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FACT CHECK: Did Tinubu’s Daughter Ask Him To Drop Presidential Ambition As Claimed In Viral Video?

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CLAIM: Tinubu’s daughter is opposed to her father’s desperation to be president.

VERDICT: FALSE

CONTEXT: A viral Twitter post, attributed to belong to the daughter of the All Progressive Congress presidential nominee, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, shows her cautioning him to drop his presidential ambition on the grounds that he is not fit for the position. In the video, the woman called Tinubu her father at different points while making her point.

VERIFICATION: Checks conducted by our partners at Daily Trust revealed that the caption is misleading as the video was originally posted on Instagram by an activist and Instagram influencer, Adetoun Onajobi on her official page, (justadetoun) in July.

Further checks gathered that she referred to Tinubu as her “father” in the video figuratively, because she considers him a father out of respect and the relationship he has with her husband. This is supported by her interview on the Channels TV show, Rubbin’ Minds, that “Tinubu is like a father to me but I will never endorse him.”

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We can confirm that the video is misleading and was not made by any of Tinubu’s biological children.

WHY WE FACT-CHECKED THIS: The claim was done to avert any attempt to discredit any candidate based on fake news and misinformation.

CDD Fact Check: Does Nigeria Have About 190k Polling Units?

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VERDICT: False

CLAIM: CDD fact checkers spotted a trending tweet by Daniel Bwala, a lawyer and until recently served as a special adviser on legal matters to the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.

On August 1, 2022, Mr. Bwala claimed there are about 190,000 polling units in Nigeria. He also maintained that a minimum of three-party agents are required at the polling unit.

The tweet reads: “There are about 190k polling units in Nigeria. A party needs a minimum of 3 agents in each polling unit; 570k human beings in total. “That’s structure existing not on social media. Anyway, it will be clearer as we approach elections. Insult is not a substitute for structure”.

FACT CHECK PROCESS: CDD Fact check on the claim indicated that Daniel Bwala’s data were inaccurate. As at August 2, 2022, the tweet has garnered over 3,000 (626 retweets, 190 Quotes and 2,333 likes) engagements and still growing.

According to the Election Management Body, there are 176,846 polling units listed on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) website. INEC, on June 16th, 2021, removed polling units from ‘inappropriate’ places and worship centers across the country. The commission’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja.

At the meeting, he unveiled the locations of the newly created 56,872 Polling Units (PUs) and also announced other electoral arrangements. With the creation of the new PUs, Mr. Yakubu said, Nigeria now has 176,846 full-fledged polling units against its initial 119,974 PUs in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). He pegged the total number of polling units removed from ‘inappropriate places’ at 749.

Mr Bwala also claimed a party needs a minimum of three party agents in each polling units. Fact check on INEC’s pocketbook for party agents, clearly state that a political party is limited to one agent in each of polling units, as against three agents claimed by Mr. Bwala.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that there are 176,846 polling units in Nigeria and not about 190,000. Additionally, there is a limit of one agent rather than three per polling unit as claimed by Mr. Bwala.

Mr.  Bwala’s data on his tweet are wrong and therefore false.

As the country heads to 2023 general elections, there are several misleading contents online, CDD therefore urges citizens and voters to be careful of content they share, online and offline.

FACT CHECK: Are 17 security agencies headed by one section of Nigeria as claimed by Atiku?

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CONTEXT: Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said if elected, his government will ensure that appointments to security agencies are fair and balanced.

Atiku also claimed that the 17 security agencies in the country are being headed by a particular section of the country under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He made the claim during an interview with Arise Television’s Reuben Abati and Tundun Abiola on Friday.

Claim 1: Nigeria has 17 federal security agencies

Verdict: FALSE

What are security agencies?

Security agencies are government organisations that are in charge of activities that border on intelligence for the internal security of a nation, which could be either domestic or foreign.

In addition, security agencies could also be in the practice of conducting counterintelligence to thwart other countries’ foreign intelligence efforts.

They are also saddled with the responsibility of protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of a country.

Checks by Daily Trust show that the major security agencies in Nigeria are 10; namely, State Security Services (SSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the armed forces (comprising the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air force) as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Others are the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Consequently, Daily Trust sought the input of a security expert on why only these agencies are classified as security agencies when there are other paramilitary agencies that also carry out national security functions.

