FACT-CHECK: DIG Moses Jitoboh Not Retired Nor Senior to IGP Usman Alkali

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On April 7, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending claim on Twitter that President Muhammadu Buhari did not only by-pass Deputy Inspector General of Police, Moses Jitoboh, to appoint, Usman Alkali Baba as Inspector General of Police but also retired the former. In addition to …

FACT-CHECK: Kano Hisbah Never Slammed N20,000 Fine on Male, Female Students For Sharing Rooms

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, several online platforms;  Sahara Reporters, Tori.ng, KanyiDaily, NigerDeltaConnect, NaijaNews, AllSchoolsForum reported that the Kano State Hisbah Corps had slammed a fine of N20,000 on male and female students of Bayero University Kano found sharing a room. The report with the headline: “Kano Hisbah Demands N20,000 Each To …

FACT-CHECK: Did Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Father Die on March 15, 2021?

VERDICT: Misleading CLAIM: On March 15, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim published by multiple online sources including the Punch and ABN claiming that Professor Chukwuka Okonjo, the father of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had just died. Also, the reports indicate …

Gwamnatin Tarayya Ba Ta Saye Manhajar WhatsApp Ba

Tushen Magana: A ranar 10 ga watan Maris din shekara ta 2021, masu bin diddigin labarai dan gano sahihancin sun a Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wani sako da aka wallafa a shafin Facebook da ke ikirarin cewa gwamnatin tarayyar Najeriya ta saye manhajar WhatsApp da ake amfani da ita wajen turawa …

Shin Masu Zanga-Zanga Sun Mamaye Titin Zuwa Filin Jirgin Saman Abuja Ranar 4 Ga Maris, 2021?

Gaskiyar Al’amari: Akwai Rudani Cikin Labarin Tushen Magana: A ranar 5 ga watan Maris, shekara ta 2021wadan su kafafen sada zumunta na zamani sun wallafa wani bidiyo tare da yin ikirarin cewa: “matasan Najeriya sun toshe titin zuwa filin jirgin sama da ke garin Abuja, daidai gadar Dantata, sun kuma dakatar zirga-zirgar jiragen sama tare …

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: Fake Twitter Page Impersonating FG's Youth Program

CLAIM: On February 17, 2021, some concerned citizens alerted fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) to a Twitter page “Nigerian Youth Investment Fund” (NYIF_NGR) which claimed to be a ‘Youth-focused business funding scheme of the Federal Government of Nigeria’. The handlers of the page also called on interested applicants to pay a …

FACT-CHECK: Beware of Viral Link For Dangote Empowerment Grant

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast shared on various groups that the Aliko Dangote Foundation is disbursing grants to eligible Nigerians. The claim reads: “2021 Dangote Empowerment, Hurry Now Check if You are Eligible to Receive a Cash Price As …

Shin Sipetan Yan Sandan Najeriya Ya Mika Ragamar Hukumar Yan Sanda Ga Mai Rikon Kwarya?

Gaskiyar Al’amari: Karya Ne! Tushen Magana: A ranar 2 ga watan Fabrairun shekara ta 2021, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wani labari da wani zauren yanar gizo mai suna OperaNews ya wallafa inda yace Sipetan Yan Sandan Najeriya, Mohammed Adamu mika ragamar mulki ga sabon sipetan yan …

FACT-CHECK: Prof Ebere Onwudiwe Not In Dollar Spraying Trending Video

VERDICT: False and Misleading CLAIM: On Monday, January 11, 2021, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending video of a group of people particularly men dressed in white attire and off-white hats spraying Dollar notes in the air in an event. The video widely spread on WhatsApp with the claim that the …

Newsletter for the Week Ending January 10, 2021

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to hit countries across the world hard, there have been efforts to put the health emergency crisis under control. There is a considerable push by world leaders, scientists to strengthen the production and administration of vaccines across over 40 countries and counting. While no African country has joined the …

Analysis and Trends of Disinformation: A Sneak Peek Into 2021

As we begin a new year, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) would have wished the scourge and threat posed by false claims and narrative popularly referred to as fake news ended in the past year but that is not the case. It now seems obvious the fight is a never-ending one …

CDD NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 20, 2020

Just when the general public thought the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria was taking a positive turn, statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that the number of confirmed cases of disease has skyrocketed. For the past week under review, the number of COVID-19 cases which appeared to have dropped in the country …

WhatsApp, Facebook Not Banned by Katsina State Government

VERDICT: False and Misleading CLAIM: On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a viral message trending on WhatsApp groups, claiming that the Katsina State Government has banned the use of social media application – WhatsApp and Facebook. The story  published by different media outfits  had headlines:: Katsina …

CDD Disinformation Newsletter For The Week Ending November 29, 2020

The world is going through one of the most turbulent times in human history. This has also been followed by enormous advancements in information and communication technology. In addition, internet users have the burden of dealing with a load of information while struggling to separate truth from falsehood. Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria is …

FACT-CHECK: Kano Government Did Not Rename France Road

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Thursday, November 5, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a viral WhatsApp broadcast claiming that the Kano State Government has renamed a France Road to Madina Road. According to the broadcast produced in Hausa language and shared across various WhatsApp group, the renaming of the popular France …

Daraktan Hukumar Lafiya Ta Duniya WHO Bai Bayyana Kamuwa Da Cutar Corona Ba!

Tushen Magana: A ranar Litinin, 2 ga watan Nuwanban shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya Da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano yadda zaurukan yanar gizo da dama suka wallafa labarin cewa, babban daraktan hukumar lafiya ta duniya (WHO) ya kamu da cutar Corona. Labarin wanda, shafukan yanar gizon suka wallafa cikin …

FACT-CHECK: No, Viral Photo of Dead Woman in Nigerian Flag Not From Lekki Shooting

VERDICT: False! CLAIM: 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 …

FACT-CHECK: ZLP Candidate, Ajayi Agboola, Still on Ondo Governorship Election Race

CLAIM:  On Saturday, 10, 2020, a trending image reported to be a press release from the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), claim that the governorship candidate of the party, Honourable Agboola Ajayi, has withdrawn from the 2020 Ondo election. FACT: The trending claim that the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), in the ongoing 2020 …

FACT-CHECK: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Not Yet Appointed First Female WTO DG

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: On Thursday, October 8, 2020, various social media platforms were engulfed with the claim that Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has been appointed the first female Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Multiple sources, especially on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp made the claim that former Nigeria’s minister …