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FACT CHECK: Northern APC Governors didn’t meet Atiku after Tinubu’s Victory

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CLAIM:

A video is currently circulating on social media especially WhatsApp, insinuating that northern governors of the All Progressive Congress visited the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday after APC presidential primary at Eagle Square.

Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar

The video was captioned “THE GAME JUST GET STARTED.”

The text further read, “APC Northern Governors and Senate President went to visit Alhaji Atiku Abubakar immediately after their APC Presidential Primaries this morning when Tinubu was declared the winner of APC Presidential Ticket

“Northern blood brothers remain, Northern blood brothers, thes people might handover a life snake to Tinubu. There are two things they are going to do to make sure the north retains power; they are either going to start decamping to PDP or remain in APC and work against Tinubu’s interest. North and power are cousins. You don’t trust them when it comes to that.”

VERDICT: FALSE

FACT:

However, Checks by Daily Trust revealed that the video was first taken in January this year during a condolence visit.

Using Invid, a video verification tool, Daily Trust established that the video first surfaced on the Internet on January 22, 2022, when Atiku paid a condolence visit to the family of Dahiru Mangal, a business magnate in Katsina who lost his 85-year-old mother.

The late Hajiya Murja Bara’u was the mother of Alhaji Dahiru Mangal who is the Chairman of Afdin Group, owners of Max Air, Afdin Petroleum, Afdin Construction, among others.

Also, Daily Trust traced a tweet by the former vice president on his Twitter handle @atiku where he confirmed the condolence visit on the same day.

The tweet read, “Earlier today (January 22), I paid a condolence visit to Alhaji Dahiru Mangal in Katsina over the loss of his beloved mother and matriarch of their family, Hajiya Murja Bara’u. I pray that Almighty Allah will comfort the family and grant her Aljannah Firdaus in Paradise.”

CONCLUSION

The video currently in circulation is an old video from a condolence visit by Atiku and some northern APC governors to the family of Alhaji Dahiru Mangal and the video is being recycled. As such, the claim in the video that northern governors met with Atiku after Tinubu’s victory at the APC primary is false and misleading.

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

By Fact Check

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 the claim is the narrative that Jitoboh, 52, is also senior to Alkali, 57, and was bypassed only for the position to be handed to a Muslim from the Northern part of Nigeria.

FACT:

Checks by the CDD reveals the claim that DIG Moses Jitoboh is senior to DIG Usman Alkali and was bypassed for the post of IGP is false.

An investigation by the CDD  shows that Usman Alkali Baba joined the Nigerian Police Force in 1988, while Moses A. Jitoboh joined after six years in 1994.   

Further checks by the Centre show that DIG Jitoboh was recently promoted to the rank of DIG Police on  February 2021.

Reacting to the claim, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, told the CDD fact-checker that the claim that DIG Jitoboh has been retired from the force is false. Mba described the claim as “Fake News”.

Also, the spokesperson to the Police Service Commission, Ikechukwu Ani, told CDD that Jitoboh has not retired from the Force as of April 9, 2021.

CONCLUSION

CDD can confirm that the report that DIG Moses Jitoboh is senior to DIG Usman Alkali is false. Also, the claim that DIG Jitoboh was bypassed for the position of the Inspector General of Police false.

The CDD urges members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

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

By Fact Check

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 Release Male, Female University Students Found In Same Room, claimed operatives of the Islamic Police invaded some off-campus hostels of the University in Danbare area.

It also said students of opposite sex found in the same room.

FACT:

An investigation carried out by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) shows that the claim that students of the opposite sex have been asked to pay N20,00 for sharing a room is false.

Contrary to the claim, the Kano State Hisbah Corps did not slam a fine of N20,000 on any student for sharing a room with the opposite sex.

Also, the Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Hisbah Corps, Lawan Ibrahim Fagge, who spoke to CDD a fact-checker the report on the N20,000 fine on students for sharing rooms is fake news.

Fagge said the Hisbah Police is not a court and as such lacks the power to carry out sure punitive measures.

Fagge said: “This is nothing but fake news, Hisbah has not fined any student.”

He said the Corps was contacted by some students in the area over incidents of unmarried Muslim students of opposite sex sharing rooms.

“Therefore as Islamic values promoting agency we met with them and counselled them on why they shouldn’t do that and ends the matter, it is therefore surprising that some news organizations are reporting that we arrested and fined them, this has not happened, it is false,” Fagge said.

CONCLUSION:

The report that Kano Hisbah has slammed a fine of N20,000 on male and female Bayero University Kano students for sharing rooms is false.

CDD is urging the general public to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa

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

By Fact Check

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 that a statement issued by Dr Ngozi on behalf of the family said her father, the immediate past Obi of Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State died on March 15, 2021.

It also added the Professor Okonjo died at the age of 91 in Lagos as soon as he returned from a trip to the United States of America and Ghana.

FACT:

Checks by the CDD show that the claim that Professor Chukwuka Okonjo recently passed on March 15, 2021, is misleading.

The former Obi of Ogwashi Ukwu in Delta State passed on September 13, 2019, at the age of 91 in Lagos.

An investigation by CDD also reveals that a press statement released by the late Professor’s family through Dr Okonjo-Iwela’s media adviser, Paul C. Nwabiukwu on September 13, 2019,  had confirmed that he died two years ago and not 2021.

