A trending video posted on Twitter on Saturday, October 24, 2020, claims that the Chairman of the Association Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was slapped by some lawmakers during a meeting. This claim has been shared by multiple sources on the microblogging site. The tweet had over 100 likes, 74 comments with many users downloading the video and sharing.
This claim is an old video of a brawl at the Edo State House of Assembly in 2017. Popular among those source of the claim is a verified Twitter account, @GoldmyneTV.
Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) traced the original video which was published by Sahara Reporters on its YouTube channel on August 14, 2017. It was also discovered that it was from the video that Goldmyne cropped the piece which has been shared widely.
The original video published by Sahara Reporters shows a fight at the Edo State House of Assembly after the speaker of the House of Assembly Justine Okonoboh was impeached by his fellow lawmakers. This followed a vote of no confidence passed on the speaker at the plenary on August 14, 2017.
Okonoboh impeachment notice was signed by 16 lawmakers of the 24-member Assembly over allegations of abuse of power vested in his office.
He was immediately replaced by Honourable Kabiru Adjoto as the fourth Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly.
Also, more investigation on the video showed that while the original video is two minutes long, the one shared in the claim is 27 seconds showing it has been cropped to hide the full information of the video.
One of the persons seen in the video throwing items at another man is Honourable Kabiru Adjoto, a former member of the Edo State House of Assembly.
In the last frame of the video shared by Goldmyne, one of the men involved in the brawl can be visibly seen trying to pick up what we identified as the maze of the Edo House of Assembly.
Also, no other media source – online, print or broadcast stations – have reported that executives of ASUU were involved in a brawl.
The claim that the man slapped in the trending video is the ASUU Chairman is False. Evidence gathered by the CDD shows the person in the video is not the ASUU chairman.
The video is also an old one from 2017.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can also forward suspicious messages for verification via WhatsApp to +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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