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On Saturday, May 2, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a video showing a throng at a funeral alleged to be that of the late Emir of Rano, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar II, in Kano.

In the video seen majorly on Twitter and WhatsApp showed a crowd of people chanting some slogans, disregarding the guidelines for preventive measures against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus purveyors of this false news exploit the ongoing news about incessant death in Kano State to disinform people.


Investigations by CDD fact-checkers revealed that the video is from the funeral of a cleric, Mallam Goni Kolo, who died on the same day as the Emir.

While Kolo’s funeral took place in Mafoni ward Maiduguri, Borno State, the Emir was buried in Kano.

Further checks by the Centre showed that the people in the video spoke Kanuri, a native language of the Maiduguri people.

It uis uncommon to hear people speak Kanuri in Rano, a Local Government Area of Hausa-Fulani community of Kano state.


The video being shared as clips from the funeral of Emir of Rano who died on Saturday, May 2, 2020, is fake. The CDD urges the public to disregard the announcement.



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