A security expert, Bello Abdulmajid, confirmed that the above-mentioned listed organisations are the basic and key security agencies in the country.

“The SSS, DIA and the NIA basically do intelligence information sharing. While the Army, Air Force and Navy ensure that the country is shielded and protected against enemies of the state.

“The Nigeria Police Force is in charge of maintaining law and order, Customs and Immigration are always at the borders to guard against smuggling of dangerous weapons as well as migration of foreigners or terrorists into the country respectively.

“Also, the Civil Defense does the work of protecting critical infrastructure and facilities of government while  Prisons Service, as it was known before, is in charge of isolating criminals from law-abiding citizens in their facilities.”

Speaking further, Abdulmajid said the number of security agencies in the country cannot be up to 17, except the former vice president mistook some law enforcement agencies and civil outfits to be part of security agencies.

He said, “I suspect Mr. Atiku had combined other agencies that share intelligence with security agencies and categorised them as security agencies

“For instance, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) are all law enforcement agencies because they share intelligence with security agencies.

“They are only law enforcement agencies and not security agencies. Many people make the mistake of categorising them as security agencies whereas they are not.”

Speaking further, the security expert said: “Most times I also hear people call the road safety corps and fire service as security agencies of government, but they are not. They are civil agencies of the government and not security agencies.

“The function of the fire service is to fight the outbreak of fire incidents in both public and private buildings and facilities, and road safety ensures that motorists maintain rules while on Nigerian roads. So where is the security function? These are just civil agencies and nothing more.

“You recall that the House of Representatives has rejected a bill proposing to arm personnel of the Federal Fire Service.

“The bill was meant to grant firefighters the power to bear arms to protect themselves from mob attacks while responding to emergencies. The lawmakers rejected the bill based on the fact that the Federal Fire Service is a civil outfit and not a security agency.

“So I think the PDP presidential candidate added security, law enforcement and civil agencies of government together to make it 17, which in the real sense is not true.”

Another security expert, Kabiru Adamu, said although some agencies like the NDLEA, ICPC and EFCC are law enforcement agencies, “they can be subsumed into security agencies in a general description.”

“Some of these law enforcement agencies are categorised as law enforcement agencies because they share intelligence with security agencies which is why, in a general description, they are subsumed and categorised as security agencies.

“However, in a distinction classification, agencies like the NDLEA and EFCC remain law enforcement agencies by nature of their constitutional mandate,” Mr Adamu told Daily Trust.

Conclusion: Following the findings by Daily Trust and expert opinion on the number of security agencies in Nigeria, the claim by Mr. Atiku Abubakar that Nigeria has 17 security agencies is false.

Claim 2: Nigeria’s 17 security agencies are all headed by one section of the country.

Verdict: False

Daily Trust checks show that although the majority of the national security agencies are headed by people from northern Nigeria, there are also those headed by southerners.

State Security Service

The State Security Service (SSS), otherwise known as the Department of State Services (DSS), is the basic domestic intelligence agency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The agency is primarily responsible for gathering information and intelligence within the country, especially for the protection of senior government officials, such as the president and state governors. The agency is headed by Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi from Kano State, North West geo-political zone.

NIA

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is a federal government agency responsible for overseeing foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations.

The NIA is also one of the entities created after the National Security Organization (NSO) was dissolved and the country’s security services were being restructured.

The NIA is headed by Amb. Abubakar Ahmed Rufai, who hails from Katsina State, North West geo-political zone.

Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA)

The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) is the basic military intelligence agency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The agency was established in 1986 and is responsible for providing an efficient means of obtaining military intelligence for the Nigerian Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence.

The DIA is headed by Maj. Gen. Samuel Adebayo, who is from Ekiti State, South West geo-political zone.

Armed Forces

The Armed Forces of Nigeria comprise the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is President Muhammadu Buhari. However, the coordinator of the three Armed Forces is the Chief of Defence Staff, who is General Lucky Irabor from Delta State, South South geo-political zone.

Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army is the land division/branch of the Nigerian armed security guard services. It is the largest of the armed forces. The Chief of Army Staff is Lt. General Faruk Yahaya from Sokoto State, North West geo-political zone.

