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Now That Jangebe Schoolgirls Are Back, Government Must Implement Holistic Plan To Deter Further Attacks on School – CDD

By Press Release

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2021

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Released Jangebe Schoolgirls. Photo credit: The Cable

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) expresses relief on the release of 317 students of the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Jangebe in Talata Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. While we rejoice with Nigeria and the families of the students on their release, we cannot but emphasise the need for a plan to ensure that this kind of child right violation does not repeat itself.

The CDD calls on government and relevant authorities including the Ministry of Education to come together and map out workable strategies that would ensure that every child is protected in his or her quest to seek development and learning.

Efforts should also be made to ensure that all abductees in captivity are released by their abductors without succumbing to any form of amnesty or ransom. The trauma of families with children in the hands of such deadly criminals can be better imagined. CDD finds it unacceptable that Nigerian children are being subjected to the dehumanizing and traumatic experiences, which the bandits have continued to subject them. It is a slap on the face of the entire country that common criminals have turned the national space into a lawless, chaotic, and non-habitable place. It is most unfair to the long-suffering citizens of Nigeria that the Buhari government has woefully failed to stem the tide of insecurity. It is not tenable that Nigerians, especially young people seeking an education, can no longer do so in a secure, peaceful, and conducive atmosphere.

In the face of these traumatic experiences for the families of young scholars abducted by criminal gangs, CDD believes it is time for the government to adopt a holistic approach to deter further attacks. The government can no longer continue to hide its head in the sands in the hope that the wave of the kidnapping of school children will simply go away. In fact from the evidence on the ground, the bandits will become even more daring, especially as they have been getting generous financial returns from hefty sums paid to them as ransom. The government, therefore, needs to effectively perform its primary function of ensuring the security of lives and property of all Nigerians. In this regard, CDD warns that the resort to measures meant to placate and pamper the criminals responsible for these abductions will lead to further heinous crimes.

Importantly, the government should revisit and update existing school security policies such as the Safe School Initiative. Subsequently, a common national template involving the security agencies and communities should be activated to respond to the current threat of mass abductions.

Finally, CDD calls on the government at all levels to work together to provide victims of abductions with the right psycho-social support. Given the trauma many of these students have passed through, their lives are not likely to be the same again. Part of the role of the government is to find ways to soothe the trauma of all released abductees, while the families of those killed have to be properly cared for. These steps are important because the country cannot afford to breed a set of traumatized, angry and frustrated citizens who feel let down by the country. Such feelings of resent and hopelessness may alienate the victims, and transform them into threats against society, if not properly managed.

Signed

Idayat Hassan

Director

Shin Gwamnatin Tarayya Ta Bada Biliyan Dari Ga Kungiyar Miyetti Allah Da Nufin Magance Kashe-Kashe Da Garkuwa Da Mutane?

By Fact Check

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne!

Tushen Magana:

A ranar Ladi, 24 ga watan Janairun shekara ta 2021, an yada wani bidiyo a shafin Twitter wadda ya janyo cece-kuce da tofa albarkacin baki daga mutane da yawa, bidiyon yayi zargin cewa gwamnatin tarayya bada kudi har naira miliyan dubu dari ga kungiyar Fulani makiyaya ta “Miyetti Allah” dan tsayar matsalar kasha-kashe das ace-sacen mutane da ke faruwa a fadin kasar nan.

Bidiyon wanda rahoto ne da gidan talabijin na Roots TV ya gabatar, mawallafin wata mujalla da ake bugawa a harshen Turanci mai suna “Ovation Magazine” Dele Momodu ya wallafi a shafin sa na Twitter a safiyar ranar Ladin da ta gabata.

Wani mai amfani da shafin Twitter wadda ke da tarin magoya baya, Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) ya sake wallafa wannan bidiyon inda yayi masa take kamar haka: “gwamnatin Najeriya ta bada naira miliyan dubu dari ga makiyaya domin su daina aikata muggan laifuka. Naira miliyan dubu dari ga kungiyar da tayi garkuwa da mutane, ta kashe tare da tagayyara rayuwa. Lallai wannan al’amari yayi kyau”

Gaskiyar Magana:

Binciken da masu bin diddigin labarai da bayanai dan gano sahihancin su na CDD suka gabatar ya gano cewa bidiyon da Dele Momodu da Mr. Kevin suka wallafa ba bidiyo ne na kwanan nan ba. Hasalima binciken ya gano cewa tun farko gidan talabijin na “Roots TV” ne ya fara wallafi a shafin san a YouTube a ranar 14 ga watan Mayun shekara ta 2019.

Fadar shugaban kasa a lokuta daban-daban ta karyata zargin cewa ta bada naira miliyan dubu dari ga kungiyar Fulani makiyaya dan tsayar da matsalar garkuwa da mutane dake faruwa a kasar nan. Wannan ba shine karon farko da ake yada wannan bidiyo da wannan zargi ba.

