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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.

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