A screenshot of the report by ABN

A further check showed that at the time of  Professor Okonjo`s demise Dr Ngozi had not been appointed the director-general of the WTO.

CONCLUSION

CDD can confirm that the reports that Professor Chukwuka Okonjo, the father of the WTO DG passed on March 15, 2021, is misleading.

Contrary to reports. Professor Okonjo died on September 13, 2019, and not in March 2021.

The CDD urges members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

Gwamnatin Tarayya Ba Ta Saye Manhajar WhatsApp Ba

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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 da karbar sakonni.

Sakon da aka wallafa din ya bayyana cewa gwamnatin tarayya ta saye manhajar ne akan kimanin kudi biliyan uku (kodayake ba a bayyana biliyan ukun na nau’in wane kudi bane).

Sakon ya kara da cewa masu amfani da manhajar su gaggauta barin amfani da ita dan komawa yin amfani “Signal App” saboda a cewar sakon gwamnatin Najeriya za ta ci gaba das aka ido akan abinda mutane ke yi a manhajar ta WhatsApp.

Wani bangare na sakon yace: “Za a rika bin diddigin abinda kake yi! Daina amfani da WhatsApp yanzu-yanzu! Fara yin amfani da Signal App yanzu! Signal App baya bada damar sa ido akan abinda kakeyi”

Gaskiyar Magana:

Binciken da CDD ta aiwatar ya gano cewa gwamnatin Najeriya ba ta saye manhajar WhwatsAppm din ba kamara yadda akayi ikirari.

Karin binciken da CDD ta aiwatar ya gano cewa sakon da wanda wani mai lura da wani shafin Facebook mai suna “Best of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu”  ya wallafa shi dandalin Facebook din ya riga ya aiyana shi a matsayin labarin bogi.

Shafin Facebook a martanin da ya mayar game da sakon bogin da aka wallafa din yace tuni wasu masu tantance sahihancin bayanai masu zaman kansu sun tantance shi kuma sun gano cewa karya ne.

Wani karin binciken da zurfafa ya gano cewa, kamfanin sada zumunta da muhawarar na Facebook a martanin day a mayarwa kamfanin dillancin labarai na AFP ya bayyana sakon a matsayin na karya.

Ba zai yiwu Facebook su sayar da kamfanin da ta samar dashi akan zabar kudi dala biliyan goma sha tara da digo uku ($19.3 billion), da ke da mallakar hannun jari da kudin su yakai dala biliyan sha biyu ($12 billion), abu ne da bazai yiwu ba ace an sayar dashi akan naira biliyan uku (3BN)  kacal ga gwamnatin Najeriya.

Yana da kyau a sani cewa a halin yanzu idan za a sayar da WhatsApp zai kai tsabar kudi dala biliyan dari biyar ($500 billion), dan haka babu ta yadda za a sayar dashi a naira biliyan uku kacal.

Alamu na nuna cewa wanda ya wallafa sakon ka iya zama masoyi ga Nnamdi Kanu, mai fafutukar neman kirikiro kasar Biafra wadda magoya bayan suka kware wajen yada labaran karya.

Kammalawa:

Bayan gudanar da zuzzurfan bincike, CDD na tabbatar da cewa gwamnatin Najeirya ba ta saye manhajar WhatsApp ba kamar yadda wani sakon da aka yada a wasu shafukan sada zumunta na zamani ya bayyana.

CDD na jan hankalin jama’a game da yin nazari da tantance sahihancin sakonni da labarai kafin yada su ga sauran jama’a.

Kuna iya aikowa CDD labaran da kuke da shakku akansu da gano muku gaskiyar su. Za ku iya turo gajeren sako (SMS) ta manhajar WhastApp akan lamba: +2349062910568 ko ku tuntube mu a shafin Twitter a @CDDWestAfrica.

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

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

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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 da tsayar da al’amura cak a garin na Abuja”.

Bdiyon an kara yada shi a manhajar WhatsApp da taken: “ zanga-zangar Lekki Toll Gate na maimaita kanta a garin Abuja. Ya Allah taimaki wannan kasar!”

Shafin yanar gizo na Nairaland ya kara wallafa bidiyon a dandalin tattaunawar sad a karin bayani kamar haka: “wasu matasa sun dauki doka a hannun sua babban birnin tarayya, wato Abuja aranar Alhamis inda suka dakatar dukkan al’amuran dare, wannan lamari ya faru a gadar Dantata da ke kan titin zuwa fili jirgin saman garin Abuja, dalilin daukar wannan mataki da matasan suka yi shine mummunan shugabanci da ke wanzuwa karkashin mulkin Shugaba Buhari”.

An nuna wani jerin gwanon ababen hawa inda wani mutum ke cewa matasa sun rufe gadar Dantata yayin da suke gudanar da zanga-zanga.

Gaskiyar Magana:

Binciken CDD ya gano cewa bidiyon da aka yada din watan sa biyar da dauka. Hasalima an dauki bidiyon ne a ranar 16 ga watan Oktoban shekara ta 2020 lokacin gudanar da zanga-zangar #EndSARS da ke hankoron kawo karshen ikirarin cin zarafin mutane day an sanda keyi a Najeriya.

Hakika masu zanga-zanga sun toshe titin zuwa filin jirgin saman garin Abuja. Wannan hanya hanya ce da ake binta zuwa jihohin Niger da Kogi da Kaduna dama wasu yankunan babban birnin tarayyar. Jaridu irinsu Premium Times da Independent da Tribune duk sun rawaito wannan zanga-zanga.

