• Yes, Oyo Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant is Now Back to Full Production

    Claim: Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, claimed recently that the Oyo State Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant, concessioned to Caboncor International Technology Limited under a public-private partnership arrangement, had started producing asphalt for the construction of our roads in the state.

    Our investigation revealed that the plant is currently functional. Therefore, the governor is correct and the claim is true.

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    In his State of State Address on June 10 2021, delivered before members of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Governor Seyi Makinde said that his administration had rescued some of the state’s moribund facilities, one of which is the Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant. The plant was concessioned to Caboncor International Technology Limited under a public-private partnership arrangement in 2020.

    Governor Seyi Makinde said, ‘We are resuscitating moribund industries. We concessioned the once-moribund Agbowo Shopping Complex, Ibadan and it is now being upgraded and reconstructed. The Pacesetter Asphalt Plant and Quarry, ljaiye, which we handed over to concessionaires in May last year is now producing asphalt for the construction of our roads.’


    A check on Oyo State Investment and Public Private Partnership Agency indicated that commercial activities had commenced as of 31 May 2020 ‘after several years of the facility being moribund.’

    The project which cost N750 million and managed by the concessionaire Messer Caboncor Technology Limited has a reactivation capacity from 100mt/d to 350mt/d within one year from May 31, 2020.

    On the 19 of December 2020, the Voice of Nigeria reports that the quarry ‘is now back to full production,’ giving indication that it was already fully operational, when Governor Makinde paid an on-the-spot assessment visit to the site of the firm.

    Picture taken during a physical inspection of the Quarry

    A June 4 report listed Carboncor International Tech. Ltd, the company managing the Quarry and one other company, as partners in the Oyo State government’s Zero Potholes project, an on-going initiative to rid the state of potholes. According to the report, the two companies were doing the project free of charge for one year, as part of their corporate social responsibility.

    The Quarry site picture

    An inside source who elected to remain anonymous told this writer that the quarry is indeed operating. ‘Yes, we are working. We have got some machines, and have upgraded the quarry from 100 tonnes per hour to 250 tonnes per hour. The Asphalt plant is currently operating at the capacity of 100 tonnes per hour.’


    Based on media reports, reviews and criticisms, the evidence of the use of the asphalt from the Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt company in the zero porthole initiative of the Oyo State Government, and the checks by the researcher, it is evident that the quarry is functional, and the Governor’s claim is true.

    The researcher produced this fact-check per Splash FM 105.5, Ibadan with the Dubawa 2021 fellowship partnership, to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • Is LAUTECH tuition cheapest in South-West as claimed by Gov. Makinde?

    Claim: The Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde recently claimed that the fees charged by Oyo State owned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) is the lowest in the entire South-West of Nigeria.

    Governor Makinde’s claim that LAUTECH tuition fees is the lowest among state-owned universities in the South West of Nigeria is incorrect.

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    The Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Mainde, claimed recently that the fee charged by the Oyo State owned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) was the lowest in the South-West of Nigeria.

    He said this on Tuesday, 1st of June 2021, while announcing a 25 per cent reduction in school fees for students of LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, during a brief interaction with the students at the school auditorium in Ogbomosho.

    According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said he was thankful to the students for according him warm reception despite the impromptu nature of his visit.

    He also stated that he was happy to fulfill the promise of securing the sole ownership of LAUTECH for Oyo State.

    Makinde said: “I am glad to be back among you. After the 2019 election, I should have returned to say thank you to you but I didn’t want to come until I fulfill what I promised you, which is the sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo State.

    “I am still coming back to spend the night here and we will really celebrate then but I can leave you with a parting gift for today. Let me tell you, the LAUTECH fee is still the lowest in the entire South-West. Having said that, I will reduce your fee across board; whether indigenes or non-indigenes, even new students. There will be a reduction of 25 per cent across board.”

     The Situation before June 1st 2021

    The Guardian newspaper of the 1st of June 2021, quoting the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalled that ‘hitherto, students of Oyo state origin paid =N= 140,000 while non indigenes paid =N= 170, 000.’

