FACT CHECK – DID OPC AND AMOTEKUN IN IKERE INTERCEPT TWO TRUCKLOADS OF FULANIS WITH HIDDEN ARMS UNDER GRASS?

CLAIM: A trending video surfaced online, particularly on WhatsApp and some online news platforms with message that Men of Ekiti State Security Network Agency known as Amotekun and Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) have intercepted two trucks loaded with ammunition and Fulani herdsmen in Ekiti State

VERIFICATION PROCESS:

Checks by CDD fact-checkers revealed that the viral video began trending on June 8, 2022, on WhatsApp.  In the video, some men are seen searching a truck filled with grass sheets and a few men are seen lying face down in the middle of the road after they were allegedly apprehended. Translation of the Yoruba language being spoken in the video did not depict that the men were Fulani herdsmen or carrying ammunition.

CDD fact checkers in Ekiti state, visited the location where the incident had happened, where they spoke to residence of the Ikere, who confirmed that the incident to be misleading. An eyewitness confirmed that the youth escorted the truck out from Ikere. Fact checkers’ findings correlate with the comment made by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Police Command, DSP Abutu Sunday, who debunked the claim at a webinar on election security. According to him, the youths of Ikere suspected the truck and intercepted it in Ekiti State. However, after the truck was searched by the Police and the youths, nothing incriminating was found, the truck was peacefully released out of the town.

CONCLUSION:

Based on available evidence, CDD can confirm that the claim is false. Two truckloads of Fulanis with hidden arms under grass were not intercepted by the OPC and Amotekun in Ikere Ekiti. CDD advises residents of Ekiti state to always double check their information before sharing, especially as the state heads to the gubernatorial election scheduled for June 18, 2022. Note: If you cannot independently verify that news story, do not share it. You can help to stop the spread of fake news.

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