Top CDD Fact-Checks For The Week Ending October 31, 2020

In the past week, false narratives across the ecosystem continued to revolve around incidents during the #EndSARS protest and Nigerian politics.

Some of the narratives include the claim that the Nigerian Government is giving out N3 million as a means to alleviate poverty among youths in the country. This claim was found to be false and detected as a tactics used by internet fraudsters to scam unsuspecting Nigerians.

Claims reviewed and countered by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) include:

Sheikh Abdallah Kaya Never Nominated Governor Zulum for 2023 Presidential Ticket

On Tuesday, October 23, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending report claiming that an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dr. Abdallah Usman Gadon Kaya, had nominated the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, as a viable presidential candidate for 2023.

The story published numerous platforms – Muryar YanciRariya and Katsina Online – and broadcast by online television Dokin Karfe TV  said that the cleric had described Professor Zulum as the qualified candidate for presidency in the 2023 general election.

A check by fact-checkers at the CDD showed that Sheikh Kaya never declared the Borno State Governor as the qualified candidate for the 2023 Presidential election.

When contacted, Sheikh Kaya told CDD that he has received reports of the story and it is nothing but selfish work of social media champions.

Read full report here

Has Kano 2019 PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Left Kwankwasiyya Group?

A widely shared WhatsApp broadcast claimed that 2019 Kano State governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, Kabir Yusuf, has defected from the Kwankwasisyya group led by former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.

The WhatsApp broadcast claimed that Kabir’s decision to leave Kwankwasiyya followed insinuations that he will not be considered for another ticket to run for the Kano State governorship seat in 2023.

It also added that the Kwankwasiyya leader, Senator Kwankwaso, will give the 2023 ticket to former executive secretary of TETFund, Abdullahi Bichi.

CDD’s fact-check proved that the claim by the broadcast is false. Fact-checkers as the Centre’s investigation revealed that Kabir is still a member of the Kano political group.

Also, the spokesperson to the aspirant, Sunusi Bature, describing the claim as false told CDD that his principal is still with Kwankwasiyya.

Read full report here

FG Not Giving Out N3 Million Grant To Nigerians

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 and 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”.

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.

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

Read full report here

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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