    A check on the fees portal of the website of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology shows the following fees paid by both indigenes of Oyo State and non-indigenes for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 sessions:

    Tuition Fee For 2017/2018 Set (Indigene)=N= 120,000:00
    Tuition Fee For 2017/2018 (Non-Indigene)=N= 150,000:00
    Tuition Fee For 2018/2019 Set & above (Indigene)=N= 140,000:00
    Tuition Fee For 2018/2019 (Non-Indigene)=N= 170,000:00

    This indicates that the fees for both indigenes and non-indigenes had been increased in the last three years, and these fee regimes obtained up to the June 1st 25 percent reduction by the Governor, and his claim that LAUTECH fees were the cheapest in South West Nigeria.

    With a 25 percent slash in the fees, and when implemented by the Institution, Oyo State Indigenes will pay =N= 105,000 (with =N= 35,000 shaved off their fees) while non-indigenes will pay =N= 127,500 (with =N= 42,500 off the fees regime obtainable before the Governor’s proclamation). 

    Verifying Gov Makinde’s Claim

    The Governor’s claim has prompted a survey of fees payable by fellow state owned Universities in the South West.

    The Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye is owned by the Ogun State government. Although OOU fees are not readily available on the website of the Institution, but a check on a website that focuses on tertiary institutions students needs and aggregates the fees charged by Nigerian universities, recruitmentbeam.com.ng gives the 2021 fees on the bases of faculties as follows: Faculty of Agriculture (77,870.00), Education: Arts and Social Sciences (82,372.00), Engineering (116,296.00), Law (132,996.00) and Medicine (176,396.00)

    For the Osun State University, basic tuition fee for non-science courses includes 130,000 (190,000 with other charges), Nursing/Law 195,000 (265,000), and Medicine 550,000 (630,000).

    Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) charges 30,000 for state indigenes (making 100,000 when other charges are added) and 60,000 for non-indigenes (150,000) for sciences/agriculture, Engineering 70,000 (150,000), 100,000 (200,000 for non-indigenes) for the 2021/2022 Academic session. Similarly, a check on the other Ondo State owned institution, Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) Akoko-Akungba indicates that the institution charges 120,000 (Science and Management Sciences), 100,000 (Agriculture), 80,000 (Arts and Education), and 150,000 (Law) as fees payable by all returning students for the 2021/2022 session.

    As of March 2021, the Ekiti State University (EKSU), also in the South west of Nigeria, charges 140,600 fees for the 2020/2021 session. This amount includes tuition and other charges.

    For the Lagos State University (LASU) students in the Arts and Social Science pay 113,250 for fresh students (86,750 for returning students), Law and Sciences 115,750 (88,250), Engineering 115,750 (143,250 for returning students).

    Comparing Fees Across Southwest Nigeria

    A comparative examination of the fees charged by all universities in the Southwest of Nigeria shows that Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye charges between 77,870 and 176,396 (about the same with LAUTECH), Osun State University 130,000 to 550,000 (higher than LAUTECH, Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) 30,000 to 60,000 (lower than LAUTECH), Ekiti State University (EKSU), 140,600 (at par with amount paid by indigenes at LAUTECH), Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA), 80,000 to 150,000 (the maximum fee is somewhere between what indigenes and non-indiges pay at LAUTECH),  and Lagos State University (LASU) 113,250 to 143,250 (far lower than LAUTECH).

     Highlights of average fees charged by state-owned universities in the Southwest  


    Governor Makinde’s claim that LAUTECH tuition fees was the lowest among state-owned universities in the country, especially in the South West is incorrect, as there are state owned universities in the South west like EKSU and LASU which charge fees lower than, or in the region of fees obtainable in the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH.

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the Dubawa 2021 Fellowship partnership with Splash FM 105.5, Ibadan, to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • Fani Kayode’s claims comparing Europe and Nigerian territories all false

    Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister , Femi Fani-Kayode, on his twitter handle, @realFFK, recently made some bogus statements. The politician asked if people know that Oyo State is larger in terms of land mass than all southeastern states put together; that Ibadan is larger than Belgium and lastly, that the southwest is larger than ninety percent of European countries in terms of  landmass and population. 