A ranar 10 ga watan Mayun shekara ta 2019, an yada irin wannan jita-jita da zargi a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani dama saura kafafen yada labarai da aka sani, wannan al’amari ya janyo a wancan lokaci gwamnatin tarayya ta hannun mai Magana da yawun shugaban kasa Malam Garba Shehu yayi bayani a gidan talabijin na Channels ranar 10 ga Mayu, 2019 inda ya karyata batu.

Shima da yake amsa tambayoyin manema labarai game da batun a watan Mayun shekara ta 2019, babban sipetan yan sanda na kasa, Mohammed Adamuyace gwamnatin tarayya bata baiwa makiyaya ko kungiyar su naira miliyan dubu dari ba. Rahaton da “Roots TV” wanda shine gidan talabijin din da ya wallafa labarin tun farko ya janyo cece-kucen za’a iya samun sa a dandalin YouTube

A martanin da ta mayar, kungiyar “Miyetti Allah” tace hakika ta neman gwamnatin tarayya ta bata naira miliyan dubu dari a shekarun baya amma ba a karkashin wannan gwamnati mai ci yanzu ta Shugaba Muhammadu Buhari ba.

Sakataren kungiyar “Miyetti Allah”, Saleh Alhassan ya gayawa jaridar Punch a watan Mayun shekara ta 2019 cewa naira miliyan dubu dari din da kungiyar tasu ta nema ba wai da kowace manufa bane face dan ginawa makiyaya wuraren kiwo dan saukaka musu al’amuran su na kiwo.

Alhassan yace: “lallai wannan zargi na biyan naira biliyan dari ga kungiyar makiyaya mummunan zargi ne. Shin dama gwamnati na bada haka sakaka? Sun taba biyan kudi kamar haka. Ai maganar neman wannan kudi ta naira miliyan dubu dari ta kasance a teburin tsohon Shugaban Kasa Goodluck Jonathan tun shekara ta 2014 a lokacin da yake neman warware rikicin makiyaya da manoma”.

Saleh ya kara da cewa wani bangare na wadaddan kudade gwamnanin jihohi sunyi amfani dashi a karkashin kwamitin da tsohon gwamnan jahar Benue Gabriel Suswam ya jagoranta, “ko a haka ma bana jin kaso mai yawa na kudin ya kai ga makiyaya”

Dalilan da suka janyo aka sake dawo da bidiyon a wannan lokaci

Yanzu ana ci gaba da cacar baka ta hanyar kafafen yada labarai tsakanin gwamnatin tarayya da gwamnan jahar Ondo wanda ya bada wa’adin kwanaki bakwai ga Fulani su bar jahar ta Ondo. Gwamnan Ondo ya bada wa’adin kwanaki bakwai din ne ga Fulani subar wuraren kiwo da ke dazukan jahar Ondon dan magance matsalar garkuwa da mutane da tayi kamari da kuma ake zargin Fulanin da aikatawa kuma suna buya a cikin dazukan.

Yadda Maganar Miliyan Dubu Dari ta Samo Asali

A shekara ta 2014, gwamnatin tarayya karkashin tsohon Shugaba Goodluck Jonathan ta kafa wani kwamiti akan wuraren kiwo a karkashin shugabancin tsohon gwamnan jahar Benue Gabriel Suswam.

Kwamitin ya bada shawarar cewa babban bankin kasa na CBN ya samar da wasu kudade dan taimakawa wajen kirkirar kananan wuraren kiwo na zamani a duk fadin kasa baki daya.

Suswam a lokaci da yake yiwa yan jaridar fadar shugaban kasa bayani a ranar 26 ga watan Oktoban shekara ta 2014 bayan kammala zaman majalisar zartarwa ta kasa ya bayyana shirin gwamnatin tarayyar.

Haka nan, a watan Satumban shekara ta 2019, gwamnati mai ci ta Shugaba Muhammadu Buhari ta kara karkade shirin tsohuwar gwamnatin lokacin da rikici tsakanin manoma da makiyaya yayi kamari a arewa ta tsakiya, wannan ya zo ne a lokacin gwamnatin ta karbi tsari na kyautata kiwo na kasa. Wannan shiri na gwamantin tarayya Gwamnan Ebonyi ne, David Umahi ya sanar shi ne ya sanar dashi jim kadan da kamala taron kasa akan tattalin arzikin kasa wanda ya gudana a Abuja.

A cewar Umahi a karkashin tsarin, gwamnatin tarayya za ta samar naira miliyan dubu dari wanda shine kaso 80  yayin da gwamnaotcin jahohi za su bada wurare ko kasa  da yanayi dama sauran kaso 20 dan aiwatar  tsarin da ake yiwa lakabi da “Ruga”.

Wannan shiri na gwamnatin tarayya ya gamu da tazgaro inda ya fuskanci mummunar tsana da kiyayya daga yan Najeriya a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani, wannan ya janyo daga baya gwamnatin ta dakatar da shirin.