Karin binciken da CDD ta gudanar ya gano cewa, lallai anyi zanga-zanga a garin Abuja a ranar 4 ga watan Maris din shekara ta 2021 wadda wasu mutane da ke neman Shugaba Buhari yayi murabus suka aiwatar. Masu zanga-zangar wadda mafiya yawan su matasa ne sun gudanar da ita ne a tsakiyar birnin tarayya amma ba gadar Dantata ba kamar yadda majiyoyi da yawa suka rawaito.

Rundunar yan sanda babban birnin tarayya ta yi tsokaci da bidiyon inda ta ce ba a yi zanga-zangar #EndSARS a Abuja ba a ranar 4 ga watan Maris din 2021.

Yan sandan fayyace batun inda suka ce bidiyon da ake yadwa din an dauke shine a lokacin zanga-zangar #EndSARS da ta gudana a shekarar da ta gabata.

“Labarin bogi, an janyo hankalin rundunar yan sandan babban birnin tarayya Abuja game da bidiyon yin zanga-zangar #EndSARS a Abuja. Muna son tabbatar da cewa babu wata zanga-zanga da ta faru, wannan bidiyo da aka yada tsohon bidiyo da aka nada lokacin zanga-zangar #EndSARS da ta gudana a shekarar da ta gabata, inji hukumar yan sanda

Kammalawa:

Ikirarin da aka yi cikin wani bidiyo da aka yada a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani cewa matasa sun toshe gadar Dantata da ke kan titin zuwa filin jrigin saman Abuja ranar Alhamis, 4 ga Maris, 2021 yana dauke da rudani. Bidiyon an dauke shi ne a ranar 16 ga watan Oktoban shekara ta 2020 lokacin zanga-zangar #EndSARS.

CDD na jan hankalin jama’a da su guji yada duk abubuwan da ba su tantatnce sahihancin su ba.

Za ku iya turowa CDD labaran da kuke da shakku akansu dan tantance muku sahihancin su ta hanyar aiko gajeren sako ko ta manhajar WhatsApp akan lamba: +2349062910568 ko a shafin mu na Twitter mai adireshi kamar haka: @CDDWestAfrica

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

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

By Fact Check

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 users have also shared the image to create the impression that the event happened in Nigeria, an aftermath of the food blockade by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN).

Shared on Twitter by Spartan – El Pluribus Unum! (@Osegun_MG), the image was also posted by Reno Omokri, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, and on Nairaland.

FACT:

The image showing cattle eating tomatoes heaped by the roadside is not from Nigeria but India. It was first shared online by the fake page Funny India on July 30, 2017.

On January 9, 2021, a Twitter page @Rukhsar428 shared the image alongside another image of a cow in a tweet, stating that his government’s policies have become hostile to the nation’s economy.

In January this year, the image was used by several Twitter users as part of a social media campaign in India calling for the ban on the importation of tomatoes into the country using the hashtag #StopImportTomatoAndOnion.

CONCLUSION

The image of cows eating from a heap of tomatoes by the roadside is not from Nigeria but India and was first used in India on July 30, 2017, by a fake page Funny.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Fake Twitter Page Impersonating FG's Youth Program

By Fact Check

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 certain fee before applying for any of the grants.

FACT:

The Twitter account Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (@NYIF_NGR) is fake and not associated with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

Checks by CDD show that the ministry has not also asked participants to pay a fee before applying for any of its grants as portrayed by @NYIF_NGR.

Findings by CDD fact-checkers also revealed that the authentic page for the FG-approved grant is the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund with Twitter handle @NYIF_NG.

The Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF), launched by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports in July 2020 completed its pilot disbursement of loans totalling N165,700,000 to 239 beneficiaries.

Furthermore, our fact-checkers reached out to Areola Oluwakemi, the Special Assistant (ICT & Corporate Relations) to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development who confirmed that the said account is fake.

Oluwakemi told CDD that the handlers of @nyif_ngr are showcasing the account as that of the FG initiative under the Federal Ministry of Youth and sports development not related to the Ministry.

“They are scamming innocent Nigerian youth,” Oluwakemi said.

CONCLUSION

The Twitter account @NYIF_NGR is not associated with the  Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

The real account for the FG-approved initiative for Nigerian youths is @NYIF_NG.

CDD urges members of the public to always verify the information they see online before clicking any link or paying for any online service.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

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

By Fact Check

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 Part Of Dangote Empowerment Grant.”

Also attached to the message is a link for registration.

FACT:

Investigations by CDD show that the purported grant being circulated on WhatsApp is an online scam shared by some fraudsters.

A visit to the website through the link provided on the message reveals that every piece of information provided online is not authentic.

CDD also gathered that the picture attached to the link does not correspond to what can be obtained on the website – a new strategy adopted by online scammers to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

Also, an analysis of the pictures attached using fact-checking tools reveal that the image used is that of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, giving out cash to some Nigerians.

CDD fact-checkers traced the image and found out that it was taken during a grant allocation initiative of the Federal Government during the disbursement of COVID-19 lockdown relief funds to residents of Kwali Area Council, Federal Capital Territory in April 2020.

Further checks on the website reveal that the website requested personal details of prospective applicants including their bank account numbers and name, Biometric Verification Number (BVN). This is a known method used by fraudsters to defraud the public especially youths.