    The tweet in which Fani-Kayode made the comments has garnered over five hundred likes,over one hundred  and thirty two retweets and about one hundred and fifty-six comments.

    The claims are:

    1.Oyo state is larger than all Southeast states put together

    2.Ibadan is larger that European nation of Belgium

    3.That the Southwest is larger than 90% of European countries in terms of land mass and population?

    A screenshot of the tweet

    The social media post, believed by some of the followers, formed the basis of their comments.

    For instance, John Ezeakolam @JohnEzeakolam reacted to the comment.

    “Amazing geographical & historical facts, why then d reluctance to declare independence nation of Oduduwa today, or is somebody going to argue that this great entity isn’t large enough to be a republic”

    John Ezeakolam replied to the tweet.

    In contrast, Peter-damian Anyanwu @peterdamianAny2 appears not to have believed the tweet. Peter Anyanwu commented in an attempt to clear the air.

    “….as confirmed from Google map reading and land mass study.Oyo vs SE put together.

    Oyo = 28,454 km²  VS SE= Ebonyi – ,5,533km² + Enugu- 7,161km² + Anambra – 4,834 km² + Abia – 6,320km² + Imo – 5,530. Total =29,388km². compare and contrast @realFFk” He replied

    1. Verifying the claim that Oyo State is larger than all Southeast states put together in terms of land mass

    The first claim  suggests that Oyo is larger than Southeast states put together. Oyo, one of Nigeria’s 36 states is locked in the Southwest region of the country alongside five others. The Southeast on the other hand is a region, one of the six regions that make up the Nigerian federation. 

    In verifying the claim that Oyo State is larger than Southeast states put together in terms of land mass, we consulted a record of the 2006 Population and Housing Census, Priority Table Volume 111,obtained from the National population Commission, Ibadan Office. The record indicates that Oyo State has a landmass of 28,245.264 km²

    Size of Oyo state

    The record computes the landmass of the five southeast states as follows; Abia (4,902.24),km²  Anambra (4,816.21)km² Ebonyi (6,421.23)km²  Enugu (7,660.17)km² and Imo (5,182.82)km²

    A sum of this shows that the Southeast has a total landmass of 28,982.67 km²

    The record shows that the Southeast is larger than Oyo State with a margin of 737.406km². Hence the unsubstantiated claim by the former Aviation minister is misleading.

    1. Is Ibadan larger than Belgium?

    Worldometers, a platform dedicated to global statistics, puts the current population of Belgium at 11,599, 720. Similarly, official figures from Statbel, the Belgian statistical office puts the legally resident population of Belgium at 11,492,641 as of January 1, 2020.

    According to the 2006 Population and Housing Census, the entire population of Oyo state, which has Ibadan as its capital, has a total population of 5,580,894. The census figures didn’t capture the specific figure for Ibadan but data from for the state in which Ibadan is located implies that the entire state is not as big as Belgium, not to talk of Ibadan its capital.www.macrotrends.net put the population of Ibadan as 3,552,000.

    According to available records, it is clear that Belgium is many millions larger than Ibadan in population.

    On land mass, World Bank record puts the size of Belgium at 30,280.0km² while the entire Oyo State which houses Ibadan has a total of 28,245,264km² according to population census conducted in 2006.

    Ibadan, the capital of the State,has eleven local government areas which are; Akinyele (524,298) km², Egbeda (192,895)km² , Ibadan North (27,562)km², Ibadan Northeast (18,077)km², Ibadan Northwest (26,228)km² Ibadan Southeast(17,032)km², Oluyole(635,045)km²,Ibadan Southwest (40,751)km², Ido (996,825)km², Lagelu (342,341) km² and Ona-Ara (292,606)km2.

    Summation of all the eleven local government areas, which make up the metropolis in terms of land mass, is 3,113,573km². 

    The records show that Ibadan is not as large as Belgium either in land mass or population. Therefore, the claim that Ibadan is larger than Belgium is False and misleading.

    1. Is Ibadan bigger than ninety percent of European countries in terms of land mass and Population?

    With reference  to the 2006 Population and Housing Census, southwest Nigeria consists six states: Ekiti (5,887.89)km ,Lagos (3,496.45)km Ogun (16,980.55)km ,Ondo (15,195.18)km, Osun (8,699.84)km and Oyo (28,245.26)km.