Kammalawa:

Wani bidiyo da ake wallafawa tare da yadawa a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani inda ake zargin cewa gwamnatin tarayya ta bada naira miliyan dubu dari ga kungiyar makiyaya ta “Miyetti Allah” bidiyo na karya haka nan yana cike da rudani. Binciken CDD ya gano cewa bidiyon an dauke shi ne shekaru biyu da suka gabata, wannan kuma ya saba da ikirarin da masu wallafawa da yada shi ke yi cewa sabon bidyo ne.

CDD na jan hankalin jama’a da su rika tantance sahihancin labarai kafin yada su ga sauran mutane a kowane lokaci.

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Did the FG Offer N100 billion to Miyetti Allah to stop Killings and Kidnapping?

By Uncategorized

VERDICT: FALSE

CLAIM:

On Sunday, 24 January 2021, a trending video on Twitter claimed that the Nigerian Government has offered the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) – an association of Fulani herdsmen –  N100 billion to stop the killings and kidnappings between herders and farmers in the country.

The video, a report by Roots TV, was first shared by the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu, on his Twitter page early Sunday morning.

The video was later reshared by a popular Twitter influencer, Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) with the caption: ‘’The Nigerian Government is offering herdsmen N100 Billion so they can stop kidnapping and other criminal activities. N100 Billion Naira to a group that has kidnapped, killed and destroyed Livelihoods. Incredible’’

FACT:

Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) can verify that the trending video posted by Mr. Kelvin and Dele Momodu is not recent. Our fact-checkers traced the video to Roots TV Nigeria’s YouTube Channel and found out that it was posted on May 14, 2019.

Also, the Presidency in various instances has debunked the claim that it offered the sum of N100 billion to MACBAN to bring an end to the kidnapping in the country as this is not the first time this claim will trend in the media in Nigeria.

On May 10, 2019, the exact claim went viral across social media and the mainstream media necessitating the Federal Government to debunk the news. The Special Adviser to the President on Media, Garba Shehu, during an interview with Channels Television on May 10, 2019, also debunked the claim.

In an interview with reporters in May 2019, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu said N100 billion was never paid to herdsmen or the association by the Federal Government. A report filed by Roots TV, the same media house whose original video is trending now can be found on YouTube.

In its reaction to the claim, the cattle breeders association had said that it indeed demanded N100 billion from the FG some years ago but not from the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

MACBAN’s national secretary, Saleh Alhassan told Punch in May 2019 that the money demanded by his association at that time was not for amnesty but for the construction of ranches to ease their members’ businesses.

 “That is a mischievous statement (the claim). Do they pay money like that? Have they ever paid any money like that? That N100bn has been on the table for mini-ranches since 2014 when (former) President Goodluck Jonathan was trying to address the lingering crisis between farmers and herders.’’

Mr. Saleh went further to say the part of that money was used by state governors under the committee chaired by the then Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam. ‘’But I don’t think the bulk of the money has reached the pastoralists, the herders.’’

Why the video resurfaced

There is an ongoing media confrontation between the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and the Federal Government of Nigeria over a 7-day quit notice issued by the Governor to unlicensed herders. The Governor had asked the herders to vacate forest reserves in the state to curb the spate of kidnappings in Ondo State, allegedly committed by criminals hiding in the forest.

Tracing the root of the N100 Billion

In 2014, the Federal Government under former President Goodluck Jonathan set up a Committee on Grazing Reserves under the Chairmanship of the former Governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam.

The committee went on to recommend that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) provide N100 billion seed funds to assist states in establishing mini modern ranches across the federation.

Suswam, while briefing State House correspondents on October 26, 2014, after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, disclosed the plan by FG.

Also, in September 2019, the current Government under President Muhammadu Buhari resuscitated that plan at the height of the farmer/herder conflict across the Middlebelt area of Nigeria after it adopted National Livestock Transformation Plan. The Government said the plan was not targeted at only cattle but the entire animal husbandry sector in the country. The plan was disclosed by the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, at the end of the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja.

Umahi said that under the plan, N100 billion will be spent with the federal government contributing 80 percent in grant, while states will contribute land, project implementation structure, personnel, and 20 percent cost of the project.

However, following the announcement, Nigerians on social media tagged the plan ‘RUGA Settlement plan’ leading to many citizens kicking against it and prompting the government to suspend its implementation.

CONCLUSION

The trending video with the claim the Federal Government offered N100 billion to Miyetti Allah to stop Killings and Kidnapping in the country is false and misleading.

The video is an old video from two years ago.

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

Shin Gwamnatin Tarayya Na Raba Tallafin N10,500 Duk Sati Ga Yan Najeriya?

By Fact Check

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne!

Tushen Magana:

A ranar Laraba, 20 ga watan Janairun shekara ta 2021, masu bin diddigin labarai da bayanan da ake dan tantance sahihancin su na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sunyi kichibis da wani sako da aka kirkira kuma ake yada shit a manhajar WhatsApp. Sakon nan cewa gwamnatin tarayya na bada tallafin naira dubu goma da dari biyar (N10,500) a matsayin tallafi ga yan Najeriya a kowane mako .

