FACT-CHECK: Former Kano Police Commissioner Muhammad Wakili is Alive



On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted trending news on Facebook and WhatsApp announcing the death of Muhammad Wakili, a former Commissioner of Police in Kano State.

The story claimed that CP Wakili died in a motor accident.

One of the posts reads: “Just received the sad news of CP Wakili’s demise, may Allah forgive his shortcomings and make Aljannatul Firdaus his final abode.”


The news that CP Muhammad Wakili is dead is false.

In a recording done personally by CP Wakili on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, the former Police Commissioner debunked the news of his death.

The former Police Commissioner in the recording obtained by CDD said: “I have no idea what the people who put out the story want to achieve by misinforming the public, as I speak I am alive living with my family”

“I received a call yesterday night around 11:30 pm from a distinguished Nigerian, when I saw his call at that time I said to myself, his call at this time! I then picked, we then spoke, he kept thanking God repeatedly, I asked why he said he just saw the news that I was dead following road accident”

The former Police Commissioner said his mobile phone has been ringing off the hook since the rumor started.

CP Wakili is currently serving as Special Adviser on Security to the Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Yahaya.


The news that Muhammad Wakili, a former Kano State Police Commissioner is dead is false.

CP Wakili is alive, well and presently serving as Special Adviser on Security to Gombe state governor.

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