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CLAIM: Kashim Shettima dines with Boko Haram terrorists

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: A photo of the All Progressives Congress vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima allegedly eating with Boko Haram terrorists has been circulating online.

The picture shows the former governor of Borno State sitting and eating on a mat with five men whose appearance resembled that of Fulani herdsmen.
VERIFICATION:
Our partners at Daily Trust carried out an analysis of the photo using Google reverse image search which showed that it had been on the internet since November 2017. They also ascertained that the picture has generated several reactions purporting that Shettima was dining with Boko Haram terrorists who have ravaged the Northeastern part of Nigeria, killing thousands of citizens.

Also in circulation is a statement by an alleged former aide to the Senator, I. A Ningi, explaining that the image was shot when the governor had a meeting with some nomadic (Mbororo) Fulani parents in Borno.

Backing Shettima, the former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani, said linking Shettima with Boko Haram was mischief.

“Those who are aggrieved over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the ruling party have the constitutional right to express their objections.

“However, the remarks that trailed the ticket, including insinuations and allegations linking Shettima to the formation, growth and deadly destruction by the Boko Haram group is condemnable and mischievous,” Sani said in a statement.

COONCLUSION:

Despite several reports and reactions, linking Shettima to the activities of Boko Haram while he was Borno State governor, none of the allegations has been proved.

Hence, there is no sufficient evidence to back the claim that the Senator was dining with alleged Boko Haram members as depicted in the viral photo.

WHY WE FACT-CHECKED THIS: Following the several claims by supporters and adversaries of presidential and their vice presidential candidates aimed at improving and impairing the reputation of candidates. CDD fact-checked this claim to provide Nigerians with the facts to avoid swaying the votes of Nigerians on the basis of fake news.

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