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The Military DID NOT Arrest Armed Thugs Working for Governor Wike In Rivers

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CLAIM: A Twitter post claims that the military paraded some armed thugs who confessed to be working for Governor Nyesome Wike  

EVIDENCE: The General Officer Commanding Port Harcourt division of Army said it was not true. Also, a Google image reverse showed that it did not happen in Rivers State


On 26 of February, 2019, at about 6:16pm, a Twitter user, @ijaola_ibrahim posted pictures of some armed thugs arrested by the military. In his tweet, he claimed that the thugs were arrested in Rivers State and upon enquiry, they claimed to be working for the State Governor, Nyesome Wike.
We work for Nysome @GovWike…Armed Thugs arrested by the Military in Rivers State“, his tweet read
The tweet generated 92 retweet and was liked by 89 people. 
To verify this tweet, Dubawa did a quick reverse image of the pictures. It appeared that the pictures were first posted online on 25th of February, 2019 by a local newspaper,
The news outfit documented that the armed thugs were arrested in Bayelsa State and the headline reads: “Soldiers Kicks Off ‘Drilling’ On Political Thugs Arrested During Elections In Bayelsa (Photos)”.
To further substantiate our investigation, Dubawa also contacted the General Officer Commanding Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Major General Jamil Sarham.
While speaking with our team in a telephone interview, he disclosed that no thugs were arrested and no thugs confessed that they are working for the State Government.
The army dey [sic] no parade any thugs. No thugs confessed to be working for the Governor“, he said.
Considering the above evidence, it is NOT TRUE that the military arrested armed thugs who confessed to be working for the governor of the state.

Adejumo Kabir is a student journalist at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is a great researcher with many investigative journalism awards to his name. He loves community journalism and supports all aspects of public enlightenment. He has experience writing well-researched papers for online publications. He was Finalist for Best Student Fact Checker category of the African Fact Checking Awards, South Africa in 2018.

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