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CDD Fact-Check Report_CDD Fact Checks Fake News Alleging Exchange of Threats Between Nigeria and Israel

 

CDD Fact-Check Report

FACT CHECK: Fake News Alleging Exchange of Threats Between Nigeria and Israel

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has closely observed the barrage of twitter claims and counter claims in the past three days, attributing various inflammatory remarks to Nnamdi Kanu, the Indigenous People of Biafra leader, the Nigerian Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. These remarks escalated on Saturday, 20th October when a blog called Biafra Fact News ( https://bit.ly/2CvKwii ) spread the news that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to destroy Aso Rock beyond repair if Nnamdi Kanu was touched.

The site claimed that the Israeli prime minister had tweeted in Hebrew: “@Lai-Mohammed your threat is laughable. Watch your statement and be guided” #Jerusalem #Sacrosanct. The site also claimed there was a second tweet thus; “@Nigeriagovernment, @Lai-Mohammed touch #Nnamdikanu in #Jerusalem and #Israel will bring #AsoRock to ashes.”

The blog has been producing a steady stream of content that is clearly designed to agitate and has been the foundation of what has become a constant stream of viral tweets around supposed threats and counter-threats of attack coming from Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Nigerian Minister of Information) and Benjamin Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister) respectively.

CDD Fact Checkers followed up to verify the claim that Lai Mohammed issued a “48 hour ultimatum to Israel for the repatriation of Nnamdi Kanu,” and found the claim to be FALSE. Our monitors similarly fact-checked the claim on twitter that Netanyahu threatened he will destroy Aso Rock if Nnamdi Kanu is touched. This claim was also found to be false. The two claims and the stories emanating from them are fabrications designed to stir up tensions and emotions. CDD calls on the public, especially on social media to be wary and very circumspect with content being shared to avoid the spread of fake news, misinformation and disinformation.

Signed:

Idayat Hassan

Director

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