However, something new and different from the other fraudulent messages usually shared on WhatsApp is that this particular broadcast offers terms and privacy of applicant’s details.

Checks to the official website of ADF and the organisation’s Twitter page proved otherwise. The only grant given as of the time of writing this report is the micro-grant for women and youth.

The foundation has so far disbursed the sum of 3.9 billion to eleven states and has just concluded plans to continue the money disbursement in other parts of the country.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of a message before taking further actions.

Conclusions:

The claim circulating on WhatsApp that the Aliko Dangote Foundation is giving grants to lucky Nigerians in 2021 is false. This is a method used by online fraudsters to collect data personal data from unsuspecting Nigerians and defraud them too.

CDD is urging the general public to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

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

By Fact Check

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 sanda da zai maye gurbin sa.

Labarin yace Sipeta Adamu ya cika shekaru 35 da kama aikin gwamnati dan ya mika ragamar hukumar yan sanda ga mataimakin sa mai kula da harkokin yau da kullum mai suna Sanusi Lemo.

Gaskiyar Magana:

Binciken da CDD ta gudanar ya gano cewa kawo ranar Laraba, 3 ga watan Fabrairun shekara ta 2021 Mohammed Adamu shine Sipetan Yan Sandan Najeriya. Labarin da ke cewa ya mika ragamar shugabanci ga mataimakin sa ba gaskiya bane.

Da yake maida martani ga labarin, mai magana da yawun yan sandan Najeriya Frank Mba a wata hiar da yayi da jaridar Nation ranar 2 ga wata Fabrairu yace rahoton da ke yawo cewa sipetan yan sanda Mohammed Adamu ya mika shugabanci ga DIG Lemo ba gaskiya bane, dan haka jama’a suyi watsi da labarin. Kawo lokacin hada wannan rahoto ranar Laraba, 3 ga watan Fabrairu, Shugaba Muhammadu Buhari bai ayyana wanda zai jagoranci hukumar yan sandan dan maye gurbin Mohammed Adamu ba.

Kammalawa:

Jita-jitar da ake yadawa cewa Sipetan Yan Sandan Najeriya Mohammaed Adamu ya mika jagorancin ma’iakatar yan sanda ga wanda zai rike ma’aikatar na wucin gadi ba gaskiya bane.

Kawon lokacin hada wannan rahoto a ranar Laraba, 3 ga watan Fabrairun shekara ta 2021, Mohammed Adamu ne ke ci gaba da zama Sipetan Yan Sandan Najeriya.

CDD na jan hanakalin jama’a da cewa su guji kirikira ko yada labarai ko sakonni na karya.

Kuna iya aikowa CDD labarai ko sakonnin da kuke da shakku akansu dan tantance muku sahihancin su ta wannan lamba +2349062910568, kuna ma iya aiko sakon WhatsApp.

#AgujiYadaLabaranKarya

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

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

By Fact Check

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 event was the traditional chieftaincy installation of Professor Ebere Onwudiwe, as the Mba 1 of Isunjaba, a ceremony that took place on December 27, 2020.  Prof Onwudiwe died from COVID-19 related complication on January 9, 2021.

Prof Onwudiwe until his death was a professor of Political Science Emeritus at the Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and a Distinguished Fellow at the CDD.

FACT:

A review of the video by CDD fact-checkers using evidence-based technology identified the people in the video as members of the social group, the Asian Tigers, which is displayed on the off-white hat. The group’s membership is largely from Anambra State, South-East Nigeria.

Further fact checks proved that the men in the video attended a traditional wedding ceremony in Agulu, in that state. CDD spotted other videos of the Asian Tigers using tech,  CDD found  Ufo Solomon’s Facebook page, an ardent follower of the Asian Tigers; and  Okafor Ukay’s account, who claimed to be members of Asian Tigers, in  Qatar.

One of the videos posted by Ufo Solomon in January 2020, exactly a year earlier, shows the group spaying money at the House Warming of one of their members, confirming a norm in the manner the group display currencies in their events.

Fact-checkers can independently confirm that that Professor Onwudiwe was not a member of the group and therefore there was no way they will attend  “his installation’’.

The claim originated from a piece: “The Njaba Super Spreader Event by Joel Nwokeoma” on Saturday, January 9, 2021. In the piece, Nwokeoma had warned residents of the Njaba community to self-isolate, shortly after the death of Prof. Onwudiwe was announced.

The piece by Nwokeoma was subsequently shared on Facebook by a Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojodu. The Facebook post accompanied by the Asian Tiger video has since gone viral.

In a quick reaction, Nwokeoma posted a disclaimer on his Facebook page that said, “evidently, a mischief-maker attached it (the video) to the apt post which has since gone viral”.

Nwokeoma added: “The video should be regarded as what it is, fake and concocted, and therefore discountenanced.”

Also, CDD contacted Nigerian journalist, Ray Ekpu, an associate of Prof Onwudiwe, who was present at the chieftaincy event in Isunjaba. Premium Times had earlier quoted Mr. Ekpu when it reported the death of the Professor.

Mr Ekpu confirmed the trending video as a false representation of Prof Onwudiwe and the event of his chieftaincy installation in Isunjaba.

He said that the chieftaincy installation was a very restricted ceremony, which according to him took place in an open space, with only four persons, including Prof Onwudiwe, Prof Pat Utomi, himself and another individual, the ceremony which lasted within 30 minutes.

