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Did Tukur Mamu Name Terrorists’ Sponsors?

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A post alleging that the Abuja-Kaduna train attack negotiator, Tukur Mamu, has named a former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Aliyu Gusau, and a former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, members of a syndicate sponsoring terrorism in Northern Nigeria has gone viral.

The post which quoted the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as the source of the story was posted on Facebook and other platforms. It had generated several comments and was shared over 100 times on Facebook alone as of the time of filing this report.

The now-viral post claiming that Mamu made the revelation during his interrogation by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) was also published by several blogs and online media outlets. *The claim is FALSE.

The Findings:

In verifying the claim, a Senior Editor with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the story did not emanate from the agency. A double check on NAN’s platform also showed that it was not posted there.

Similarly the spokesperson for the DSS, Peter Afunanya, only said the outcome of the investigation it carried out on Tukur Mamu was mind-boggling. He did not disclose any names as claimed in the Facebook post.

It should also be noted that no reputable media platforms carried the story, either online or in print.

Conclusion: 

The claim that Tukur Mamu mentioned former NSA, Gen. Aliyu Gusau, and ex-governor, Alh. Attahiru Bafarawa as sponsor of terrorism is false.

 

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Did Babangida warn Tinubu about military takeover?

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Did Babangida warn Tinubu about military takeover?

A video emerged where a radio station quoted former Nigeria military President Ibrahim Babangida as having warned President Tinubu about a military takeover.

The claim is FALSE

Babangida said he never issued a warning to President Tinubu about a potential military takeover of the presidency.

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida is a Nigerian retired general and statesman who served as military president of Nigeria from 1985 until his resignation in 1993.

The elder statesman said he would have used the appropriate channels to voice out if he has concerns as such instead of a public statement or social media.

The former President, through his media consultant, Deyemi Saka, dissociated himself from the purported warning.

CONCLUSION

The claim that Babangida warned Tinubu about a military takeover is FALSE.

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Did Ivory Coast Goalkeeper wear charms at AFCON Final?

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Did Ivory Coast Goalkeeper wear charms at AFCON Final?

Social media is buzzing with a video insinuating that the goalkeeper of Ivory Coast, Yahia Fofana, wore charms at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final against Nigeria.

The claim is FALSE

Ivory Coast emerged victorious on Sunday Feb. 11 against Nigeria defeating the Super Eagles 2-1.

The circulating video showed a goalkeeper with jersey number I6 and Name tag “ASC JARRAF”. The goal keeper had a black object strapped to his waist with a white rope.

 

Many Nigerians including former senator and activist, Shehu Sani, have reacted to the video on Twitter urging the International Football Federation (FIFA) to investigate the allegation of usage of “juju” (charm) by the goalkeeper of the Ivory Coast.

 

Checks showed that the player whose image is circulating with a charm tied to his back is not the Ivory Coast goalkeeper.

 

This is corroborated by the lineup for the AFCON final which revealed that the goalkeeper for Ivory Coast was Yahia Fofana and not the goalie in the viral video.

 

Yahia Fofana (born 21 August 2000) is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ligue 2 club Angers. He was born in France, but he plays for the Ivory Coast national team.

 

Further findings showed that the inscription on the jersey which shows ACF JARAAF (Association Sportive et Culturelle Jaraaf) is a Senegalese professional football club based in Dakar. They play in the top division in Senegalese football

CONCLUSION

 

The claim that the goalkeeper of Ivory Coast, Yahia Fofana, wore charms at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final against Nigeria is FALSE.

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WABMA Fake News Debunker Episode 79

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💥 WABMA Fake News Debunker Episode 79

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