Nigerian Navy

The Nigerian Navy is the sea division/branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The Chief of Naval Staff is Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo from Kano State, North West geo-political zone.

Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force is one of the largest in Africa, consisting of about 10,000 personnel. It is responsible for aerial support for the other divisions of the armed forces. The current Chief of Air Staff is Air Marshall Oladayo Isiaka Amao from Osun State, in the South West geo-political zone.

Nigeria Police Force

The Nigeria Police Force is mandated to protect people’s lives and property; prevent, detect and investigate crime; and prosecute offenders. It is headed by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, from Yobe State, in the North East geo-political zone.

The Nigeria Immigration Service

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is the federal government organisation responsible for border security and migration management in the country.

The NIS has witnessed a series of changes since it was extracted from the Nigeria Police Force in 1958.

 The service is saddled with the responsibility of issuing all Nigerian travel documents, which include the Nigerian passport. The agency is currently headed by Idris Isah Jere from Kaduna State, North Central geo-political zone.

Nigeria Customs Service

The Nigeria Customs Service is an independent customs service under the supervisory oversight of the Nigerian Ministry of Finance. It is responsible for the collection of customs revenue; facilitation of both national and international trade.

The NCS also undertakes anti-smuggling activities, which is one of its security functions. The service is currently under the leadership of retired Col. Hameed Ali () who hails from Bauchi State, North East geo-political zone.

Nigerian Correctional Service

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), formerly the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS), is a federal government agency that operates prisons.

The Comptroller General of the Correctional Service in Nigeria is Haliru Nababa from Sokoto State, North West.

Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)

The primary function of the NSCDC is to protect lives and properties in conjunction with the Nigeria Police. Also, one of the crucial functions of the corps is the protection of pipelines from vandalism, and in rare cases, the agency is also involved in crisis resolution efforts.

 The NSCDC is currently under the leadership of Ahmed Abubakar Audi as the Commandant General. He hails from Nasarawa State, North Central.

Conclusion:  Findings by Daily Trust show that although many of the heads of security agencies are from Northern Nigeria, the claim by Mr. Atiku is false as some of them also come from the southern part of the country.

FACT CHECK: Did National Grid Collapse 18 Times In 2022?

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CLAIM: The national grid has collapsed 18 times in 2022

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: An online news site published a news report on its website saying the “National Grid has collapsed for the 18th time in 2022.”

VERIFICATION: In verifying the claim, Daily Trust chronicled the number of times the national grid collapsed in 2022 and found out that it was five times this year, and not 18 times. The latest system collapse being the fifth this year, occurred around 12 noon when the grid went blank. Before now the country experienced similarly collapse on 14 March, 9 April, 10 May and 12 June respectfully.

WHY WE FACT CHECKED THIS: This claim was fact checked to provide the facts to citizens to avoid inflammatory statements leading to potentially volatile responses.

FACT CHECK: Did Hollywood Actor, Tom Hanks, Endorse Peter Obi?

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CLAIM: Tom Hanks, a Hollywood actor, has endorsed the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: A post that has been in circulation on social media claims that Tom Hanks, a Hollywood actor, has endorsed the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, via a tweet.

VERIFICATION: Checks by our partners at Daily Trust revealed that the post in circulation is false. Interestingly, the last time Hanks tweeted with his verified handle was two years ago, on 22 May, 2020.

Also, the claim that Americans had a standing ovation is false and misleading as there was no account of such in the media.

We can confirm after verification that the post in circulation suggesting Tom Hanks made a tweet endorsing Peter Obi is false.

WHY WE FACT CHECKED THIS: Political campaigns are the source of misleading information, designed to promote or denigrate candidacies. The Centre has fact-checked this to avoid misinformation playing a part in the electoral process.

FACT CHECK: Did APC National Secretary, Iyiola Omisore, Share Money During the Election?

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CLAIM: APC National Secretary, Iyiola Omisore, was spotted distributing cash to voters during Osun Election.

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: A video has surfaced online showing the National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Iyiola Omisore, distributing cash and clothing materials to a crowd at an open space decorated for an event. In the video, the politician can be seen wearing a green traditional attire with a cap to match sharing N2,000 to individuals, mostly women. The post was made on 14th July, 2022, and had been retweeted several times.