Mr Ekpu further stated while there were people at the occasion, the open arena where the rites of conferment were performed by the traditional ruler had only five people present.

According to Mr. Ekpu, there was no band and no music at the ceremony so the question of spraying money was not an issue.

He also added that the ceremony was as solemn.

CONCLUSION

The claim that the group of men in a white dress and white hat spraying dollars in the air was attending the installation of Prof EbereOnwudiwe is false.

CDD urges the media on accurate reporting and the public to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews and to #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

Newsletter for the Week Ending January 10, 2021

By Fact Check

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 league of nations with vaccine approval and distribution, the progress made in other parts of the world comes with a growing spread of misinformation around the vaccine on the continent.

One thing very important to note is that the last two weeks have ushered in headlines on two new variants of COVID-19 that are spreading fast.

According to WHO, the VOC-202012/01 variant initially detected in the United Kingdom has been detected in a small number of cases in 40 other countries while the 501Y.V2 variant was initially detected in South African in six other countries.

In this part of the world where people are finding it difficult to believe that the virus truly does exist, you also find a section of Nigerians who have refused to accept the importance of a vaccine against the dreaded virus.

For some, they believe the conspiracy that the vaccine is evil – a theory that has continued to form major aspects of small community talks or teachings by renowned religious leaders.

Also, many Nigerians believe the declarations by their religious leaders that the Coronavirus vaccine is demonic and a mark of the beast that will subsequently be used for financial transactions across countries of the world.

However, for others, the vaccine alters the genetic makeup of those who have received it – a conspiracy widely shared online – and for this reason, they believe the vaccine is unsafe for them and their loved ones. These set of people will go to any length to convince anyone who cares to listen on the “dangers of the vaccine.”

Ideologies like the ones mentioned above, CDD’s analysis shows have further increased the spread of disinformation of the new COVID-19 virus vaccine, thereby raising citizens’ fear and doubt about the efficacy of the virus.

Also, CDD has received a lot of claims that fall within the category of online scams making rounds online for verification. Below is one a fact check to counter the claim of the distribution of N30,000 N-Power grant to Nigerians.

The broadcast with an accompanying link claimed beneficiaries of the will be determined from those selected.

The link provided by the suspected scammers would also require that applicants provide details such as account number among others.

The applicants are also expected to share the link to 12 other people on WhatsApp – a pattern which CDD has noticed is used by internet fraudsters to lure mostly unemployed Nigerians to their “scheme”.

Investigations carried out by CDD fact-checkers showed the claim to be false and purely another method used by online scammers to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

Checks carried out by CDD revealed the link provided looks are fake and not from the Federal Government’s approved N-Power Programme.

Read the full report here

Another claim countered by the CDD is the report that Bayero University Kano (BUK) has cancelled its 2019/2020 academic session. The report also claimed that the university has announced a resumption for other academic activities within the institution for January 18, 2021.

The report also said that the decision to cancel the academic session was taken by the University’s Senate on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Contrary to details of the report, investigations by the CDD revealed that the 2019/2020 academic session of Bayero University has not been cancelled by the institution.

The Centre gathered that the university had announced the completion of the session which was disrupted by COVID19 pandemic.

The Director of Public Affairs for Bayero University Kano, Malam Ahmad Shehu, told our fact-checker that no session has been cancelled by the institution as widely claimed online.

Shehu said the Senate of the university, at a special meeting held on Monday, January 4, 2021, approved the completion of the 2019/2020 academic session prolonged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full report here

Other fact-checks produced by the CDD are:

Trending Image of Ministry of Long Life and Prosperity Bus in Imo is Fake

FACT-CHECK: Kano Hospital Not Shut Down Over COVID-19 Case

WhatsApp, Facebook Not Banned by Katsina State Government

FACT-CHECK: Is Buhari’s Claim on #EndSARS Protest Coverage by CNN, BBC True?

Did FG Direct Reopening of COVID-19 Isolation Centres?

Analysis and Trends of Disinformation: A Sneak Peek Into 2021

By Fact Check

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 and therefore continues in the new year. Some of the issues which have crossed with us into the new year are insecurity in Nigeria, the criminal activities of terrorists, bandits, Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention, vaccination against the virus among others.

Several claims relating to coronavirus cure, prevention and vaccines which took the centre stage in 2020 have been “carried over” to 2021.

In the last few weeks, CDD fact-checkers have spotted several claims on COVID-19 and the vaccination which were identified to be conspiracy theories.

The Centre has received close to a dozen claims which fall within our classification of vaccine disinformation or misinformation (conspiracy theories) for verification.

Some of such claims include one by a former Nigerian lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye, who warned the general public and the government against the dangers of the new COVID-19 vaccine. Melaye in a video shared widely said that the government and the minister of health will be held responsible for any side effects arising from the use of the vaccine on citizens.

Other claims are: Four volunteers who got Pfizer’s vaccine developed Bell’s palsy,  Bill Gates Admits COVID Vaccine Changes DNA, Now Doctors Rebel!, with many anti-vaccination campaigners using a report from daily mail to mislead the public; COVID vaccine should be avoided at all cost: Message from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (WhatsApp message); Former Pfizer VP: ‘No need for vaccines,’ ‘the pandemic is effectively over’ published by Life Site News, a blog promoted by conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccination campaigners.

