CDD NEWSLETTER FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 25, 2021

With our weekly newsletter, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) aims to inform the public about the work we do and build their capacity in countering disinformation which has become a grave concern to well-meaning citizens. For this past week, this newsletter showcases claims and narratives fact-checked by the Centre which include; the claim …

CDD NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 14, 2021

The second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the mutation of the virus into various variants, and the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination by several countries in Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa,  Ghana, and Ivory Coast has led to the spread of disinformation and conspiracy theories around the vaccines. According to medical experts, vaccination is the single …

FACT-CHECK: Image of Cows Eating Tomatoes From Nigeria?

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: On March 2, 2021, a Facebook user Amanda Chisom shared a picture of cattle eating a heap of tomatoes by a roadside. The post created the impression that it was from Northern Nigeria as a result of the ongoing food blockade from the north to the south in Nigeria.  Several social media …

FACT-CHECK: Bill Gates Did Not Say “Next Pandemic Is Coming After COVID-19”

VERDICT: Misleading Headline CLAIM: On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a headline on MSNBC’s YouTube channel, which trendedon several WhatsApp groups, claiming that Bill Gates had warned that a “Next Pandemic” is coming after COVID-19.  FACT: Investigations by CDD fact-checkers show that Bill Gates did not …

FACT-CHECK: Is Newly Introduced WhatsApp Status A Bait?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On January 31, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending voice note warning all WhatsApp users against clicking on the newly introduced status. The voice note said: “an Arab guy” is behind the new WhatApps status update and any attempt to click on it would grand …

FACT-CHECK: Beware!! Fake Link To FG/CBN Grant In Circulation

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast claiming that the Federal Government in conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would disburse grants to 500,000 Nigerian youths. The broadcast also claimed that the grant has been earmarked for the youth …

FACT-CHECK: 200 ECWA Members Did Not Die of COVID-19

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On January 11, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on TrueTellsNigeria” with the headline: BREAKING NEWS: 200 ECWA Church Members Die Of COVID-19. The claim also published by a blog – Akpraise – with the headline: Popular Nigerian Church Mourns As 200 Members Are Allegedly …

Shin Babban Bankin Kasa CBN Da Gwamnatin Tarayya Na Bada Tallafin N650,000 Ga Kowane Najeirya?

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne! Tushen Magana: A ranar Talata, 1 ga watan Disamban shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wassu sakonni da ake yadawa ta manhajar WhatsApp da suke bayyana cewa gwamnatin tarayya ta hannun babban bankin kasa na CBN na bada tallafin kud da …

Shin Gwamnatin Tarayya Zata Dauki Matasa Dubu Hamsin (50,000) Aiki?

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne! Tushen Magana: A ranar Juma’a, 27 ga watan Nuwanban shekara ta 2020, masu tanatnce sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wani labari da ake yadawa cewa hukumar samar da ayyukan yi ta kasa National Directorate of Employment (NDE) tana raba ayyuka da yawan su yakai 50,000 …

Lakabin Black Friday Baya Nufin Muzantawa Ga Ranar Juma’a

Tushen Magana: A ranar Alhamis, 27 ga watan Nuwanban shekara ta 2020 masu bin diddigin labarai dan gano sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wata takarda data fito daga hukumar HISBA ta jahar Kano, takardar wadda aka aikata ga hukumar gudanarwar gidan rediyon Cool FM dake birnin Kano ta nemi …

NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 15, 2020

CDD Disinformation Weekly takes a closer look at the spread of fake news. The Centre continued to sort fiction from facts. As the world faces information disorder, staying connected with CDD fact checks  brings you informed opinion on important issues, from government to politics, to healthcare and development. This week,  the Centre spotted the spread …

FACT-CHECK: Seriake Dickson Not Disqualified by Abuja High Court for Certificate Forgery

VERDICT: False CLAIM: A WhatsApp message shared widely in groups and on Facebook was spotted  on November 13, 2020 claimed that the Federal High Court in Abuja had disqualified Seriake Dickson, from contesting  the Bayelsa West Senatorial District election over certificate forgery. Seriake Dickson is the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa state and candidate of …

Shin Gwamnatin Kano Ta Canzawa Titin Faransa (France Road) Suna?

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne! Tushen Magana: A ranar 5 ga watan Nuwanban shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) suka gano wani rubutaccen sako da aka yada ta hanyar WhatsApp dake cewa gwamnatin Kano ta canzawa titin Faransa (France Road) suna zuwa titin Madina (Madina Road). Kamar yadda …

FACT-CHECK: Is the INEC Chairman Handing Over to an Acting Chairman?

VERDICT: True CLAIM: On Friday, November 6, 2020, a blog ejegist published a report with the claim that the current Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, will hand over to an Acting Chairman on Monday, November 9. The report quoting the Daily Trust Newspaper and went further to say that …

FACT-CHECK: Has Bola Tinubu Left APC?

VERDICT: False! CLAIM: On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a story published by a Facebook page of an online Hausa newspaper, Sahara Reporters Hausa, claiming that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has decamped from the ruling party. The story …

FACT-CHECK: Katsina Women Did Not Call For Buhari’s Resignation During #EndSARS Protest

VERDICT: False and Misleading CLAIM: On Monday, October 19, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a 30 seconds viral video on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, claiming women dressed in hijabs while chanting and dancing were calling for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation. The women were heard chanting “Buhari is a hypocrite and …

FACT-CHECK: Was Ondo State First Lady, Betty Akeredolu Injured In Attack on Polling Unit?

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: On Saturday, October 10, 2020, a video trending on Twitter claimed that three people were killed, while Ondo State first lady, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu was injured at Ward 5, Polling Unit 6 in Owo, during the early hours of the governorship election. The video which had Channels Television logo and details was widely …

Har Yanzu Ba’a Nada Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala a Matsayin Mace Ta Farko Kuma Babbar Daraktar WTO Ba!

Tushen Magana: A ranar Alhamis, 8 ga watan Oktoban shekara ta 2020, kafafen sada zumunta na zamani da dama sun rawaito cewa tsohuwar Ministar Kudi ta kasa Dr. Ngozi Okonj-Iweala ta zama mace ta farko da ta zama babbar daraktar hukumar cinikayya ta duniya wato World Trade Organization (WTO). Majiyoyi da yawa musamman a Twitter …

FACT CHECK: President Buhari Never Asked Dauda Rarara To Raise Money To Sing For Him

VERDICT: False! CLAIM: On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a one-minute 59 seconds video audio clip claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Northern singer, Dauda Rarara, to raise money from Nigerians to produce a song for him. In the widely circulated audio recorded in Hausa, …