Sakon wanda aka yima sa lakabin: “tallafin rage radadin cutar Korona a zango cutar na biyu”,  ya bukaci jama’a da su nemi tallafin wanda a cewar sakon cika fom neman baya daukar lokaci mai tsawo.

Wannan adireshi na yanar gizo da ke neman wanda ke da sha’awar tallafin su nema yace hadakar kungiyoyiin sakai masu zaman kansu da ke bada tallafi wajen yakar cutar Korona (CA-COVID) ne ka bada tallafin. A shafin an wallafi sakonnin bogi na wassu mutane da aka bayyana su a matsayin wadan da sukaci gajiyar tallafin suna tofa albarkacin bakin su.

Gaskiyar Magana:

Binciken da CDD ta aiwatar ya gano cewa babu wani tsarin tallafi da gwamnatin tarayya ke bayarwa na N10,500 ga yan Najeriya duk sati. Binciken har wayau ya bankado cewa yan danfara ne suka kirkiri adireshin yanar gizo tare da kirkiran sakon dan yaudaran jama’a.

Hotunan da za’a gani a shafin yayin da mutum ya ziyarci ce shi sun hada wadannan da za’a iya gani a sama, kuma binciken da CDD ta gudanar wadda ya shafi nazarin hotunan ta hanyar fasaha ya gano cewa an dauke su ne yayin raba kudaden tallafin Korona a yankin Kwale dake gundumar babban birnin tarayya Abuja a watan Afirilun shekara ta 2020.

Karin binciken da CDD din ta gudanar wadda ya hada ziyartan shafukan sada zumunta na hadakar kungiyoyi da masa’antu masu zaman kansu da ke taimakawa yunkurin gwamnati na yakar cutar Korona ya cewa hadakar bata da wani shiri na bada tallafin N10,500 ga yan Najeriya.

Kammalawa:

Wani sako da ake yadawa cewa gwamnatin tarayya na bada tallafin N10,500 ga yan Najeriya duk sati karya ne. Sakon wani tarko ne da yan damfara suka tsara dan cutar jama’a, dan haka CDD na jan hankali mutane da su gujewa amincewa ko yada sakon.

Kuna iya aikowa CDD labarai ko sakonnin da kuke da shakku a kansu dan tantance muku ta wannan lamba: +2349062910568 ko ta shafin Twitter: @CDDWestAfrica/@CDDWestAfrica_H

CDD na jan hankalin jama’a da su rika tantance sahihancin labarai kafin yada su ga sauran mutane a kowane lokaci.

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Is FG Disbursing N10,500 Weekly Grant?

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast claiming that the Federal Government is disbursing N10,500 as a weekly grant to Nigerians.

The broadcast  titled “covid19 second wave support fund program” claimed that applying for the grant only takes a few minutes.

The message read: “Dont miss this Federal Government N10,500 weekly grant. It takes few seconds to apply. Dont miss this great opportunity”.

Also attached to the broadcast is a link that can be used by interested applicants. A click on the link shows that the grants is allegedly sponsored by the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CA-COVID). It also showed ratings from “previous successful applicants” referred to as testifiers.

FACT:

Investigations carried out by the CDD revealed that the claim is false. Checks by CDD show that the link provided was created by fraudsters to scam their victims.

The link which provided a three-step registration process for interested applicants also provided an analysis of the number of those who have applied for the grant so far.

Investigations carried out using technology-based tools showed the picture is old and was taken during the disbursement of COVID-19 lockdown relief funds to residents of Kwali Area Council, Federal Capital Territory in April 2020.

A  rating and comment section for earlier applicants who were referred to as testifiers showcased how it works – a method CDD has discovered fraudsters use to lure unsuspecting Nigerians.

Moreover, checks proved that, as claimed by the link, it is not affiliated or provided by the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CA-COVID).

A check on the social media platforms and website of CA-COVID also proved that the grant was not initiated by the coalition.

CONCLUSION:

The claim that the Federal Government is disbursing N10,500 weekly to Nigerians is false. This is a scam pattern used by internet fraudsters to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

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

Ayi Hankali Da Shafin Yanar Gizon Bogi Da Ake Yadawa Game Da Tallafin N500,000 Na CBN

By Fact Check

Tushen Magana:

A ranar Laraba, 13 ga watan Janairun shekara ta 2021, masu bin diddigin sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wani sakon da aka wallafa kuma ake yadawa a manhajar WhatsApp, sakon na ikirarin cewa gwamnatin tarayya bisa hadin gwiwar babban bankin kasa na CBN zasu fara bada tallafin naira dubu dari biyar (N500,000) ga dukkan matasan Najeriya.

