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Five Political Influencers Who Have Shared Fake News

  1. Lai Mohammed

The Nigerian Minister for Information and Culture has, on several occasions, been the topic of controversy on social media. He has also been fact-checked multiple times by DUBAWA. Read the fact checks here.

  1. Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri is another political influencer famed for his support for the Jonathan administration and a huge critic of the Buhari administration. He has repeatedly shared false claims about the current administration and also misled people on other topics. Read our fact checks on some of his claims here.


  1. Femi Fani-Kayode

Another popular critic of the Buhari administration is Mr. Fani-Kayode. Banking on his large social media following, the former Nigerian Minister successfully trolls the president and shares misinformation on different topics. To DUBAWA, his name is reminiscent of bogus claims around the COVID-19 vaccines and more

  1. Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye is a controversial politician who is a former lawmaker at the House of Representatives and the Senate. He is a social media influencer who engages his followers with posts of his luxurious lifestyle and sometimes sings to entertain them. Mr Dino Melaye made false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, he shared a fake photo during the EndSars protest and also falsely claimed that Joe Biden knelt to apologize to George Floyd’s daughter. 

  1. Godwin Obaseki 

The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, may not be as controversial as others but he has also been caught misinforming the public. While answering questions during the debate held by Channels Television ahead of the 2020 governorship election in the state, Mr Obaseki who also contested in the election said: “With a debt burden of 120 billion Naira, we have been able to service and still ensure that we undertake economic projects.” DUBAWA checked the claim and discovered it was not accurate. Read the fact check here.

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