Kenya

  • Bidiyon da ke zargin wai hoton maboyar maharan da ke hare-hare a Najeriya ne daga Kenya aka samu

    Zargi: Wani mai amfani da shafin Facebook na zargi wai hotunan bidiyon da ke zargin an gano wadansu mahara a maboyarsu a Najeriya ne.

    Da abubuwan da suka faru kwanan nan kamar harin da aka kai kan jirgin kasan da ya taso daga Abuja za shi Kaduna, da kuma yunkurin harin da aka kai kan tashar jirgin saman Kaduna, matsalar tsaro ta cigaba da kasancewa kan gaba al’amuran da suka shafi ‘yan Najeriya.

    Ranar talata 5 ga watan Maris wani mamban jam’iyya mai mulki ta APD, Joe Igbokwe ya wallafa wani bidiyo. Ya hada bidiyon da wani tsokacin da ke zargin wai maharani Najeriya ne wadanda suka yi kaurin suna wajen kisa da garkuwa da mutanen da ba su ji ba su gani ba.

    “Wannan bidiyon da aka dauka da kyamaran drone ne na maharan da ke sata da garkuwa da ‘yan Najeriya. Bidiyon ya nuna su a wata maboyarsu a wani dajin da ba’a tantance ba,” wani bangaren tsokacin ya bayyana.

    Sadda aka wallafa wannan binciken, har an rana labarin sau 1,000 a yayin da wasu mutane 31 kuma tofa albarkacin bakinsu dangane da batun a karkashin labarin.

    Mun kuma gano cewa ana cigaba da sake raba bidiyon a wahtsapp tare da bayanai mabanbanta dangane da wurin da maharani su ke.

    Tantancewa

    Mun fara da duba bidiyon mu gani ko za mu gane muhallin da aka nadi bidiyon da ma abin da ke faruwa a ciki amma ba mu gane ba domin babu sauti a bidiyon. Mun dai ga cewa akwai mztane biyar ne a bidiyon, kuma daya daga cikinsu na dauke da abin da ya yi kama da bindiga kirar AK-47.

    Da muka sa a manhajar Google reverse search wanda ke tantance hotunan bidiyo, bai ba mu komai ba, dan haka sai muka fara yin binciken dalla-dalla.

    A shafin Facebook, mung a labarai da dama da aka wallafa tare da wannan bidiyon da zarge-zarge da dama. MUn kuma gano wani labarin da aka sanya a shafin Tiwita a shafin AF News (@AFNewsNG) da zargi irin wannan.

    Sai dai a shafin Facebook, mun gano wani labarin na daban dangane da wani batu a Kenya tare da hoton bidiyon.

    “Kyamerar Drone ta gano mahara,” a cewar labarin.

    Wani labarin da Madoka Kibet (@Madoke_ke) ya wallafa a shafin Tiwita kuma na dauke da bidiyon. Sai dai an goge jim kadan bayan da muka gan shi.

    “Kyamerar drone na sanya ido bisa dalilai na tsaro ya gano maharan kabilar Kalenjin a cikin dajin Baragoi. Ana iya ganin daya daga cikin maharan wanda kyamarar ta fusata yana kokarin harbo ta kasa ba tare da ya yi nasara ba,” kadan daga cikin labarin ya bayyana.

    Wani bidiyon da aka wallafa a YouTube a shafin Voice TV Nigeria ranar 5 ga watan Afrilun 2022 ya bayyana cewa lallai mahara ne da aga gano a yankin Laikipia.

    Wani bidiyon YouTube din da aka wallafa a Trending Videos Kenya ranar lahadi uku ga watan Afrilun 2022, y ace maharani Pikot ne wadanda kyamerar drone ta nada a maboyarsu da ke dajin Laikipia.

    Laikipia daya daga cikin gundumomi 47 da ke kasar Kenya ne, wadanda ke tsohon lardin Rift Valley.

    Mun kuma gano wani labarin BBCPidgin wanda ya karyata cewa bidiyon ba a Najeriya ba ne.

    A Karshe

    Sakamakon bincikenmu ya nuna cewa bidiyon ba a Najeriya aka nada ba. An fara wallafa bidiyon a matsayin mahara a Laikipia Kenya. Dan haka wannan labarin ba gaskiya ba ne.