Sakon har wayau ya ce an ware kudaden dan baiwa matasan Najeriya wannan tallafin ta hanyar wani tsari na tallafawa matasa dan gudanar da sana’o’i kuma wadan da suke bukatar samun tallafin sais u ziyarci wannan adireshi na yanar gizo: https://bit.ly/CBN–Youth-Grant da cika fom din neman tallafin. A cewar sakon za’a rufe neman samun tallafin a ranar 15 ga watan Janairun shekara ta 2021.

Gaskiyar Magana

Binciken da CDD ta gano cewa babu wani tsari na bada tallafin N500,000 ga dukkan matasan Najeriya da gwamnatin tarayya ko babban bankin kasa ya shirya. Adireshin yanar gizon da ake yadawa na bogi.

CDD ta gano cewa wassu mazanbata ne suka kwaikwayi shirin gwamnatin tarayya wanda ma’aikatar matasa da bunkasa wasanni na samar da aikin yi da sana’o’i ga matasa ta hanyar kirkirar guraben aiyuka rabin miliyan (500,000) tsakanin shekara ta 2020 da 2023.

Adireshin yanar gizo na gaske da gwamnatin tarayya ke gudanar da tsarin samar da ayyukan yi da tallafin sana’o’i shine: FMYSD, haka nan adireshin babban bankin kasa shine: CBN.

Karin binciken da CDD ta aiawatar ya gano cewa yan danfara suna anfani da ire-iren wadannan salo dan zanbatan mutane. Sau da yawa yan danfarar sukan bukaci mutane da su gaya wassu mutanen game da irin wannan tallafin, sukan yi hakan ne da samun mutane da zasu yi rijista kuma su bada bayanan su wadan da da sune za’a anfani wajen zanbatan su.

Da CDD ta tuntube ta, mai taikamawa ministan matasa da bunkasa wasanni, Areola Oluwakemi ta bayyana cewa sakon WhatsApp din aka yadawa sako ne na bogi.

Oluwakemi ta bukaci yan Najeriya da su ziyarci shafin ma’aikatar matasa da wassanin dan samun gamsassun bayanai: https://youthandsport.gov.ng/

Ta kara da cewa: “mutane su rika ziyartan amintaccen shafi tare da bin ka’idojin da aka samar da kaucewa fadawa hannun yan danfara”

Kammalawa:

Wani adireshin yanar gizo da ake yadawa ta manhajar WhatsApp da ke cewa gwamnatin tarayya da babban bankin kasa CBN na bada tallafin N500,000 ga matasan Najeriya adireshi ne na bogi dan haka jama’a a kula!

Domin samun gamsashshen bayani game da tsarin tallafin ma’aikatar matasa da wasannin zaku iya ziyartan wannan sahihin shafi:  Ministry of Youth and Sport Development dama na babban bankin kasa CBN website.

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

Kuna iya aikowa CDD labaran da kuke da shakku da akansu dan tantance muku su ta hanyar wannan lambar: +2349062910568 ko a shafin Twitter: @CDDWestAfrica/@CDDWestAfrica_H

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Beware Of Viral Fake N-Power Grant Website Link

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a broadcast claiming the distribution of N30,000 N-Power grant to Nigerians.

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

FACT:

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 is fake and not from the Federal Government’s approved N-Power Programme

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 unemployment Nigerians to their “scheme”.

According to details on the application form, applicants can only access their approved funds after the link have been sent to the 12 people.

Also, although effort to get an official statement from N-Power management, CDD’s check on the platforms used by the initiative showed no link for a grant application have been shared by the government.

CONCLUSION:

The claim on N-power free N30,000 grant to beneficiaries is false and another fraudulent method by online scammers to defraud people. The CDD has produced several fact-checks  which various online scams that fraudsters have adopted to lure people into providing their personal information.

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: CBN, FG Not Allocating Grants worth N650,000 To Nigerians

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Tuesday December 1, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted two different WhatsApp broadcast claiming that the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are distributing N650,000 and N250,000 as grant to citizens of the country.

The first message said FG had ordered the payment of N650,000 to Nigerians above 18-years-old. The message also directed interested applicants to do an eligibility test by visiting a page which its link is attached.

On the second message, all Nigerians were urged to apply for an FG approved CBN grant – at N250,000 for each applicant.

The message said the FG’s grant earmarked for youth empowerment is available to every Nigerian starting from December 1, 2020. A link was also made available for further information.

FACT:

Investigations carried out by fact-checkers at the CDD shows that the WhatsApp message is fake and an online scam adopted by fraudsters to defraud people and have access to their personal details.

Further review of the links on the messages shows that upon registration, applicants are asked to provide their personal details and required to share the same message received on WhatsApp before he/she continues to the next stage.

Also, below the form provided there are comments from applicants  claiming to have tried out the process – an obvious means of luring unsuspecting Nigerians with some words.

Also, upon registration for the FG/CBN grant, details such as name, reasons for grant request were asked and applicants during the registration process are asked to share the message on WhatsApp to either 15 more people or groups before proceeding to the final stage of registration.

