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Old Picture From Akwa Ibom Militant Attack Used To Depict Lekki Tollgate Death

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A Twitter user shared a picture of an injured young man, claiming he was a victim of Lekki shooting on Tuesday. 

The Twitter post with the picture of the young man is misleading as findings show it is not a recent picture and not related to the Lekki toll gate murders.

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Amid the circulation of pictures and videos from the death at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, a Twitter user, @Adekitan claims a young man named Lawrence was killed.

The Twitter post, which portrayed a picture of the young man in a suit and another of him injured, has since been deleted.

Pictures saved from the Twitter post by Adenikan.

Screenshot of the link’s result after the Twitter post was taken down.

Verification

Dubawa conducted a google reverse image search, which led to different reports and posts.

One of the search results led to a post by another Twitter user @OladapoMikky made on October 21, 2020, saying the young man in the picture was Lawrence and Nigeria murdered him yesterday (October 20, 2020). 

Screenshot of OladapoMikky’s Twitter post.

Another result led to a news report by Naija News Today on October 3, 2020, which used the same picture to report an attack on a passenger boat by militants between Akwa Ibom and Calabar.

Screenshot of Naija News Today’s report.

Conclusion

The Twitter post with the picture of the young man is false and misleading as findings show it is not a recent picture and not related to the Lekki toll gate murders. Also, the deleting of the post by the Twitter user who posted it questions the credibility of the post.

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