  • This Image of house built on rail track taken in Kenya, not Potiskum, Nigeria

    Claim: The image of an ongoing construction of a house on a rail line was shared by a Facebook user, BuzzeeMo claiming that a resident of Potiskum in Yobe State was building a house on a rail line.

    The claim is false! The image appeared online in September 2019 as that of a Kenyan building a house on a railway line. The Kenya Railway Corporation has since rebuked the contractor and warned that it would soon embark on reclaiming its land.   

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    On October 5th 2021, a Facebook user, BuzzeeMo, which identifies itself as a news/media company, shared the image of an ongoing house construction on a railway line with the claim that the ongoing building is in Potiskum in Yobe State, north east of Nigeria. The Facebook post which received mixed reactions from other users generated 127 comments. Though some users had alleged that the image was not taken in Nigeria but in Zambia, it nevertheless was shared 153 times. BuzzeeMo captioned the image: “A resident of Potiskum town in Yobe State built his house on a rail track.” He further stated below the text, “Nigerians and cruise.”

    In the image, a building is under construction in the middle of a railway line. There is a yellow and red kiosk by the right side while a lady in a red and white floral dress backing the camera leans on the kiosk. 

    The image posted by  BuzzeeMoon Facebook has gathered mixed reactions from Facebook users but has equally been shared 153 times

    About Potiskum

    Potiskum town is in Yobe State and is one of the 17 local government areas of the state. The town of Potiskum has been described as a thriving trading centre in Yobe and the northeast region of Nigeria. People from neighbouring Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Bauchi and Gombe states as well as numerous others from Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Central African Republic are said to have stakes in the ‘biggest cattle market in sub-Saharan Africa,’ which is situated in Potiskum.

    Situated in the north east and with Yobe sharing borders with Borno State, Potiskum has witnessed its own share of insecurity associated with Boko Haram. A suicide bombing at a Shia march in Potiskum in 2014 had killed 15 people while another suicide bombing at a secondary school caused the death of over 40 students in November of the same year. There have been several other attacks that have rocked the town of Potiskum.

    Verification

    A Google Reverse Image Search of the image showed the photograph had appeared numerous times on the internet starting from September 2021. Further checks revealed that most of the posts in relation to the image came from Kenyans who posted the image and questioned why the Kenya Railway Corporation was yet to do something about it. The image had hit the Kenyan cyberspace on September 29th 2021 and shortly went viral.

    However, following reactions from Kenyans as to why the country’s Railway Corporation had failed to reclaim its lines, the Kenyan Railway Corporation had issued a statement of warning to the contractor undertaking the housing project. It stated that it would soon embark on reclaiming its lands and that no one should complain when such a time comes. The Kenyan Railway Corporation also urged the contractor to stop further construction and pull down the structure.

    Google Reverse Image Search shows the image trended in September 2021 with most of the posters linking it to Kenya

    About Nigeria’s Railway Lines 

    Nigeria’s railway lines have been in existence for over a century. Its history goes as far back as 1898 when the British Colonial Government constructed the first railroad. However, what is today referred to as Nigerian railways came into being on October 3rd 1912 when the Lagos Colony Railway and the Baro-Kano Railway were amalgamated. 

    When the colonial administration constructed the railway lines, it was to enable it to evacuate minerals and agricultural raw materials and forest resources from the interior parts of the country and also to enable the selling of imported manufactured goods in these interior locations. The rail lines have succeeded in linking up the different regions of the country and for promoting inter-regional trade as well as increasing industrial and economic development.

    The railway network runs diagonally from Lagos in the south west to Nguru,Yobe State in the north east and from Port Harcourt in the south-south through Kafanchan in Kaduna State in the north west to Maiduguri in the north east. Despite being one of the modern and safest means of transportation, not much has been achieved in terms of expanding Nigeria’s rail lines since 1964 except for the 277 kilometers standard gauge rail line project under construction between Itakpe via Ajaokuta to Warri which was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020.

    This is why immediately the Federal Government approved the award of contracts for the rehabilitation and and reconstruction of the Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri eastern narrow gauge line in 2020, some stakeholders from Potiskum wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari seeking the inclusion of Potiskum in the proposed rail project.  

    Map of Nigeria’s railway lines from Maps of the world

    The proposed project which will link Gashua, Damaturu in Yobe State did not include Potiskum which has one of the largest cattle markets not only in Nigeria but West Africa. The letter signed by the Head of Yerman Gudi community, Idriss Madu on behalf of other stakeholders, stated that Potiskum town has the largest grains market in Nigeria and the largest fleet of Transport, including heavy duty vehicles and is a vital link to four state capitals including Bauchi, Damaturu, Gombe, Dutse and therefore it was important to call the president’s attention to the “obvious neglect of the strategic town in the proposed rail line.”

    Nigerian Railway Corporation Denounce Image

    When this reporter contacted the Nigerian Railway Corporation on the veracity of the image in circulation, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Mr. Mahmud Yakub categorically said “there is no railway line in Potiskum.” This is a hint that the image could not have been taken in Potiskum. Mr Yakub, however, directed this reporter to the PRO, Railway Property Management Company Limited, Gloria Binda Zinass for further details on the matter.  

    When contacted, Zinnas stated that the company had come in contact with the same image with a different claim. She said after investigations, all the six zonal and six area offices of the Railway Property Management Company had revealed that such a scenario does not exist anywhere in Nigeria. 

    Conclusion 

    Findings show that the image, though authentic, was used in a misleading context as the incident did not occur in Potiskum, Yobe State or anywhere in Nigeria. Findings show that the incident occured in Kenya.

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

  • No evidence Kenya traveled with 87 athletes, 90 officials to Tokyo Olympics

    Claim: A tweet shared on Twitter claims that Kenya took  87 athletes and 90 officials, a ratio of 1:1, to the Olympics while China took 200 athletes  and 20 officials, a ratio of 1:10

    No evidence Kenya took 87 athletes, 90 officials, a ratio of 1:1, to the Tokyo Olympics.

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    Even though Kenya emerged top in Africa in the recently concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics, concern about the team’s performance, compared to the previous record in Rio, kindled speculations on social media. Some Kenyans attributed the setback in Tokyo to the ratio of athletes taking part in events. 

    One such claim shared by a user on Twitter on 2nd August 2021, already garnering 241 retweets, 8 quote tweets and 773 likes alleged that Kenya took 87 athletes and 90 officials, a ratio of 1:1, compared to China’s 200 athletes to 20 officials, a ratio of 1:10. 

    A screenshot of the claim shared on Twitter

    The Olympics, bringing together the world’s best athletes, is one of the most-watched events worldwide. Although the threat of COVID-19 raised the question of whether the quadrennial competitions would and should take place, the 2021 Olympics did proceed and deliver an exciting thrill. The USA ranked top in the world, winning a total of 113 medals-39 gold, 41 silver and 33 bronze, with China coming in second place with 88 medals. 

    Despite a slow start at the Tokyo Olympics, Kenya maintained its reign as Africa’s champions by sealing a first-place finish with 10 medals. While the team did emerge successful in Tokyo, the Rio 2016 Olympics remains the best Olympic performance in Kenya’s history and the most embarrassing.

    Kenya, which first participated in the Olympics in 1956 in Melbourne, competing in events in athletics, hockey, shooting and swimming, has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then, except for the boycotted 1976 (Canada) and 1980 (Russia) Olympics. 

    In 2016, Kenya returned home from the Rio Olympics with six gold medals, six silver medals, and one bronze—winning the most medals of any African team. Kenya came in 15th globally in medals, and was second only to the United States in track and field medals. 

    However, Kenya’s glorious moment was dogged by allegations ranging from mismanagement,  corruption and bribery and misappropriation of team uniforms provided by Nike, which were intended for athletes to wear during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics but got missing. Six officials were implicated in the scandal. It was also alleged that Team Kenya allowed unauthorized people to travel to Rio and some athletes were stranded in a shanty town in Rio.

    The Rio scandal not only tarnished Kenya’s name but left Kenyans in embarrassment and skepticism that boiled over to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In January 2021, The National Olympics Committee Kenya (NOCK), which had an uphill task in getting back in Kenya’s good books, issued a statement resolving to deliver a well managed, well financed, and best resourced Kenya team for 2020. The aim, they stated, was to have over 100 athletes participating in the 2020 games later postponed to 2021.

    Kenya in Tokyo

    According to the official Olympics website, the National Olympics Committee Kenya had 87 athletes across nine disciplines; however, the team Kenya website listed 110 athletes. The International Olympics Committee permits a maximum number of 3 entries for individual events per country. Nonetheless, both websites do not list the total number of officials that formed the Team Kenya and Delegation for Tokyo. 

    A screenshot of NOC Entries – Team Kenya 

    In adherence to COVID-19 protocols, athletes and officials had to travel in batches. The first batch of Team Kenya, based on news reports, left Kenya on 6 July 2021 and consisted of the chef de mission, Waithaka Kioni and chief executive Officer, Wangui Kibe alongside athletes’ representative, Humphrey Kayange and COVID-19 liaison officer Susan Adhiambo. The rest of Team Kenya departed between 9 July and 2 August, but there is no official record of the team Kenya’ delegation. 

    Dubawa made efforts to reach the COVID-19 liaison office for clarification on the claim but the liaison office has not responded as of press time.

    Conclusion

    No evidence supports the claim that Kenya took 87 athletes and 90 officials to the Olympics, a ratio of 1:1, whereas China took 200 athletes and 20 officials, a ratio of 1:10. From the Official Team Kenya website, the team had 110 athletes, but we cannot verify the information on the officials. China, on the other hand, took 431 athletes and 146 officials. 

  • Why Facebook is more popular than Twitter in Kenya: A user perspective

    I first heard about Facebook from a childhood friend, at the time we had not been in contact ever since we graduated from primary school and transitioned to high school. I was excited about the idea of keeping in touch with a very good friend. This was in 2009. Five years before this time, Facebook had launched in the United States of America. 

    My friend would go through the hard work of setting up the account, sending me the login details and then a few tips to navigate the platform. Weeks later, I returned to school without giving much thought to the platform. When the holidays came, I went back to the platform to explore it in detail, learning how to update my status, add friends, upload photos, poke people and use the live chat, gradually it grew on me.

    My encounter with Twitter is very much similar to that of Facebook, I learnt about it through friends who sold it as a platform where we could connect with celebrities. And we would all wake up to chirp  ‘Good Morning’ to Lady Gaga and all our pop idols. I later abandoned my Twitter account and stuck to Facebook, this was the case for my friends too. To Kenyans, this is no surprise.

    The 140 characters, which I later learnt was technical limitation rather than an intentional choice, partly driven by the 160 character limit of SMS. As a young adult, I wanted a platform where I could express myself without limitations. With Facebook, I could have long-form posts, share photos, join groups and follow pages of my favourite celebrities amongst other things. Part of the reason Facebook took off in a wider audience, I believe, of course not overlooking the work and effort to market it.

    What’s more, as a society (Kenya and the rest of the world) we are inherently social and Facebook found a way to digitize what people do – keeping a circle of friends, expressing themselves and sharing their best memories. Facebook postulates its purpose as connecting people with their personal networks including friends and family. Twitter on the other hand is a much more detached connection basically centred around real-time changing conversations. 

    Moreover, the market in Kenya was taking shape with rising broadband availability and Internet participation by an increasingly diverse audience. Here are some reasons Facebook is the choice social media platform for many Kenyans.

    Everyone and their mothers are on Facebook. 

    Facebook may not have been the first social media platform in Kenya, we had myspace at some point, but it is by far the most popular accounting for over 8 million users as of January 2020. 

    Despite a 6.8 percent decline in users compared to 2019, Statista reports that Facebook was the most frequently used social media platform in Kenya as of 2020 with Twitter coming in fourth after Youtube and Instagram.

    At some point, everyone with a smartphone and a liking for social media has had a Facebook account.  

    Facebook For Business

    Kenyans are known for their business acumen and Facebook Business Pages made it easier for people to discover and interact with brands online, setting the premise for online shops. 

    In 2008, Facebook launched Pages, a sort of mini-website within Facebook where businesses could post goods and services and users could like, comment, share and even get notifications when the business posted anything new. 

    Individuals could easily sell goods and services online without having to incur the inhibitive expense of brick and mortar shops. Going as far as utilizing Facebook groups as marketplaces, whether this was the intended purpose for the groups notwithstanding. But, Kenyans are known for their ingenuity. 

    Facebook has gone even further to create tailored products for and campaigns such as Boost with Facebook in Kenya (and 14 other African countries) so to tap into the fast-growing market

    Facebook Free Mode

    The Facebook free Mode is a lightweight version of Facebook where one can post, comment, and like posts without a connection to the internet. It allows people to flexibly move between two modes, free and paid data.The free mode however denies users access to media posts, snippets, videos, and featured clips. 

    The service is enabled by local mobile network-providing companies and is part of an ambitious effort to bring hundreds of millions of people around the world online. 

    Facebook Ads

    By combining how people communicate and a robust set of targeting tools, Facebook ad platform launched in 2007 transformed the advertising landscape. Twitter’s ad platform was launched in Kenya as recently as 2015.

    Leveraging on user data generated from users’ interests (through liking of pages) and sharing of personal information such as employment type or location, amongst others Facebook’s ad platform became incredibly useful for businesses both big and small. Facebook would link ads to specific (and targeted) audiences creating a minegold for advertisers. 

    Additionally, the versatility of ad options, photos, videos, carousels allowed advertisers to do more for less in one place. Buttressed by a string of other inventions that made advertising online easy, Facebook would dominate digital advertising, raking in as much as $28.5 billion revenue in 2020 worldwide.

    Versatile Features

    While Twitter is catching up to some of the features offered on Facebook such as live-streaming and spaces (equivalent to Facebook rooms), admittedly, Facebook has far more features with plenty even unbeknownst to many users. 

    Facebook remains the go-to place for blog-like posts, market-places, group discussions, job boards, royalty free music, and more.

    Conclusion

    Although Facebook is the largest and most popular in Kenya, Twitter’s strength is real-time dissemination of information. No other social platform comes close on this front. 

    Twitter has carved a niche as a breaking news source, a major tool in social activism and serves as a wider pulse of the world and what’s happening within it. In this sense, Twitter remains unmatched. 

  • False! Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta Twitter account not suspended because of Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest

    CLAIM: Twitter suspends Kenya’s President account over Nnamdi Kanu arrest 

    The claims that the account of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta got suspended after Biafrans reported it over the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu is false

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    A Twitter user CorrectBN with handle @correctbn in a tweet on July 1, 2021, claims the account of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta got suspended after Biafrans reported it over the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.

    Kanu, the self-styled leader of outlawed movement, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which agitates for a separate state for ethnic Igbos in southeast Nigeria, has been labelled a terrorist organization by the Nigerian government.

    The IPOB leader, who was facing charges bordering on treasonable felony following his campaign for the secession of Republic of Biafra, had jumped bail in 2017 after a military action, code-named “Operation Python Dance”, targeted his family house in Abia state 

    His arrest was announced by Nigeria’s justice minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), who said it was done in collaboration with INTERPOL. 

    Verification 

    To verify this claim Dubawa began by conducting a search on the microblogging platform Twitter to find out if the account truly existed, which returned a series of parody accounts carrying Kenya’s president name and picture.

    However, a Google search revealed a story published in March 23 2019 about the President temporarily deactivating his social media accounts due to what it termed infiltration by unauthorised individuals.

    Screenshot of the news on news.cn 

    According to Twitter, when you deactivate your account, it is possible to restore your account for up to 30 days after deactivation. 

    A further search on the handle in question @UKenyatta reveals that it was a parody account created in March 2020 almost a year after the government announced the deactivation of the President Twitter account. This simply means that the username was available and someone took advantage by making a parody out of it.

    Screenshot of news on the return of the Twitter account 

    Also, in November 2020 President Kenyatta while talking about deactivating his personal Twitter account which reported by Arise tv says he would rather talk to his wife and sleep, because he always gets angered by the insults on Twitter and couldn’t sleep.

    Screenshot of Arise news website with the story 

    The Kenyan President’s personal twitter account had more than three million followers before it was deactivated and his administration now uses a verified State House account @StateHouseKenya, which has over one million followers.

    Screenshot of Twitter handle of State of Kenya

    Conclusion 

    The claims that the account of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta got suspended after Biafrans reported it over the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu is untrue as online resource material shows that the Kenyan President has deactivated his Twitter since 2019 and the suspended was a fake account of the President created in March 2020. 

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the 2021 Kwame Karikari Fact-checking Fellowship partnership with Sobi 101.9 FM to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • EndSARS photo used to paint narrative Kenyans protest in solidarity with Nigerians

    Claim: A Twitter user shared an image claiming Kenyans stood with Nigerians during the June 12 protest.

    The Twitter post depicting this image as that of Kenyans standing with Nigerians during the June 12 protest is false and misleading as the picture is from the 2020 EndSARS protest in Abuja.

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    Claims are still pouring in after the June 12 protest on Nigeria’s Democracy Day. One of such claims sent to us for verification was a Twitter post by Free Mdude (@_iAlen) claiming Kenyans stood with Nigerians during the June 12 protest. This post contained the image of a group of protesters holding up the Nigerian flag.

    KENYANS standing with NIGERIANS during #June12thProtest in NAIROBI.”

    Excerpt of @_iAlen’s TwitterTwitter post caption.

    Screenshot of the Twitter post 

    The post, which  was made on June 12, 2020, had generated 147 comments, 6,175 retweets and 9,026  as of Monday June 14, 2021.

    Verification

    Dubawa first tried to trace the Twitter post by @_iAlen in the screenshot shared with us and found it. Afterward, Dubawa conducted a Twitter search which led to other Twitter posts. One post by God’s Jewel (@linaeyen) making reference to @_iAlen’s post, made the same claim.

    Screenshot of the Twitter post by @linaeyin.

    Another Twitter user Naija PR Assistant (@starblog3a1) also shared a post using the same image with a similar claim.

    KENYANS standing with NIGERIANS during #June12thProtest in NAIROBI thanks so much together freedom is assured” 

    Excerpt of @starblog3a1’s Twitter post caption

    Screenshot of Twitter post by @starblog3a1.

    Dubawa then conducted a google reverse image search which led to a report by Premium Times with the image during the October 2020 EndSARS protest.

    Screenshot of Premium Times report.

    Also, a close look at the image showed the image bore the name tag of Premium Times reporter, Kabir Yusuf. Dubawa, therefore, reached out to Mr Yusuf to confirm the location and time of the image.

    Mr Yusuf confirmed he took the image during the EndSARS protest in Abuja.

    “It is not accurate. I took the picture during the EndSARS protests in Abuja.”

    Excerpt of Mr Yusuf’s response.

    Conclusion

    The Twitter post depicting this image as that of Kenyans standing with Nigerians during the June 12 protest is false and misleading as the picture is from the 2020 EndSARS protest in Abuja.

  • Fake social media accounts use Trump as signifier for trash talk

    A twitter post, reposted on the Facebook page RADIO BIAFRA LONDON, claims that President of the United States, Donald Trump, called Kenya Corrupt and Nigeria the devil. 

    FALSE. The said twitter account is fake and not the real account of the president of the United States.

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    A Facebook user, Okeke Nelson, on the Radio Biafra London page, put up a twitter post alleged to be from the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

    The post reads, “I said KENYA is a very corrupt country in AFRICA and left out NIGERIA because when you are counting evil people, you don’t count the DEVIL.” 

    The post which came live on Twitter on August 21, garnered over 350 retweets, 1700 likes and many comments. While that on the Facebook page – Radio Biafra London has garnered over 1,200 likes as of Tuesday.

    The Twitter account has 1,414 followers while the Facebook page radio Biafra London has 1.5 million members 

    While few persons are aware the said account is fake, many others fell for the parody account according to the following comments: 

    Verification

    A close look at the twitter handle of the posted account shows it is a fake account, because the original twitter handle of President Donald Trump is verified. However, the said fake account is unverified.  A search on twXplorer directed the post to an account named @Trump_Donald01. This further exposed the deceptive account because the real account of the US president is @realDonaldTrump and not @Trump_Donald01.

    A further search revealed that the owner of the account has now changed the name of the account to THE REALEST but various comments on the said post tagging @Trump_Donald01 still redirected the researcher back to THE REALEST.  The name change of the parody account happened not long after the tweet went viral.

    To avoid such deception, Dubawa has re-presented below the original account of the president of the United States, the marked area shows the account as verified. 

    Conclusion

    The post is false and cannot be attributed to the president of the United States since no evidence supports the claim. It is a fake account intended to mislead and misinform the public. 

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the Dubawa 2020 Fellowship partnership with Sparkling 92.3 FM to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

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