A visit to the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) shows that the only grant available is the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund, an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sport Development in partnership with  Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing system for Agricultural Lending (NISRAL) Microfinance Bank.

CONCLUSION:

The messages on WhatsApp which claim that N250,000 and N650,000 have been earmarked for Nigerian youths as grants for empowerment is false. This is a method used by online fraudsters to scam people online.

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

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FACT-CHECK: Is FG Allocating Money To Nigerian Youths?

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Friday, November 27, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted two WhatsApp broadcast claiming that 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:

Investigations carried out by fact-checkers at the CDD show that the broadcast messages are 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.

CONCLUSION:

The claim that the Federal Government is giving out N10,000 each to Nigerian youths and NDE approving to employ 50,000 Nigerians is false.

The approach is a method adopted by scammers to get personal information from the public and defraud unsuspecting applicants.

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: FG Not Giving Out N3 Million Grant To Nigerians

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Tuesday October 27, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp message shared across many groups.

The message claimed that the Federal Government is giving out N3 million in grant to interested Nigerians.

According to the message, interested Nigerians are expected to click on the link provided for further details and registration.

The message read in parts: “Don’t miss the Federal Government’s 3 million grants. It takes few seconds to apply. Don’t miss this great opportunity apply here”.

FACT:

Investigations carried out by fact checkers at the CDD show that the claim is false and an internet scam by fraudsters. Fraudsters normally use this method to lure unsuspecting Nigerians to apply for such offers and end up duping them.

Further verifications by CDD show that the information provided is very suspicious; upon registration, interested participants are required to share the same link with others in order to complete the registration process.

The Centre also found out that the website is not genuine or owned by any of the government agencies like that of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Micro or Agro loan.

Furthermore, an analysis on the link and website shows that not a single credible information is on the page.

Also, in the past, the CDD had fact-checked several internet scam attempts by fraudsters who leverage on the naivety of many Nigerians to  defraud them.

On April 21, 2020, CDD fact-checked a claim from a WhatsApp broadcast containing a link to a Google form with the title ‘Relief Disbursement Collation Form’ for verification by members of the public.

The Google form requested that interested applicants fill their personal details including their residential address and bank account numbers in expectation of relief fund from the FG. The claim for relief disbursement was found to be false.

Also, on June 14, 2020, CDD fact-check another WhatsApp message claiming that the Federal Government has approved N30,000 as a palliative for every Nigerian.

The claim, also found to be false said the fund will serve as relief for the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country.

CONCLUSION:

The WhatsApp broadcast claiming that Federal Government is giving N3 million as grant to Nigerians who apply is false and misleading.

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

Violent reprisal of Peaceful Protests Constitute Dangerous Assault on Citizens’ Constitutional Rights

By Uncategorized

Released 18 October 2020

In the last two weeks, the streets of Nigeria have been convulsing with protests and agitations. The clarion call as reflected in the multitude of young Nigerian voices is for an end to police brutality and all related abuses, which unaccountable policing has left in its wake. For the avoidance of doubt, these protests are legitimate, and young people who ignited the movement have a right to express their grievances using the weapon of protest.

While #EndSARS is focused on the immediate concern of a brutish policing system, the protesters are also inherently voicing their anger against a governance system, which has failed to reckon with them. #EndSARS is, therefore, an affirmation of citizen’s readiness to resist bad governance in all its ramifications beginning with inadequate government response over the prolonged trend of police brutality. The accumulated anger of citizens over decades of failure in the delivery of basic social services, endemic corruption, and impunity of political office holders has precipitated distrust of, and lack of confidence in the state and its institutions. These frustrations are visible in the pent-up anger, which has been boiling over in mass street protests in cities across the country.

Collectively, we affirm the validity of the protests, and the grievances driving the organization and mobilization of popular anger. Police brutality in particular, and the brutality of security, armed forces, and law enforcement agents towards citizens, in general, is a fact and a reality that cannot be contradicted. In this respect, we strongly condemn the thinly veiled threat issued by the Military High Command, wherein the unacceptable move is being made to crush the peaceful protests. Such a threat is ill-conceived in the face of legitimate citizens’ protest and a threat to constitutionally guaranteed rights. We call on the military to immediately withdraw its ill-advised attempt to undermine the constitutional freedom of citizens to voice their displeasure about the state of the country.

We reject in its entirety the move to draft in the military to quell the protests, even where there has been no violent conduct on the part of protesters.  The Military should remain in their barracks and at their duty posts, defending the territorial integrity of the country, and not deployed in a dangerous anti-people and anti-democratic operation to crush a people who are exercising their right to freedom of association, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly. It is important we state here that the commencement of the Exercise Crocodile Smile VI is ill timed and will exacerbate the distrust of citizens.

