Russia Claims U.S. Is Making Bioweapons In Nigeria. True?

One of the reasons given by Russia to justify its invasion of Ukraine is that it is trying to prevent the development of biological weapons by the United States. Somehow, Nigeria has now found its name in this web of controversy. Key takeaways: The laboratories pictured in the graphic shared by the Russian government are …

Igbo Passengers Attacked In Jos? No, Pictures From Zimbabwe, Southern Nigeria

The police command in Plateau State, North-central Nigeria, has also debunked the misleading claim. About four pictures went viral on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29, with the claim that they depicted an attack in Jos, North-central Nigeria, involving between 230 and 250 Igbo passengers. But the images are not recent and were shot in unrelated circumstances. …

These Photos Of Armed Herders Were Not Taken In Nigeria

Photos often used by local media organisations to represent criminal herdsmen in Nigeria have been found to have roots in Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania. Clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria have recently drawn more attention, especially with increased tension and hostilities in the southern region.  On the downside, misleading information around the subject …

Why Conspiracy Theories Can Be As Misleading As They Are Convincing

The spread of the new coronavirus variant and the panic it has created have led to the emergence of a fresh wave of harmful conspiracy theories. And for the world to fully beat the pandemic, all hands must be on the deck to fight misinformation arising from them. Said to be as old as politics, …

How Fake Facebook Pages Push Misinformation Using Famous News Brands

Have you been following the official Facebook page of that reputable media outlet or rather one of its many lookalikes? Telling the difference is increasingly getting difficult as scammers have now extended their duplication game beyond just the brand name and symbols. But while some of these pages share publications from the original news platforms, …

10 Photos Used To Depict Obigbo Victims Are From Osun, Lagos, Others

Claim: A Facebook group shared 10 photographs, which it said were about the killing and brutalising of civilians in Obigbo, a community in Rivers State. Verdict: False. The claim is not true as the pictures have been traced to incidents in other states as well as in a different country. Full text Biafra Today, a group on …

#EndSARS: The Trend And Threat Of Fake Social Media Accounts

There are 33 million active monthly users of Facebook in Nigeria. There are also many millions of people exchanging information on Twitter, 280 characters at a time. But just like the country’s population of phone subscribers cannot be determined using only the number of SIM cards in circulation, it is also hard to say for sure because …

An Assessment Of Claims On ‘Christian Genocide’ In Nigeria

A Non-Governmental Organisation in Nigeria, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), has regularly released figures since 2018, which it says are evidence of an ongoing genocide against Christians by jihadists and jihadist herdsmen in the country. But an analysis of statistics from reliable sources shows that these claims are inaccurate. …

Misleading Photos Used To Justify Blasphemy Laws

A Nigerian Twitter user, My Deen My Swag, has shared some misleading pictures to defend the death penalty for blasphemy in some states in Northern Nigeria where Sharia (Islamic canonical law) applies. “Whether they steal food or phone, they don’t deserve to be burnt to dead. They burn people even for stealing N50 to dead …

How Nigerian Army Is Weaponising ‘Fake News’ To Discredit Journalists

The Nigerian Army has occasionally made statements condemning the spread of misinformation which, it says, has the potential to undermine national security. It has more frequently debunked particular claims about its operations that are in circulation. But recent trends show that it might have extended its definition of “fake news” to include any information from …