CLAIM: A bullion Van was spotted at a polling unit.
VERDICT: True But Misleading
CONTEXT: On 16th July 2022, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development [CDD] spotted a piece of news on several WhatsApp group pages published by The Source online newspaper that there was a bullion van stationed at African Primary School in Oshogbo, Osun State capital. This Primary School holds about 6 PUs. However, it was unclear whether the bullion van was meant for the election predicted to be characterized by vote buying or not.
The news published the claim with the headline “OsunDecide2022: Bullion Van Spotted at Polling Unit”
VERIFICATION: Investigations by CDD fact-checkers revealed that the report is true but misleading.
CDD fact checkers went to the PU and confirmed that though the bullion van was there, it was parked by a Zenith Bank Branch which shares a fence with the school.
Further checks by CDD revealed that the bank uses some spaces within the school for car parks and other purposes, CDD fact-checkers had an interview with the Bank Manager and an eyewitness at the polling unit.
CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm the report to be true but misleading because the bullion van was parked but not for the purpose of vote buying.
CDD is urging members of the public to read beyond headlines and verify the source before sharing any news.