VERIFICATION: To investigate the claim, our partners at Daily Trust carried out a key frame analysis of the video using InVid, an online video verification tool, which revealed that the video had been on the internet since 2014.

The video was first posted by YNaija in a report titled, “#OsunDecides: Thousands gather in Osogbo as Omisore shares cash.” Part of the report reads, “There were thousands of people at the field beside the OYESTECH training centre in Osogbo this afternoon. They were there to receive a sum of money per person from the Omisore Youth Support Foundation (OYSF).”

The result of the investigation revealed that the video alleging that Omisore was buying votes in today’s governorship election in Osun State is an old video aimed to disinform as such should be disregarded as it is false.

WHY WE FACT CHECKED THIS: CDD fact checked this to avoid swaying voters and to avoid complications when result of the election is published.

FACT CHECK: Did Adeleke’s Son Share Money To Voters In Osun?

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CLAIM: Adeleke’s son, Adebayo ‘B-Red’ Adeleke, was recorded sharing money to people on the street.

VERDICT: FALSE

CONTEXT: A 15-second video showing the son of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, sharing money for people on the street has been posted on Twitter.

The video was captioned “Ademola Adeleke’s son Bred sharing money to voters.”

In the video, Bred was seen giving out N500 notes randomly to people who seem excited to see him.

There were two security men between him and the crowd who were trying to prevent them from getting closer to his car.

The tweet by one Qudus Akanbi Eleyi had amassed over 2,000 views, over 100 likes, and retweets, and more than 40 comments as of the time of filing this report.

VERIFICATION:

Our partners at Daily Trust ascertained that the claim was made by a Twitter user, Qudus Akanbi Eleyi, and the tweet had amassed over 2,000 views, over 100 likes, and retweets, and more than 40 comments as of the time of filing this report. During investigation, we found out that the video was recorded in Lagos State days before the Osun gubernatorial election that took place on 16 July. The singer was only sharing money with fans who were happy to see him upon his arrival in Lagos State. Several comments under tweet confirmed our findings. One of such comments read “why this hate? This is when this guy landed in Lagos airport, why are you all posting this video?”. Another read “This was the day he landed from abroad two days ago. He met people on the road, and they begged him for money which he gave them. This is not today.”

We can confirm that the video in circulation suggesting that Adebayo ‘B-Red’ Adeleke was sharing money to voters on behalf of his father is false.

WHY WE FACT CHECKED THIS: The election information space is saturated with several claims that are targeted at the candidates that could either incite violence or sway votes. This fake news had the potential of the later and as such was debunked by CDD.

FACT CHECK: Are 40% of Osun Voters Between 18-34 years?

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CLAIM: 40% of Osun voters are between the ages of 18 -34.

VERDICT: TRUE

CONTEXT: On the 16th of July 2022, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim which stated that almost 40% of registered voters in the Osun 2022 Gubernatorial Election are between 18-34.

VERIFICATION: Fact-checkers of CDD investigated the claim and our findings according to data provided by Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI) a non-profit organisation in Osun state records that the gender disaggregation of registered voters shows that 52.76% of registered voters is female while 47.24%.  The data shows that the youth (18- 34 years) which has the highest representation of voters is 39.7%, while the middle-aged represent 32.5%, the elderly 19.2% and the old 8.51%.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim about 40% of Osun Voters being between 18 -34 years is True

CDD is urging members of the public to verify from certified source before sharing any news report especially, from a random WhatsApp status

FACT CHECK: Is The INEC Result Viewing Portal (IREV) Down?

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CLAIM: The INEC result viewing portal (IREV) is down.

VERDICT: False.

CONTEXT: On the 16th of July 2022, fact-checkers spotted a claim on the night of election day at 10:35 pm saying “INEC Result viewing portal (IREV) is down and citizens can no longer see results being posted from the polling units.

VERIFICATION: CDD Fact checkers began investigations into this claim, and findings from our election Analysis Centre reported that the INEC result viewing portal (Irev) had been tracked since 2:30 pm when voting closed at polling units.