    Total land mass of Southwest Nigeria is summed up at 78, 505.17 km² while Europe’s land mass has a total landmass of 22,134,900 Km2 according to worldometer.info.

    By calculation,90% of 22,134,900 (landmass of Europe) equals 19,921,410km². This is much more than the entire land mass of the Southwest.

    Break down  population of the Southwest comprising ; Ekiti (1,535,790) ,Lagos (5,725,116) ,Ogun (2,333,726),Ondo (2,249,548), Osun( 2,158,142) and Oyo (3,452,720) .  The region has a total of 17,455,042 which falls below that of Europe with 747,730,920

    Above figures are clear indicators that Southwest Nigeria is not as big as ninety percent of Europe either in population or land mass.

    90% of 747,730,920 (Population of Europe) is 662,957,828. A record which indicates that the population of the Southwest (17,455,042) is not up to 90% of that of Europe.


    Substantial parts of the claims, which have attracted hundreds of comments, retweets and thousands Likes, have been confirmed to be false. Ibadan Oyo state capital is not larger than Southeast States put together. The claim that Ibadan is larger than Belgium is equally false as well as the claim that Nigeria’s Southwest region is larger than 90 percent of Europe.

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the Dubawa 2020 Fellowship partnership with Radio Nigeria Ibadan to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • Pictures of 2017 violence in Ibadan used to depict attack on SARS officers in Enugu

    Claim: That Gunmen attack SARS operatives in Enugu, killing six officers and many injured


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    On October 6, a Twitter user @OurPortHarcourt posted pictures of a fire-ravaged police station, claiming that the station was attacked by gunmen in Enugu.

    She also wrote that the coordinated attack led to the death of six operatives of the (now disbanded) Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad while many were injured. It also stated that apart from setting the station on fire, prisoners were also freed.

    As of 11:40 a.m. of October 15, the post which has gathered 1,562 retweets and 2,715 likes was watermarked and attributed to one Icon news.

    The author of the claim tweeted: “BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen Clash With SARS Officers At Their Police Station In Enugu State, 6 SARS Operatives killed, Many Injured, Prisoners Set Free And Their Station Set Ablaze. More Details Coming Soon… 📸▪: Icons News”

    How accurate are the attached pictures?


    To verify the pictures, The ICIR subjected one of the attached photographs to google reverse image search to reveal if there were similar images attached to the post on the internet. Note that the four pictures were taken in the same environment.

    Google reverse image, which provided results in 0.87 seconds shows that the images first surfaced online two years ago when a face-off ensued between men of the Oyo State Police command and butchers in Ibadan.

    The incident which happened at the abattoir section of the Bodija international market in the state capital occurred as butchers in the market refused to relocate to a new market in Amosun village, Akinyele local government area of the state.

    The clash led to the death of four people who were gunned down by the police for allegedly trying to burn the police station attached to the market.

    While reacting to the killings, the irate butchers burnt vehicles parked within the premises of the police station while also destroying other valuables.

    In a bid to ensure proper sanitary and healthy practices among butchers in Ibadan, the state government had asked butchers in the state capital to relocate to a centralised abattoir at Amosun village. This was on account of the unsanitary circumstances of major abattoirs in Bodija, Aleshinloye, and Gege which led the State government to de-license all slabs in Ibadan for two years.

    The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was one of the 14 units under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Nigerian Police Force before it was disbanded following protests by Nigerians over the unit’s notoriety and crass violation of human rights.

    It was established to detain, investigate, and prosecute people involved in crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping, and other forms of crimes

    Over the years, the special anti-robbery police unit has been accused of gross human rights violation while discharging its duties and to the extent that there have been repeated calls for the unit to be disbanded under the hashtag #EndSars, to avoid extra-judicial killing of citizens.


    The above findings dispel the falsity and non-conformity of the pictures. Checks show that the attached pictures show a face-off between Ibadan butchers and police two years ago.

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the Dubawa 2020 Fellowship partnership with The ICIR to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

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