It is important to let the Nigerian authorities know that the entire world is watching its response to the legitimate demands of the youth. The world is watching the state-sponsored assault on the freedom of expression, and association of Nigerians in the forms of illegal bans on a protest by the governor of Rivers State [CO1] and the authorities in the Federal Capital Territory. These bans are patently unlawful and constitute an ominous prelude to what we suspect would be a harsh clampdown on citizens.

The ongoing protests to end police brutality and compel sorely needed reform of the police and policing, is thus a legitimate movement, raising legitimate concerns, making legitimate demands, and as such because the movement is exercising universally recognized and constitutionally guaranteed rights, the movement must be protected, and not repressed.

We must reiterate here that the practice of dehumanizing citizens and stripping them of their dignity, which has become endemic in the security and defence sectors, is a manifestation of the institutional decay and systemic crisis of governance. This is a measure of the failure of political leadership by Nigeria’s ruling class. This is why what is expected of any responsible government, political leadership, and ruling class, is to step back and reflect and to undertake a radical overhaul and comprehensive root and branch reforms of the security and law enforcement agencies, as well as of the armed forces.

So far, we can confirm at least 13 persons have been extra judicially killed  in the course of the peaceful protest (Oyo – 4; Edo – 2; Ondo – 1; Osun – 2; and Lagos – 4). In addition is the attack on peaceful assembly in 8 states (Oyo, Lagos, Edo, Plateau, Anambra, FCT, Kano and Osun).  

We join the youths of Nigeria to demand:

  • Accountability for previous, current, and ongoing acts of the brutalization of citizens from the government and its agencies. Offending officers must be identified, investigated, prosecuted, and punished.

  •   That a mechanism is put in place to identify all previous and current victims of police brutality, to ensure that they get justice, including compensations.

  •    That all those arrested during the ongoing protest be released unconditionally.

  •      That the President constitutes and summons an emergency and inaugural meeting of the Nigeria Police Council [NPC] provided for in the 1999 CFRN [as amended], in section 216, and whose composition and functions were clearly stated in Part III [Supplemental and interpretation], sections 27 & 28 of the same constitution.

  • That the government moves beyond cosmetic approaches in responding to the yearnings of protesting citizens. Building confidence would involve moving speedily to implement key first steps, including the expeditious public trial of police officers who have been accused with evidence and are found to have perpetrated crimes, including extra-judicial killings, against the Nigerian people.

  •    That an independent and multi-stakeholder committee, including the acknowledged representatives of the protesting youths among others, be constituted to oversee the implementation, and undertake monitoring and assessment of the implementation of the Police Act 2020 as the basis for undertaking the institutional and systemic reforms that are urgently needed.

Finally, as we reject the repression of ongoing protests, we commend millions of Nigerian youths who have defied the odds to make their voices heard. This is just the beginning as we stand with the youths of Nigeria who have taken leadership to demand accountability and a better Nigeria. The struggle has just begun, and the people of this country must brace up to take their destinies into their hands.

Signed:

1. Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa)

2. Enough is Enough (EIE)

3. Partners for Electoral Reform

4. Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)

5.Centre for Information, Technology and Development (CITAD)

6. Yiaga Africa

7. Global Rights

8. Project Alert

9. Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)

10. Paradigm Initiative

11. Rule of Law and Accountability Centre (RULAAC)

12. HEDA Resource Centre

13. African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)

14. Community Life Project (CLP)

15. protest to Power

16. Social Action

17. Take Back Nigeria Movement (TBN)

18. Right to Know

19. Lawyers Alert

20. Private and Public Development Centre

21. South Saharan Social Development Organisation

22. Partners West Africa- Nigeria

23. Centre LSD

24. Connected Development (CODE)

25. Stakeholders Development Network (SDN)

26. BUDGiT

27. CWCW Africa

28. Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centrer in Africa (PAACA)

29. Invictus Africa

30. Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA)

Escalating Violence in Northern Nigeria

By Uncategorized

Nigeria has long faced varied security challenges that continue to threaten its peace and security.

These challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and
resulted in deepening existing structural inequalities. The nation continues to be a potent ground for the perpetration of various acts of violence. From ethnic conflicts to religious conflicts and terrorist attacks, it seems to be a never-ending trend.

Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria, increasing banditry violence in the northwest and continuous farmer-herder conflict in the middle belt have all led to an on-going crisis.

The constant violent confrontation in these parts of the country left scores of innocent people dead, and many more displaced.

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West Africa Speed Notes on Security

By Publication, Publications

Recently in Burkina Faso, the government reported an attack on a cattle market in eastern Burkina Faso by some unidentified gunmen during which about 20 people were killed. Similarly, about 25 people were also killed in an attack on another cattle market in the eastern village of Kompienga in May. These incessant killings raised ethnic and religious tensions in the country.
In the same vein, the murder of 8 people by armed men on motorcycles in the region of Kouré, East of Niamey, capital of Niger has been reported.

As revealed by Agence France-Presse, six were French nationals and confirmed staff members of ACTED a French humanitarian non-governmental organization; while two were Nigeriens, a driver and Khadri – a local guide and the president of the Kouré Giraffe Guides Association.