Analysing the Irev data, CDD fact-checkers confirmed that as of 10:35 pm, 3,3739 out of 3,763 results had been uploaded at the polling units. The portal was also reported to be fully active all through the period of tracking, without a shutdown

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim that INEC Result Viewing Portal (Irev) is down is False. The portal was still open as of 10:35 pm.

CDD is urging members of the public to verify from certified source before sharing any news report especially, from a random WhatsApp status

FACT CHECK: Were People not Allowed to Vote for PDP at Okerewe, ward 3 PU 14, Ife LGA?

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CLAIM: People are not allowed to vote for PDP at Okerewe 3, PU 14, in Ife Local Government Area.

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: CDD Fact checkers spotted a tweet by @SodiqTade and a retweet by a Nigerian artist, David Adeleke known as Davido with the claim that people were not being allowed to vote for PDP at Okerewe Ward 3, polling unit 14, Ife LGA. The tweet also claimed that people perceived to be PDP supporters were attacked.

VERIFICATION: The CDD fact-checkers in their investigation tried to verify the authenticity of the tweet by scanning the profile of the artist and that of @SodiqTade. The scan showed that the original tweet by @SodiqTade was already deleted signalling the lack of authenticity of the claim.

CONCLUSION: During CDD investigations, the fact-checkers ascertained that people were not stopped from voting for PDP at the centre indicated.

FACT CHECK: Were 13 Local Government Results Uploaded as of 7:07 pm?

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CLAIM: Out of 13 local government results now, APC won 3, and PDP won 10.

VERDICT: False and Misleading.

CONTEXT: CDD fact checkers spotted a trending WhatsApp story screenshot with the claim that out of 13 local government results released as of 7:07 pm, the APC won 3, while the PDP won 10.

VERIFICATION: CDD fact-checkers looked to verify the claim through monitoring of the INEC result viewing portal by the Fact Check Hub of the CDD Election Analysis Centre. Our analysis showed that only 2 local government results (Obokun and Boluwaduro) were out as of 7:30 pm on July 16th. 13 local government results were not released at the time in the post, this, therefore, makes it misleading to allocate winnings to any political party. To further authenticate the claim, the fact check team reached out to Professor Muhammed Kuna, the Technical Adviser to the INEC chairman who summarized that there are laid down procedures for the announcement of results, as polling unit results and ward results go to the local government level before they can be declared, in line with the INEC guideline for the announcement of results. At the time of placing the call at 9:50 pm, He mentioned that the LGA results cannot yet be concluded, as 70 polling unit results were not yet out and all stipulated procedures had not been finalized, further confirming the post to be misleading.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim is misleading. Monitoring of the INEC result viewing portal by the CDD Election Analysis Centre shows that only 2 local government results (Obokun and Boluwaduro) were out as of 7:30 pm on July 16th. 13 local government results were not released at the time in the post, this, therefore, makes it misleading to allocate winnings to any political party.

FACT CHECK: Did APC Members and Some PDP Traitors Connive With INEC to Thumbprint 100,000 Ballot Papers?

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CLAIM: APC members and some PDP traitors connived with INEC to thumbprint 100,000 ballot papers.

VERDICT: False.

CONTEXT:  On the 16th of July, 2022, Fact checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a voice note claim which alleges that “some APC and PDP betrayals are presently in Government house with the support of INEC to thumbprint 100,000 ballot papers. He alleged that they are also using the BVAS to authenticate their illegality. According to him, he was 100 per cent sure and wants PDP leaders to take action NOW!!!”

VERIFICATION: CDD Fact checkers interrogated the claim based on the Independent National Electoral (INEC) Electoral guidelines.  CDD findings revealed that as part of its electoral guidelines INEC has coded every ballot paper based on the total number of registered voters at every polling unit.

Further checks on the claim also alleged that BVAS is being authenticated their illegality, CDD findings revealed that the BVAS device is coded from the ICT department of INEC National Headquarters, also the BVAS device is also activated on the morning of the election day. Lastly, the process of sensitive materials being deployed to polling units on election day in the company of security personnel contradicts the above claim.

CONCLUSION:

CDD can confirm after investigation and fact analysis that the claim that APC and some PDP traitors are working with INEC to thumbprint 100,000 ballot papers is False.

