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EndSARS photo used to paint narrative Kenyans protest in solidarity with Nigerians

Photo source: Kabir Yusuf/Premium Times 3 mins read

Claim: A Twitter user shared an image claiming Kenyans stood with Nigerians during the June 12 protest.

The Twitter post depicting this image as that of Kenyans standing with Nigerians during the June 12 protest is false and misleading as the picture is from the 2020 EndSARS protest in Abuja.

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Claims are still pouring in after the June 12 protest on Nigeria’s Democracy Day. One of such claims sent to us for verification was a Twitter post by Free Mdude (@_iAlen) claiming Kenyans stood with Nigerians during the June 12 protest. This post contained the image of a group of protesters holding up the Nigerian flag.

KENYANS standing with NIGERIANS during #June12thProtest in NAIROBI.”

Excerpt of @_iAlen’s TwitterTwitter post caption.

Screenshot of the Twitter post 

The post, which  was made on June 12, 2020, had generated 147 comments, 6,175 retweets and 9,026  as of Monday June 14, 2021.

Verification

Dubawa first tried to trace the Twitter post by @_iAlen in the screenshot shared with us and found it. Afterward, Dubawa conducted a Twitter search which led to other Twitter posts. One post by God’s Jewel (@linaeyen) making reference to @_iAlen’s post, made the same claim.

Screenshot of the Twitter post by @linaeyin.

Another Twitter user Naija PR Assistant (@starblog3a1) also shared a post using the same image with a similar claim.

KENYANS standing with NIGERIANS during #June12thProtest in NAIROBI thanks so much together freedom is assured” 

Excerpt of @starblog3a1’s Twitter post caption

Screenshot of Twitter post by @starblog3a1.

Dubawa then conducted a google reverse image search which led to a report by Premium Times with the image during the October 2020 EndSARS protest.

Screenshot of Premium Times report.

Also, a close look at the image showed the image bore the name tag of Premium Times reporter, Kabir Yusuf. Dubawa, therefore, reached out to Mr Yusuf to confirm the location and time of the image.

Mr Yusuf confirmed he took the image during the EndSARS protest in Abuja.

“It is not accurate. I took the picture during the EndSARS protests in Abuja.”

Excerpt of Mr Yusuf’s response.

Conclusion

The Twitter post depicting this image as that of Kenyans standing with Nigerians during the June 12 protest is false and misleading as the picture is from the 2020 EndSARS protest in Abuja.

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