaker earn in a year what a Nigerian senator gets in 60 days?

Verdict: False Claim: On 4th and 5th June, thecableng and PMNews, an online media respectively, released a story claiming that Swedish lawmakers earned $78,000 a year, and compared it to the running costs of a Nigeria senator, which is stated to be $44,053.86 a month.  The claim reads in part: “Lawmakers in Sweden have no …

CDD Fact Check: How true is the Claim that EFCC arrested Okorocha and Wife?

Verdict: FALSE Claim: CDD has spotted a news circulating on Social media, and traditional media space, claiming that the EFCC arrested Immediate pasted Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and his wife.  The reports came in the early hours of 30th May, 2019, on different news site including pulseNG, Concise News,   informationng and went viral …

Was Nigeria minimum wage $120 in 2010 more valued than $83 in 2019?

Verdict: Partially True The Claim: A WhatsApp post questioning the monetary value of the new minimum wage has gone viral. The post reads; “Nigeria minimum wage in 2010 was N18, 000 ($120). In 2019, the minimum wage is N30, 000 ($83). They won’t show you this”. Following the signing of the new National Minimum Wage Act by …

How valid is the claim that Nigeria has a Surplus of Medical Doctors?

Verdict: False The Claim: Dr Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s Minister for Labor, has asserted that doctors who practice overseas are not doing that to the detriment of the country. He said; “No, I am not concerned at all. I am not worried. We are surplus. If you have a surplus, you export. We have enough; we have more …

Did INEC Threaten to Award Presidential Election Victory to Atiku?

Verdict: FALSE The Claim: CDD has spotted a story claiming that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to award the election victory to the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 presidential elections. The claim was made on April 9, 2019, by the dailyadvent. It says that PDP and …

Did Miyetti Allah Demand for the Refund of N3.8b Campaign Funds Given to the APC Gubernatorial Candidate?

  Verdict: False Claim:  The CDD have spotted a story circulating on WhatsApp alleging that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN) are insisting that the sum of N3.8 billion financial contribution made to the APC gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State Mr Nsima Ekere, and his godfather, Senator Godswill Akpabio is returned to …

CDD Fact Check: Is Exxon Mobil leaving Nigeria?

Verdict:  FALSE The Claim: Following a report by reuters.com on the 2nd of April, that Exxon Mobil recently held talks on the sale of a suite of oil and gas fields in Nigeria as the company focuses on new developments in US shale and Guyana. There have been speculations on social media platforms that Exxon …

How true is the Tweet claiming Jega condemned the conduct of the 2019 General Elections?

  Verdict: False The Claim: Today, a Twitter account belonging to a PDP support group, @PDPVanguard, posted a tweet attributed to the former INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega. The tweet which has already garnered 189 likes, 8 comments and 108 retweets read: The @MBuhari government had succeeded in destroying the huge gains made in political …

Did Buhari make a Statement Suggesting he will not Support a Yoruba Presidency come 2023?

Did Buhari make a Statement Suggesting he will not Support a Yoruba Presidency come 2023? Verdict: UNSUBSTANTIATED RUMOUR The Claim:A blog, thewatchngr on the 15th of March, reported that President Mohammadu Buhari revealed that he would not support a Yoruba person to succeed him in 2023. According to the post which has gone viral, Mr …