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First stop – Did Pope Francis cancel the Bible as claimed by Facebook users?
A HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/1298048561/posts/10221086567816011/?d=n” \t “/Users/ekeneodigwe/Documents\\x/_blank”Facebook post by Nathan Kuma claims Pope Francis, as part of his reform, has cancelled the Bible and proposed creating a new book.
According to Kuma, this is because the pope believes the Bible is outdated and in need of change.
To verify we followed the YouTube link and watched the video and observed that this four minutes five seconds video posted with the caption “Faith and Reform in the Catholic Church from The Vatican: A Wholly Roman Empire”, did not address the topic of the Bible and the need for its change.
The video’s focus was on how Rome remains the heart of catholicism and a keyword search led to fact-checks, and, debunking of this claim.
Next, is a message on WhatsApp claiming that INEC permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) registered in 2011 are no longer valid and must be revalidated.
Remember in January 2022, INEC HYPERLINK “https://www.sunnewsonline.com/inec-dismisses-expiration-of-previously-issued-voters-cards/” \t “/Users/ekeneodigwe/Documents\\x/_blank” dismissed claims by Nigerian presidential aspirant that previously issued voters’ cards had expired.
“PVCs issued to all previously registered voters remain valid,” it said.
According to INEC eligible voters should not register more than once as card readers will still function in the 2023 election
The WhatsApp message was “false and should be ignored”, PVCs are issued by the elections agency.
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Did Nigeria’s Covid cases jump 45% in the first nine days of April 2022?
A HYPERLINK “https://thenationonlineng.net/nigerias-covid-19-cases-rise-by-45-per-cent-in-nine-days/” \t “/Users/ekeneodigwe/Documents\\x/_blank”report in the Nation, a national newspaper in Nigeria, has claimed that Covid-19 cases in the country increased 45% from 1 to 9 April 2022.
The 11 April article cited data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and said new cases increased from 182 to 265 in the period.
Are these numbers correct?
On 12 April the NCDC director-general Ifedayo Adetifa HYPERLINK “https://authorityngr.com/2022/04/12/ncdc-debunks-alleged-45-increase-in-covid-19-cases/” \t “/Users/ekeneodigwe/Documents\\x/_blank”told journalists the news reports were inaccurate. The said Data does not support the newspaper’s percentage
The disease control centre publishes Covid-19 data in weekly and daily updates.
The number of new infections recorded on 31 March and 1 April was published on 2 April. According to the data, 53 new Covid cases, not the 182 cases reported by The Nation newspaper.
The number of cases recorded in the preceding week was 172.
From 2 to 11 April, the total number of cases HYPERLINK “https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1513663931969069067” \t “/Users/ekeneodigwe/Documents\\x/_blank”recorded was 165, not the 265 cases reported by the news organization.
Therefore Nigeria’s number of Covid cases did not increase by 45% – it reduced from 172 to 165.
As of 19 April 2022, Nigeria had conducted 5,036,813 tests for Covid, with 255,633 HYPERLINK “https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/” \t “/Users/ekeneodigwe/Documents\\x/_blank”confirmed cases and 3,142 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
When in doubt, visit NCDC’s official website and social media verified pages.
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Does Video show recent Gun Fight Between Army and Bandits?
A video forwarded many times on WhatsApp shows military troops beside dead bandits after a recent gun fight.
The claim is FALSE
Earlier in September, there were reports that no fewer than 50 bandits were killed with atleast 20 soldiers dead in a clash in Kundu village near Zungeru in Wushishi, Niger State.
It was learnt that seven other soldiers and five vigilantes sustained varying degrees of gunshot injuries. This comes after a recent attack on troops and the crash of a Nigerian Air Force helicopter.
The video being shared had the caption “Bandits killed after gun battle with army in Kundu along Zungeru Tegina road.”
A voice was heard saying most of the terrorists were not more than fifteen years old and some looked like foreigners.
Using InVid video verification tool, the result showed that the video is an old clip from 2021 when Nigerian troops killed Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) commanders and destroyed their training bases at Lake Chad.
Several fact checking agencies, including the DailyTrust, have announced that the video claim is FALSE.
Did Wike Order the demolition of Jabi Motor Park?
Following his press conference on assumption of office as the minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike has been quoted to have ordered the demolition of Jabi Motor park in Abuja.
The claim is FALSE
One of the sources of the claim is from a one minute-twenty-seven-seconds video shared on Tik-Tok and forwarded many times on WhatsApp
According to a report by Daily Trust, someone speaking in the Hausa language was heard lamenting that “Everyone in Nigeria knows Jabi Park and today the government has ordered its demolition. Our shops have been demolished and our business burned.” However, Daily Trust debunked the claim and confirmed from those at the park that there is neither ongoing demolition or notification of such at the Jabi park and there had been none in 2023.
Still Several statements continued to be shared on social media and blogs supporting the claim.
Verifying the video using a Google reverse image, results revealed that the video was from 2020 when the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) ordered the demolition of illegal shops in the Jabi Motor Park.
The claim that the FCT minister Nyesom Wike had ordered demolition of Jabi Motor Park is false.