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Viral footage shows robbery in Botswana, not Abuja highway as claimed

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Claim: Peterson Osita, a Facebook user, shared a video, purportedly showing a highway robbery in Abuja.

Viral footage shows robbery in Botswana, not Abuja highway as claimed

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Recently, a video allegedly showing a robbery on an Abuja highway began to make the rounds on Facebook. As drivers slowed down for the traffic light, a gang of five robbers jumped on the road from a nearby bush. They immediately launched attacks on the vehicles using unidentifiable objects, seizing valuables. This prompted other drivers to escape by reversing their cars.

“The frightening moment thugs waylaid folks waiting for the traffic light to turn green in Abuja. These days, life is ugly, nasty and brutish. We all should be very vigilant and extremely careful lest we fall into, or are caught up and mired into such a situation,” the claimant wrote.

While there do not seem to be many comments from users, the clip has since appeared on several Facebook accounts like this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.

Through 2023, and most especially in recent weeks, the security situation of Nigeria’s capital, the FCT, has been under threat, with several cases of robbery and kidnapping being reported. In these moments, DUBAWA has debunked similar claims as either false or misleading.

Whether true or not, a claim of this nature could increase the existing tension among residents. For that reason, DUBAWA opted to conduct this fact check.

Verification

Apart from the instance under verification, DUBAWA also found that this footage was shared on Facebook in 2022 to depict a robbery scene in Kenya.

We then conducted a reverse image search, and the results linked the source of this clip to a Feb. 14, 2022 announcement put out by the Botswana Police Service. In its Facebook post, the police shared a lengthier version of the footage, requesting that the public help identify a group of robbers who were wanted in connection with a robbery in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, on February 11, 2022.

Viral footage shows robbery in Botswana, not Abuja highway as claimed
The original video was put out by the Botswana Police. Photo Source: Facebook.

Conclusion

Findings show that the alleged robbery scene is linked to Botswana, not Abuja, as claimed.

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