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VERDICT: False

CLAIM: A screenshot taken from what looks like a blog post has been circulating online. It suggests that the United Nations has warned Nigerians and other Africans to avoid accepting jobs in the Middle East.

The claim reads: “A Kidney now costs 262,000 dollars; Heart, 119,000 dollars UN warns Nigerians, other Africans to be wary of job offers in the middle east.”

FACT-CHECKING PROCESS: Investigations by Fact-Checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development show that the claim is false.

A keyword search revealed the information first surfaced online in 2019 and has been subsequently shared via several social media channels with different headlines.

The first time it was shared online, the originators claimed it was from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the link of the UNODC attached to the information to make it convincing to their audience.

Interestingly, the UN debunked the claim in March 2021 but the same message is still circulating across social media platforms, albeit, with some additions to make it look different from the original message.

The UNODC Pakistan also confirmed that the purported alert in 2019 is false, did not originate from the UNODC, and contains out-of-date information unrelated to their current activities.

Additionally, there is no related document alerting about organ trafficking on the UN office on drugs and crime website.

A fact-check by PesaCheck in March 2021 on the same document found the alert to be false.

Furthermore, the archived statement on organ trafficking on the website of UNODC covering from 2017 until August 2022 said that the need for transplantation of healthy organs into those who have failed organs has increased as such illicit means are being used to harvest human organs.

CONCLUSION: CDD can confirm that the claim suggesting that the United Nations has warned Nigerians and other Africans from accepting job offers in the Middle East for the fear of their organs being harvested is false and meant to mislead unsuspecting members of the public.

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