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    Fact Checks of the week

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    Tip Of The Week


    There’s precious little that we can do about the barrage of misinformation that we see daily, but there’s a lot we can do together if we learn to identify suspicious claims in the news and refrain from fuelling the fire by spreading them! Here are our top picks of likely-to-be-false news which [sadly] couldn’t be fact-checked.

    CLAIM: Federal Government Sponsored ICT Training –  SOURCE: WhatsApp Message

    A message making rounds on WhatsApp draws attention to an alleged ICT Training sponsored by the Federal Government and urged readers to apply. While this message may appeal to those seeking this kind of opportunity, it is important to verify the authenticity of the website. Many fraudulent websites have emerged devising different techniques to scam or pull traffic to their websites. 

    Questions to ask yourself: Who is the source? Who Initiated the training? Which government office is sponsoring the training? How genuine are the attached URLs?

    What you should do: Verify before sharing. 

    Other Fact Checks

  • Old picture used to depict recent poisoning of cows in Ondo

    Claim:  A user on Twitter claims that ‘over 50 cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen were poisoned to death by Amotekun and or Yoruba youths in Akoko Local Government Area, of Ondo state. 

    The claim

    The claim that ‘over 50 cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen were poisoned to death by Amotekun/Yoruba youths in Akoko LGA, Ondo state is false. The picture was dated from a news report that took place in 2019 and maliciously used to paint a false narrative. 

    Full text

    The ongoing crisis between Fulani herdsmen and farmers mostly in the south is no new story. Now, in reference to this existing reality, a Twitter user, Sarki (@Waspapping_) claims  that ‘over 50 cows that belonged to Fulani herdsmen were poisoned to death by Amototekun/Yoruba youths in Akoko LGA, Ondo State. The user implied that the matter is not voiced on any media. 

    Alongside a photo displaying the acclaimed dead cows is also the narrative: “I just woke up to the news that Over 50 cows that belong to “Fulani herdsman”  were poisoned to deaths on Monday in Akoko LGA, Ondo state, by Amotekun/Yoruba youths, no any outcry from anyone or media outrage. No hashtags, nothing. It’s well.”

    Nonetheless, the tweet attracted over 1,100 like, close to 600 retweets and over 300 diverse comments that cut across suspicion and conviction. 

    The acclaimed Amotekun displayed by the claimant is a security outfit based in southwestern Nigeria that was established in 2020 by the southwestern governors to respond to the security challenges in the region.  Hence, this claim will not only trigger controversy but even chaos If it is not carefully scrutinized. 


    DUBAWA conducted a Yandex reverse image search and results show that the acclaimed picture of dead cows in question was from major news in 2019 about a mysterious thunder that struck on Oke Owa, Ijare community in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, killing at least 36 cows. 

    A news report by on the topic, dated September 22, 2019. 

    The news was popular around the time it occurred 3 years ago and had attracted multiple reports from different media. Apparently, the claimant only dated the picture a bogus narrative to it. 

    Google search results, showing multiple reports about the factual narrative.


    The picture provided by the claimant as evidence was dated and picked out of its original context to paint a rather bogus and false report. 

  • This picture of cows eating tomatoes is not from Nigeria

    Claim: Facebook post inferred that Picture of cows eating tomatoes was taken in Nigeria.

    False. According to results from Google Images, the picture was first shared in 2017; hence, it has nothing to do with the situation attributed to it in Nigeria.

    Full Text

    Over the past few days, there’s been a growing conversation around the blockade of food supplies from the North to the Southern part of Nigeria. This decision by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) is reportedly a protest of the alleged killing of its members in other states. 

    In the middle of this social media conversation, on Thursday, 4th of March, a Facebook User, Iyalaje Omotosho, posted an image of a heap of tomatoes on the ground as a number of cows fed on them. This image with over 40 comments and 21 shares has been used to suggest a downside of the AUFCDN’s decision. While some, in the comment section, inferred that the wasting tomatoes are part of the foodstuffs held back by the AUFCDN,  others believed the picture was not taken in Nigeria.


    To identify the origin of the image, Dubawa ran a quick check on the image through google reverse image technology. According to the reverse search, this image has been in circulation since 2017(July, September) and at the time was trending outside Nigeria as the caption attached to the image in each post was not written in any known Nigerian language. However, GoogleTranslate identified the language as Hindi.

    In 2019, the same image was found on a website, accompanying a short write up on the plight of Sindh farmers. The image has also been used in January 2020, as seen here and here, under the hashtag ‘#StopImportTomatoAndOnion’ on Twitter. The hashtag harbours tweets from people of Sindhi protesting their government’s policy which encourages the importation of tomatoes and onions.


    From the findings of this research, it is safe to say the Image has nothing to do with the current situation in Nigeria; it’s just another picture taken out of context. 

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