The CDD urges members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

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FACT CHECK: Was a Tag Made by The APC to Disguise Thugs as Security Officers?

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CLAIM: APC made tags to disguise thugs As Security Officers?

VERDICT: False.

CONTEXT: CDD fact checkers spotted a trending claim on Twitter, with an attached picture of a tag alleged to be made available by the All-Progressives Congress to disguise thugs as security officers. The post also claims that the tag is not lawfully recognized by security agents.

VERIFICATION: Looking to verify the authenticity of the claim, CDD fact checkers reached out to Atanda Olabisi, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Osun State. She informed us that both the NSCDC and The Nigeria Police Force in Osun State produced tags for their officers in view of the gubernatorial election in the state. Although the tag in view is not that of the NSCDC, the PRO confirmed that it is a real tag produced by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for its security agents.

To double check, CDD fact checkers scanned the QR code on the tag which immediately redirected to the web as the authentic tag of the Osun Southwest Senatorial District.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim is false and misleading, as the tag is a lawfully recognized tag of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and was produced for its officers for the 2022 Gubernatorial election.

FACT CHECK: Is Senator Ademola Adeleke Giving Out Free N10,000 Online to Support his Governorship Campaign?

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CLAIM: Senator Ademola Adeleke is giving out free N10,000 online to support his Governorship Campaign

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: CDD fact checkers spotted a message going viral on WhatsApp, with the claim that, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the PDP Governorship Candidate for the Osun 2022 elections is giving out N10,000 instantly online, as part of his campaign funds. The post reads: “Support ADEMOLA ADELEKE for the GOVERNORSHIP CAMPAIGN and receive N10,000 instant from ADEMOLA ADELEKE SUPPORT GROUP as part of his CAMPAIGN FUNDS. This Grant Is Available To All Nigerians who follow the link below to support him. Apply Here https://lyupz.com/ADELEKE-CAMPAIGN-2023”

VERIFICATION: Our fact-checkers sought to verify the claim’s authenticity by assessing the link attached to the broadcast message to be used by interested applicants. A click on the link shows that the campaign fund is allegedly sponsored by the PDP aspirant and it also showed ratings from “previous successful applicants” referred to as testifiers.

Further checks and critical analysis of the website revealed it to be a phishing website created by scammers to mislead the public into providing personal information.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim is Misleading. While we cannot confirm if Senator Ademola Adeleke is running an online campaign to give out 10,000 Naira to supporters, we can confirm that the message in circulation is a concocted one and directs to a phishing website intended to scam the unsuspecting public.

FACT CHECK: Did PDP Thugs Snatch Ballots and Cause Violence at Isokan LGA Ward 2 Unit 3?

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CLAIM: PDP thugs snatched Ballots and caused violence at Isokan LGA Ward 2 Unit 3.

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: CDD Fact Checkers spotted a WhatsApp story posted by 10:12 am with an attached picture, claiming that PDP thugs in Isokan LGA Ward 2 Unit 3, have snatched ballots and caused violence at the Polling Unit.

VERIFICATION: Our fact-checkers swung into action to ascertain whether the claim was indeed true. We immediately reached out to our observers situated at Isokan LGA Ward 2 Unit 3 and they confirmed that the atmosphere was entirely peaceful with no such incident occurring. The observer also took a picture of the ballot box, confirming that all was well at the polling unit.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim is false. PDP thugs in Isokan LGA Ward 2 Unit 3 did not snatch ballots or cause violence at the Polling Unit.

FACT CHECK: Was a Bullion Van Spotted at a Polling Unit?

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CLAIM: A bullion Van was spotted at a polling unit.

VERDICT: True But Misleading

CONTEXT: On 16th July 2022, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development [CDD] spotted a piece of news on several WhatsApp group pages published by The Source online newspaper that there was a bullion van stationed at African Primary School in Oshogbo, Osun State capital. This Primary School holds about 6 PUs. However, it was unclear whether the bullion van was meant for the election predicted to be characterized by vote buying or not.

The news published the claim with the headline “OsunDecide2022: Bullion Van Spotted at Polling Unit”

VERIFICATION: Investigations by CDD fact-checkers revealed that the report is true but misleading.