On December 12, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) published a report in which it quoted an Irish biomedical doctor and expert in immunology warning of the adverse effects of a COVID-19 vaccine.

This coronavirus disinformation revolved around COVID-19 vaccination and vaccines. Of note is a conspiracy “COVID vaccine should be avoided at all cost”. Claimed to be a message from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.N This conspiracy claims the COVID vaccine will cause irreversible genetic damage to those who take the shot. This follows a known pattern of COVID-19 related conspiracies in the past- linking the claim to an important person in history and the lumping of unrelated themes within the same claim.

Importantly, the message claims asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 are not real cases citing Koch’s theory. Our findings show this claim is false.

Anti-Vaccination Posts On The Rise

A year before the coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) had cited vaccine hesitancy as one of the top ten threats to global health. There is strong evidence from research that exposure to online anti-vaccine content leads to real-world rejection of vaccinations.

This category of misinformation is now a major threat to global efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A report released by First Draft says much of today’s vaccine misinformation is driven by the process of “collective sensemaking,” whereby people anxiously make sense of a crisis by collectively filling in gaps in understanding, either with accurate information or false rumours, which are often far more available. This process continues as people make sense of the evolving science on the novel coronavirus.

The research identified dominant vaccine narratives on social media platforms in English, French and Spanish online communities which could erode public trust in a COVID-19 vaccine, and vaccines more generally. The research was conducted in response to the growing concern that dangerous narratives and conspiracy theories may result in increasing vaccine scepticism.

The research demonstrates the complexity of the vaccine information ecosystem, where a combination of voices and narratives have combined to create an environment of extreme uncertainty.

Findings from the research shows that two topics are driving a large proportion of the current global vaccine discourse, especially around a Covid-19 vaccine:

  1. Political and economic motives of actors and institutions involved in vaccine development
  2. The safety, efficacy and necessity concerns around vaccines.

Narratives challenging the safety of vaccines have been perennial players in the online vaccine debate. Yet the research shows that narratives related to mistrust in the intentions of institutions and key figures surrounding vaccines are now driving as much of the online conversation and vaccine scepticism as safety concerns. This issue is compounded by the complexities and vulnerabilities of this information ecosystem.

Conclusively, in the week under review, reports from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows that Nigeria has entered the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. This has also resulted in a second wave of infodemic regarding the pandemic and closely followed by vaccine conspiracy and disinformation.

Fact-checks produced by the CDD are:
 
Trending Image of Ministry of Long Life and Prosperity Bus in Imo is Fake

FACT-CHECK: Kano Hospital Not Shut Down Over COVID-19 Case

WhatsApp, Facebook Not Banned by Katsina State Government

FACT-CHECK: Is Buhari’s Claim on #EndSARS Protest Coverage by CNN, BBC True?

Did FG Direct Reopening of COVID-19 Isolation Centres?

CDD NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 20, 2020

By Fact Check

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 spiked raising fear among health experts and the general public.

On Monday, December 14, 2020, the NCDC reported that it recorded a total of 201 new cases with Kaduna, Lagos and Katsina topping the chat with 74, 53 and 40 cases respectively.

However, on Tuesday, December 15, the cases shot up to 758 new cases, 930 new cases in Wednesday, December 16,  and an all high of 1,145 new cases on Thursday, December 17.

While the number of new cases of the virus across the country seems to be on the low again after Thursday, fear among residents have continued to fuel disinformation on various platforms.

For instance, on Monday, December 14, 2020, a narrative widely shared within Kano metropolis claimed that Khalifa Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu Pediatric Hospital located along Zoo Road had been shut down over a Coronavirus (COVID-19) case.

Khalifa Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu Paediatric Hospital, which is managed by Northfield Health Services is a Consortium comprising of Minal Dambatta Nigeria Limited and its array of strategic technical partners.

An investigation by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) showed that the claim is false.

A visit to the hospital by CDD fact-checker revealed that the facility was running as many patients were at the premises  for medical consultations and other health related cases.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Hadiza Ashir, told CDD fact-checkers that the hospital is in full operation and that no case of COVID-19 was recorded at the facility as peddled by agents of fake news.

Dr. Ashir also said that the hospital management has no explanation to where the false narrative emerged from.

Another fact-check countered by the CDD is the claim that the Katsina State Government has banned the use of social media application – WhatsApp and Facebook – schools

The story  published by different media outfits  had headlines:: Katsina government bans WhatsApp in schools, prohibits Facebook amongst workers;Katsina bans WhatsApp usage in public schoolsKatsina government bans WhatsApp in schools, bars staff from commenting negatively or positively on government activities on Facebook among others.

According to the reports, students and workers in the state are the most affected.

However, fact-checks show that  the Katsina State Government had not banned the use of Facebook and WhatsApp by students and workers in the state.

The Katsina State Commissioner for Education, Professor Badamasi Lawal, in his response to CDD’s inquiry said contrary to claim, the state government only stopped the use of WhatsApp groups for staff of public schools in Katsina state.

According to Professor Lawal, the decision to stop WhatsApp groups form staffers in the Ministry of Education was informed after a disagreement and exchange of words between a teacher and the school principal over group WhatsApp message.

WhatsApp groups had been created by zonal directors of each school in the State for ease of communication among staff. But the feud between the teacher and a principal over a message posted on the WhatsApp group created necessitated the decision to block the groups.

