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Property in UAE not owned by Atiku as claimed in viral video

Claim: A viral video claims that Atiku is the owner of a skyscraper located in the United Arab Emirates.

Property in UAE not owned by Atiku as claimed in viral video

The claim is false. DUBAWA’s findings revealed that the building belongs to Tiger Group, a UAE-based real estate development firm. It has nothing to do with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.

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Recently, a video was circulated on social media with the claim that a building located in the United Arab Emirates belongs to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.

The short video shows a tall structure with a female voice-over in the background making the following allegations:

“The building you see here in Dubai belongs to Atiku Abubakar but the sad reality is that no Nigerian is employed in any of the buildings doing anything.  Of course we can now understand Obasanjo when he said that the money Atiku looted can feed 400 million Nigerians for 400 years. We cannot be fooled more than once. Be wise, Nigerians.

Property in UAE not owned by Atiku as claimed in viral video
The video has been widely shared

The video has been widely shared across social media platforms and blogs, suggesting to users that the information is correct. Therefore, DUBAWA opted to verify the accuracy of the claim.

Verification 

DUBAWA conducted a Google keyword search to see if Mr Abubakar owns any skyscraper in Dubai. With no clear result, we resorted to making a reverse image search; however, that was also futile.

We further scan-searched a fragment of the video with Google Lense, a tool that allows users to scan and search what is seen on the surface of pictures. This provided the exact location and picture of the building at 898M+QW5 – Al Majaz – Al Nahdha – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates. The building is beside Kitcherama Group, a kitchen supply store.

Property in UAE not owned by Atiku as claimed in viral video
Building address is 898M+QW5 – Al Majaz – Al Nahdha – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates 

Property in UAE not owned by Atiku as claimed in viral video
The clear picture of Tiger Building. Credit: Deepak Mendonca

A description on Google maps revealed that the property belongs to Tiger Group, a real estate development company in the UAE with over 200 completed projects. The company is headed by “Eng. Waleed Mohammad AlZoubi.”

Property in UAE not owned by Atiku as claimed in viral video
The building belongs to Tiger Group

In addition to our findings, information on Google maps shows that this building is located in Sharjah and not Dubai as claimed. Sharjah is one of the seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates.

Property in UAE not owned by Atiku as claimed in viral video
Property is in Sharjah, not Dubai

Conclusion

Our findings have revealed that the property belongs to Tiger Group and has nothing to do with Atiku Abubakar. Therefore, the claim is false.

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