CDD fact checkers went to the PU and confirmed that though the bullion van was there, it was parked by a Zenith Bank Branch which shares a fence with the school.

Further checks by CDD revealed that the bank uses some spaces within the school for car parks and other purposes, CDD fact-checkers had an interview with the Bank Manager and an eyewitness at the polling unit.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm the report to be true but misleading because the bullion van was parked but not for the purpose of vote buying.

CDD is urging members of the public to read beyond headlines and verify the source before sharing any news.

FACT CHECK: Are Thugs in Ifewara LGA to Perpetrate Violence?

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CLAIM: Thugs are in Ifewara LGA to perpetrate violence.

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT:

on 16th July 2022 fact-checkers at the centre for democracy and development[ CDD] spotted a tweet on official PDP twitter account https://twitter.com/OfficialPDPNig/status/1548219554181963776?s=20&t=CiMvs36qMrsIoIAbyoUcsA” that says thugs are in Ifewara LGA to perpetrate violence

VERIFICATION: Investigations by CDD fast checkers revealed that the report is false as it has been taken down from the PDP’S Twitter account at the time of this investigation.

Further checks by CDD revealed that Ifewara is just a town and not a local government in Osun state.

CONCLUSION: CDD fast-checkers can confirm the report to be false. Attached is the deleted tweet

FACT CHECK: Did Hon Lasun of Labour Party Drop his Ambition for Sen Ademola Adeleke

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CLAIM: Hon Lasun of Labour Party drops his ambition for Sen. Ademola Adeleke.

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: On the 16th of July, 2022, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on social media that claimed that Hon. Lasun Yusuff of Labour Party dropped his ambition for Sen Ademola Adeleke of the PDP. The headline read thus: “Breaking: Hon Lasun Of Labour Party Drops His Ambition For Sen Ademola Adeleke!”

VERIFICATION: Investigations by CDD fact-checkers revealed that the report is false, although Nairaland published the report, at the time of this investigation it had been taken down and the error code 404 reads “removed-hidden”. Further checks by CDD revealed that vanguard newspaper published on November 15 2021 that Lasun Yusuf can drop his ambition for APC and not PDP, he said, “it would not be difficult to give up my governorship ambition for Governor Adegboyega Oyetola if the leadership of the party requested and gives every stakeholder a sense of belonging in the decision”.

CONCLUSION:  CDD fact-checkers can confirm the report to be false.

CDD is urging members of the public to read beyond headlines and verify the source before sharing any news, especially from blogs that are in the habit of using sensational headlines to draw traffic to their blogs.

FACT CHECK: Is Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the Ballot for the Osun Governorship Election?

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CLAIM: Bola Ahmed Tinubu is on the ballot for the Osun Governorship Election

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: A screenshot was spotted as posted by a Twitter user on July 15th, 2022, insinuating that the APC 2023 Presidential Candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is on the ballot for the Osun 2022 Gubernatorial Election.

VERIFICATION: Our fact-checkers looked into the claim and can verify that the incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the party’s accredited candidate for the Osun 2022 Governorship Election. The national leader of the All-Progressive Congress APC, Bola Tinubu on January 10th, 2022 formally declared his intention to contest the 2023 Presidential election under the platform of the APC.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim is misleading. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections is not on the ballot for the Osun 2022 Gubernatorial election.

FACT CHECK: Did the Police Withdraw all Securities From PDP Loyalists And Their Chieftain For The APC Thugs to Attack?

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CLAIM: The Police Withdrew all securities from PDP loyalists and their chieftain for the APC thugs to Attack.

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: On the 15th of July 2022, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development spotted a report on “The Whatsapp platform” claiming that police withdrew all securities from PDP loyalists and their chieftain for the APC thugs to attack.

VERIFICATION: The investigation by CDD fact-checkers revealed that the report was a rumour due to confirmation from “People’s gazette” website, Punch and Tribune, an hour ago. Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, said the police had informed the VIPs of the temporal withdrawal for the purpose of election.

Furthermore, Mr Babatunde Kokumo said there are some categories of Nigerian individuals who are entitled to these kinds of protections and have been informed that the Police are going to remove them.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm this report to be false. CDD is urging the members of the public to read beyond Headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.