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19 Sep 2020
Multiple social media posts claim that Nigeria has been ranked third in the 2020 Global Terrorism Index, produced by a global think tank headquartered in Australia, Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The claim is misleading as it is a misinterpretation of 2019 ranking. The Global Terrorism Index ranks 163 countries according to the impact…
3 Mar 2020
The senior special assistant on media and publicity to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted on March 1 that malaria kills 822 persons in Nigeria every day. In the tweet, he sought to draw attention to the mosquito-borne disease the same way the Nigerian media have been covering the coronavirus. Nigeria is one of a few…
29 Feb 2020
A Facebook post published by AIT News Nigeria claimed that the man who drove the first person to test positive to the novel coronavirus in Nigeria to Ogun State escaped from a hospital where he was receiving treatment after he also tested positive to the virus. The author of the post claimed that the picture…
13 Jan 2020
Several media publications last week claimed that a Nigerian Dauda Onoruoiza was one of the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 plane that crashed in Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 onboard. The news was published by reputed media outlets in Nigeria including, The Punch - archived here, ThisDayLive - archived here, Legit…
30 Dec 2019
Nigerian former president Olusegun Obasanjo claimed that Nigeria's external debts has grown to N24.947 trillion or $81.274 billion in the last four years. Obasanjo on Friday in Lagos at the first edition of the Nigerian Story organised by the ‘Why I Am Alive’ campaign said Nigeria risks bankruptcy with its penchant for loans under the…
13 Dec 2019
As the world continues to look for new ways to combat mosquitoes and malaria that is responsible for an estimated 1-3 million deaths per year, a report surfaced earlier this week that a Ugandan man’s fart is so potent that it can kill mosquitoes and more so mosquitoes with a fallout zone of six miles.…
13 Dec 2019
Nigeria's social media space has been abuzz since the emergence of a report that claimed a Nigerian named Abaeze Atuche hacked into the website of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant himself, his family and friends American citizenship. The report claimed that about 15 people were beneficiaries of Atuche's cyberattack on the US government…
19 Nov 2019
Senator Dino Melaye on November 15 posted a picture of four Nigerian soldiers holding up four fingers in each of their hands. The sign was made popular by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during the presentation of the 2019 budget to the National Assembly at the end of 2018. Buhari was seeking reelection then for…
11 Oct 2019
A video purportedly showing Nigeria's First Lady Aisha Buhari locked up in a room in Aso Villa after she returned from London on Thursday has been shared and viewed tens of thousand times on the social media. Since Wednesday, social media has been awash with claims that the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will be getting…
24 Sep 2019
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Monday said Lake Chad, located in the country's northeast border, has "shrunk significantly from its original size." Buhari told World leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit that the reduction in the size of the lake was due to climate change. But his claims about the lake was questioned by Reuters…
23 Sep 2019
A video of senior pastor and founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, with claims that he will be Nigeria's next president has been widely shared on social media platforms and media reports as a recent video. Two separate reports published on Monday, 23 by news platforms, Vanguard and Legit, claimed that the politician pastor…
28 Aug 2019
To clarify his earlier misleading claims fact-checked by The Guardian, former presidential aide Reno Omokri further made some statements that are untrue. Omokri had earlier claimed that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was not invited to the Group of Seven (G-7) summit because of Buhari’s “misrule”. He also tweeted a 2017 picture of American president Donald Trump and…

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