According to a humanitarian aid worker, they were not tourists but rather expatriates who had gone to explore the region for the day in a vehicle
of the organization, one of the few authorized trips outside the capital.

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FACT CHECK: FG Did Not Order Resumption of All Secondary Schools

By Fact Check, UncategorizedNo Comments

VERDICT: Misleading

CLAIM: On Monday, July 27, 2020, several blogs and online platforms published claims that the Federal Government had ordered all secondary school students to resume on August 4, 2020.

The reports mostly with the headline: “BREAKING: FG orders secondary schools students to resume August 4’’claimed that the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Education gave the directive for the resumption of schools.

FACT: 

The Federal Ministry of Education did not direct the reopening of all secondary schools in the country. 

The only directive given by the FG was for the resumption of examination classes – Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3.

While the headlines say secondary schools to mean all students, a later part of the report acknowledged the fact that, ‘’Only students in exit classes are expected to resume, so that they can participate in the West African Examination (WAEC) exercise scheduled to begin on August 17, 2020.’’

Also, the statement announcing the resumption directive posted on the Ministry of Education’s Twitter page was captioned, ‘’ATTENTION: EXIT CLASSES TO REOPEN AUGUST 4TH, 2020. Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from the 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only.’’

CONCLUSION

The headline that all secondary school students have been directed by the FG to resume classes is misleading.

Only students in exit classes are expected to resume, to enable them to participate in the West African Examination (WAEC) exercise scheduled to begin on August 17, 2020.

Do not be quick to believe or even share news reports, especially when they come from gossip blogs and the pages of social media influencers and news pedlers.

CDD urges members of the public to 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 

FACT CHECK: Did the FG Agree to Pay Private School Teacher’s Salary owed During the Lockdown?

By Fact Check, UncategorizedNo Comments

VERDICT: True

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, several online platforms reported that the Federal Government of Nigeria had agreed to pay salaries of private school teachers owed during the lockdown. 

The report credited to a statement by the President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Yomi Otubela, who had said that only private schools registered under its association would benefit from the FG’s bailout.

According to the report, the proposal has been sent to the Economic Sustainability Committee headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and approved by the Federal Executive Council.

FACT: 

Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) contacted the office of the Vice President to verify the information. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant-Media and Publicity to Professor Osinbajo confirmed the report.

Akande said private schools and other qualified Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMES) would benefit from the payroll support after some criteria have been spelt out.

He said: “The FG will receive staff information from the benefiting MSMES and money sent directly to the affected staff.’’ 

In addition, the Vice President while speaking at the 2020 edition of the Micro Small And Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) awards said private schools will benefit from the government’s stimulus package.

Professor Osinbajo said the stimulus package would cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the schools.

“In that plan which essentially envisages an overall N2.3 trillion stimulus package, we made extensive provision for financial support to MSMEs, ranging from a guaranteed off-take scheme to a survival fund that includes a payroll support programme for qualifying businesses,”  Professor Osinbajo said.

He said guaranteed off-take scheme seeks to provide support for MSMEs, manufacturing local products by guaranteeing the purchase from them of qualifying products such as face masks, hand sanitizer, PPE for medical workers.

He also said the products will be distributed to Nigerians, Nigerian institutions and entities that would require them.

“The survival fund will help provide payroll support to MSMEs with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 50 staff. The MSMEs that qualify for these will make available their payroll for verification by the government,’ he added.

CONCLUSION

The claim that the Federal Government has agreed to pay the salaries of private school teacher’s owed by the schools during the lockdown is true.

However, we cannot confirm at this moment the requirements such as membership of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS).

CDD, therefore, urges members of the public to 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 

Are N-agro Applicants Scheduled to Take 15mins E-Test Via an Email Link?

By Fact Check, UncategorizedNo Comments

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development spotted a WhatsApp broadcast informing applicants for the N-Power Agro of an upcoming 15 minutes e-test.

According to the message, a link to the test has been sent via email to all successful candidates for the programme.

The message also encouraged all applicants who registered for the N-Power Agro to check their emails for details and link.

The message read in part: “Please kindly inform those who applied for N-Agro for the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development via N-Power to check their mail immediately.”

“A message requesting them to write a 15 mins test has been sent. Please help circulate this information to save a volunteer,” it added.

FACT:

An investigation by fact-checkers at the CDD revealed that the purported claim is false.

Check on N-Power platforms and websites also showed that at no point was such directive or announcement made by the Federal Government.

Also, a short statement released on July 7, 2020, by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management on the N-Power social media platforms proved that the message did not emanate from the FG.

To further respond to the claim, N-Power said: “Disregard any information that did not originate from our verified channels. Any information making rounds about an assessment schedule should not be considered FAKE NEWS”.

CONCLUSION:

The claim that there is a scheduled e-test for N-Power Agro applicants is false.

According to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, the general public should disregard such rumour and only consider information from its verified channels.

CDD, therefore, urges members of the public to 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