In another claim, an image of a Toyota Hiace minibus with the inscription “Ministry of Long Life and Prosperity Imo State’’ trended on Social media on December 11, 2020.

The picture which was shared by a Twitter user with the account @RealOlaudah was also shared widely on Facebook and WhatsApp.

The photoshopped image

Checks by the CDD showed that image is fake as there is no Ministry of Long Life and Prosperity in Imo State and the inscription on the bus was photoshopped.

The real image

However, there is a Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment created by former Governor Rochas Okorocha. The ministry, however, no longer exists with the present administration under the leadership of Governor Hope Uzodinma, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Imo state on Electronic Media, Amaka Okafor, told CDD fact-checker.

Fact-checkers at the Centre using google reverse image search, traced the original image of the bus to the website of Anis Transport, a transportation services company based in Bangkok.

Other claims countered by the CDD include:

FACT-CHECK: Is Buhari’s Claim on #EndSARS Protest Coverage by CNN, BBC True?

FACT-CHECK: Did Nigerian Journalist, Kiki Mordi Tweet About Aborting Male Children?

Did FG Direct Reopening of COVID-19 Isolation Centres?

FACT-CHECK: Kano APC Chairman Has Not Been Sacked By Party

WhatsApp, Facebook Not Banned by Katsina State Government

By Fact Check

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 government bans WhatsApp in schools, prohibits Facebook amongst workers;, Katsina bans WhatsApp usage in public schools; Katsina government bans WhatsApp in schools, bars staff from commenting negatively or positively on government activities on Facebook.among others.

According to the reports, students and workers in the state are the most affected.

FACT:

Fact-checks show that  the Katsina State Government had not banned the use of Facebook and WhatsApp by students and workers in the state.

The Katsina State Commissioner for Education, Professor Badamasi Lawal, in his response to CDD’s inquiry said contrary to claim, the state government only stopped the use of WhatsApp groups for staff of public schools in Katsina state.

According to Professor Lawal, the decision to stop WhatsApp groups form staffers in the Ministry of Education was informed agter a disagreement and exchange of words between a teacher and the school principal over group WhatsApp message.

WhatsApp groups had been created by zonal directors of each school in the State for ease of communication among staff. But the feud between the teacher and a principal over a message posted on the WhataApp group created necessitated the decision to block the groups.

Lawal said: “Nobody stopped any teacher from using WhatsApp, it is that group that caused problem that was stopped and nothing else”

“The news that Katsina state government has banned its workers from using WhatsApp and Facebook is a total lie,” Lawal added.

CONCLUSION:

The claim that Katsina State Government has banned use of WhatsApp and Facebook in public schools and work places is false.

The Katsina State Commissioner for Education confirmed that teachers and staff of the state were only stopped from creating WhatsApp group after an incident which led to an altercation between a principal and a teacher of a school in the state.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.


You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica @CDDWestAfrica_H

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

CDD Disinformation Newsletter For The Week Ending November 29, 2020

By Fact Check

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 going through an economic recession and an increase in insecurity on all fronts.

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has made it part its mandate to keep the information ecosystem around West Africa safe from peddlers of falsehood. We do this through research and training of media practitioners, turning them into fact-checkers. We also counter viral misinformation and disinformation in the public domain with the aim to entrench a culture of truth and facts in public discourse.

In the last one month, Nigeria has seen an increase in terrorist activity and banditry in the northern part of the country with reports of kidnaps and attacks on communities leading to deaths and sorrow.

These incidents have led to an increase in the amount of information shared on the web and social media platforms. For instance, On Sunday, November 22, 2020, fact-checkers at the CDD spotted a claim published by Sahara Reporters that the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum’s convoy was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists.

According to the claim, the terrorists had ambushed the governor’s advance team on Saturday, November 21, at Ja’alta along Gajiram to Monguno Road.
The report also claimed that seven soldiers and members of Civilian-JTF were killed on their way to Baga in Kukawa local government area.

However, investigation Investigations carried out by fact-checkers at the CDD showed that the report that the Governor was ambushed by terrorists is false.

Denying the claim, Professor Zulum said he was not ambushed or attacked.

A statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Isa Gasau, states that neither the Governor nor his convoy was attacked as claimed by Sahara Reporters.

Gusau said, “For the record, we write to quickly clarify that contrary to a ‘breaking news’ by an online news medium, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum was neither attacked nor was any component of his convoy attacked by anyone.”

Another viral online message claims the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is allocating jobs to 50,000 Nigerian youths.

The second broadcast claimed that N10,000 would be distributed to Nigerians weekly in other to control the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country.
Also attached to each message were links for further registration by interested applicants.

Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development found these claims in the WhatsApp broadcasts messages to be an online scam.

The links provided are suspicious because when clicked on, the links further instruct any prospective applicant to share with additional nine persons. This is known as the tactic of scammers to defraud people online.

Further checks by the Centre show that this a method mostly used by online fraudsters to defraud citizens.

For the second week running, internet scams have continued to take the Centre stage of the ecosystem. This is not unconnected to the current state of the economy in the country and the high rate of unemployment. The economic crisis and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the livelihoods of people has led to desperation with many delving into all sorts to earn a living.

On WhatsApp, people unknowingly distributed these claims by online fraudsters to friends and associates for them to apply. These claims in form of broadcast/ messages falsely make the public believe that the promoters have the means of increasing the wealth of those who make payments after filling forms made available – usually through links.

