Claim: In a Facebook post, Joe Igbokwe, an APC chieftain and Special Adviser, Office of Drainage Services to the Lagos State Governor, claimed that China has delivered 100 new armoured vehicles to the Nigerian Army.
Verification by Dubawa shows that 60 armoured vehicles were delivered to Nigeria by China, not 100 as claimed by Mr Igbokwe. The claim is, therefore, inaccurate and misleading.
A Facebook post recently claimed that China has delivered 100 new armoured vehicles to Nigerian Army. The post which had garnered 312 reactions, six comments and 62 shares when it was made on Tuesday, 9th November 2021, was made by Mr Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Special Adviser, Office of Drainage Services to the Lagos State Governor.
He wrote; ‘China delivers another 100 new armoured vehicles to the Nigerian Army. May Nigeria Succeed (sic).’
This researcher, upon sighting the post by Mr Joe Igbokwe, set out on a search to verify the claim. The search was informed by the fact of Mr Igbokwe’s strong political posture and the growing influence of social media.
Did China deliver armoured Vehicles to Nigeria Recently?
A text message and email sent to him to request his source were not replied. This researcher then put a call to him and when confronted with the question that he substantiated his claim, he gave a terse response and hung up.
“Go and investigate,” he said.
However, media reports as recent as 28th October 2021 confirmed that the Nigerian Army took delivery of ‘60 new VP – 1 Type Tracked Armoured Personnel Carriers manufactured in China to boost the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgency and banditry in the North-East and North-West.’
As a follow up to the delivery and receipt of the armoured vehicles, it was also reported that the Nigerian Army also commissioned the 60 new VP – 1 Type Tracked Armoured Personnel Carriers from China to tackle the country’s insecurity challenges.
The report noted that the inauguration of the armoured vehicles was done at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna, by the Commandant of Infantry Corps, Major General Victor Ezugwu, who represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya.
Also, in a video on YouTube, Channels Television reported that the Nigerian Army inaugurated the 60 armoured vehicles. The video, posted on 29th October 2021, had been viewed 5,321 times as of the 9th of November.
Among the many media reports viewed by this reporter, and in a similar confirmation of the figures, another major national television station in Nigeria in a broadcast, indicated that the Nigerian Army had started deploying the 60 armoured vehicles in the fight against insurgency.
The report had been watched 10,950 times and liked 52 times on YouTube since 28th October 2021. In fact, a fuller bulletin of the story stated that the Nigerian Army had in over three months trained 106 personnel on the use and maintenance of the military hardware.
Meanwhile, in a rather speculative report, a news blog Defence Web, claimed that the Nigerian Army ‘may have acquired 100 additional CS/VP3 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from China’s Poly Technologies and Type 89 tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) from Norinco.’
Media reports from credible platforms indicate that the Nigerian Army received 60 armoured vehicles delivered by China, not 100 as claimed by Mr Joe Igbokwe. The claim is therefore inaccurate and misleading.
The researcher produced this fact-check per Splash FM 105.5, Ibadan with the Dubawa 2021 fellowship partnership, to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.