On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development spotted a photograph of a man carrying a lady who appeared to be dead.
The lady, wrapped up in the Nigerian flag stained with blood had her hand dropping like she had no life in her, triggering generated over 105,700 likes and 6,934 comments and reactions on social media that she was a victim of the Lekki #EndSARS shooting.
In some cases, the photograph when shared on social media is accompanied by short captions stating that the lady is part of the #EndSARS protesters who fell to the bullets of soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.
Investigation conducted by CDD shows that the lady in the picture is not dead and that image was not shot from the scene of the Lekki shooting.
Our checks show that the photograph was taken at a drama set in Akwa Ibom State during the 60th Anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s Independence by the Nigerian Christian Corpers’ Fellowship (NCCF).
A statement released by the NCCF on Thursday, October 22, 2020, and seen by CDD said the title of the drama is “Lord, Heal Our Nation”.
“The picture did not emanate from the Lekki Toll Gate killings,” the statement said.
Also, a Facebook user, Onyinye Francis who was part of the drama said the lady in question is safe.
The claim that the lady wrapped in a Nigerian flag was a deceased victim of the Lekki shooting is false.
The lady is alive as the photograph in circulation is from a drama set by NCCF members in Akwa Ibom State. CDD can confirm that the photograph was taken during the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence on October 1, 2020.
The CDD urges the public to disregard the claim and always verify information they share.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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