These scams also come in form of job scams too.

Some of the online scams usually shared by fraudsters and countered by CDD include:

COVID-19: Widespread ‘FG’s Relief Collation Form’ is a Scam

FACT-CHECK: FG Not Giving Out N3 Million Grant To Nigerians

FACT-CHECK: Can You Invest N25k and Get N50k Instantly Using winners Pay Investment Platform?

COVID-19: No, Former President Obasanjo never sent N5,000 to all Nigerians

CDD urges citizens particularly media organizations to fact check reports, from multiple sources, before breaking the news to the public.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa


 

FACT-CHECK: Kano Government Did Not Rename France Road

By Fact Check

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 Road followed an alleged blasphemous comment made by Emmanuel Macron, the President of France.

The broadcast while commending the State Government for renaming the France Road, encouraged citizens of Kano to adhere to the new name.

FACT:

Investigations carried out by fact-checkers at CDD shows that the claim that France Road was renamed by the Kano State Government is false.

A visit to the popular France Road in Kano by the CDD shows that the there is nothing to show a change of name for the location.

France Road, Kano State

Also, reacting to the claim, the commissioner for information in Kano, Muhammad Garba, said the state government has not renamed the road.

Garba said: “There is no official statement regarding any change of name, my governor is not around but at the moment no any official statement”.

CONCLUSION:

France Road in Kano State has not been renamed by the State government over allegation of blasphemy against President Macron as widely claim in a WhatsApp broadcast. Thus, the claim is false.

CDD urges members of the public to remain vigilant and always verify all information before disseminating them.

You can also forward suspicious messages for verification at +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

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

By Fact Check

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 yanayin cewa labari ne da dumi-dumin sa sunyi ikirarin cewa daraktan ne da kansa wato Dr. Tedros ya bayyana hakanne a shafin sa na Twitter (@DrTedros).

Gaskiyar Magana:

Dr. Tedros baice ya kamu da cutar Corona ba a jawabin da ya wallafa a shafin na Twitter. Abinda Tedros din ya fada ranar Ladi, 1 ga watan Nuwanban da muke ciki shine cewa ya killace kansa bayan da yayi mu’amala da wani dake dauke da cutar ta Corona.

Zaurukan yanar gizo da yawa sun canza ma’ana ga abinda daraktan hukumar lafiya ta duniyar ya wallafa a shafin na Twitter kuma wannan jawabi da aka jirkita yana cigaba da yaduwa.

Karin abinda daraktan ya fada shine cewa bashi da alamu cutar bayan yayi mu’amala da mai dauke da ita, ga abinda ya wallafa acikin hoton a kasa (yayi bayanin ne a harshen turanci)

Ana killace kai ne idan ansamu cudanya ko mu’amala da mai dauke da cutar dan duba yiwuwar samun rashin lafiya.

Kammalawa:

Labarin da ake yadawa cewa daraktan hukumar lafiya ta duniya (WHO) ya kamu da cutar Corona karya ne!

Gaskiyar magana itace daraktan ya wallafa wani bayani a shafin sa na Twitter cewa ya killace kansa bayan yayi mu’amala da wadda ke dauke da cutar ta COVID-19 amma bawai ya kamu da cutar ba.

CDD tana jan hankalin jama’a game da yada labaran da basu da tabbacin sahihancin su. Kuna iya aikowa CDD labaran da kuke shakku akansu dan tantance muku ta hanyar WhatsApp ko gajeren sako ta wannan lamba +2349062910568 ko a shafin Twitter a: @CDDWestAfrica ko @CDDWestAfrica_H

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

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

By Fact Check

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 105,700 likes and 6,934 comments and reactions on social media that she was a victim of the Lekki #EndSARS shooting.

In some cases, the photograph when shared on social media is accompanied by short captions stating that the lady is part of the #EndSARS protesters who fell to the bullets of soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

FACT:

Investigation conducted by CDD shows that the lady in the picture is not dead and that image was not shot from the scene of the Lekki shooting.

Our checks show that the photograph was taken at a drama set in Akwa Ibom State during the 60th Anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s Independence by the Nigerian Christian Corpers’ Fellowship (NCCF).

A statement released by the NCCF on Thursday, October 22, 2020, and seen by CDD said the title of the drama is “Lord, Heal Our Nation”.

“The picture did not emanate from the Lekki Toll Gate killings,” the statement said.

Also, a Facebook user, Onyinye Francis who was part of the drama said the lady in question is safe.

CONCLUSION:

The claim that the lady wrapped in a Nigerian flag was a deceased victim of the Lekki shooting is false.

The lady is alive as the photograph in circulation is from a drama set by NCCF members in Akwa Ibom State. CDD can confirm that the photograph was taken during the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence on October 1, 2020.

The CDD urges the public to disregard the claim and always verify information they share.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

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

By Fact Check

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 Ondo Governor Election has withdrawn from the race is false. The image of a press release claimed to be from the party is false.

A statement posted on the Twitter account of the candidate and signed by Babatope Okeowo, the Chief Press Secretary to the Ajayi said the document on a ZLP letterhead did not emanate from his principal’s office nor any of his media aides.

Adding that the trending document was forged, Okeowo urged the general public to disregard the content.

CONCLUSION

The claim that the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, Hon. Agboola Ajayi has withdrawn from the election is False.

C

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

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa