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The Claim of Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Beaten up for a Woman is not True.

Lahai Leema. Photo Credit: Sierra Network 2 mins read

Claim: Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Lahai Leema beaten up by an OSD guard because of his girlfriend.

From the analysis done on the images using the Google Reverse Image tool and its glaring explanation of the origin of the photos plus video evidence of the fighting claim clearly states that incidents are not connected to Sierra Leone and the Internal Affairs Minister.  It is therefore a false and misguided claim.

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An image circulating on Facebook claims Sierra Leone’s Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Lahai Lawrence Leema was beaten up by an OSD Police officer over a woman. The claim has two other images attached with one depicting a disfigured face of someone that has been severely beaten and punched with one of the eyes completely closed as a result of punches and the other attached photo shows two unrecognizable men fighting on a street and believed to be the incident between the OSD and the Minister. The statement added to the post in Krio translates in English as “ Leema you know very well your legs are not strong, now look at the damage that has been caused to your face by the OSD guard”.

Verification

As three images purports to be the minister of Internal Affairs in Sierra Leone- with one having the original photo of the Minister and others supporting the claim of an altercation and its outcome, Dubawa decided to have a verification done on the said claims to ascertain its veracity. The reverse image search was used and it identified the image with the punched face with that of Joshua Robinson. Joshua Robinson was an African American that was brutally manhandled by the US Police and severely beaten for allegedly breaking traffic rules in 2013.

The image of his brutalized face after the assault in 2013 flooded the internet as it was a case of police brutality and  Google Reverse was able to keep hold of it. This is the image that was attached to the post claiming it is that of Sierra Leone’s Deputy Internal Affairs Minister. The third image that shows two grown men fighting on a street according to Reverse Search happened somewhere in Nigeria as you can hear Yoruba from the background and Yoruba is not one of our local dialects in Sierra Leone; clearly stating that the photo was not taken here and the video of the fight from which the image was screenshot clearly exposes the face of the two men of which none is our Deputy Internal Affairs Minister of Sierra Leone.

Conclusion

From the analysis done on the images using the Google Reverse Image tool and its glaring explanation of the origin of the photos plus video evidence of the fighting claim clearly states that incidents are not connected to Sierra Leone and the Internal Affairs Minister.  It is therefore a false and misguided claim.

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