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FAKE NEWS ALERT: Viral video NOT of Boko Haram converting residents in Niger state

FAKE NEWS ALERT: Viral video NOT of Boko Haram converting residents in Niger state
May 02
16:28 2021

Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger, has debunked a purported video of Boko haram members converting residents of the state to Islam.

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In the viral video, many residents especially women could be seen gathered in what appeared to be a remote location.

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, shared it to his 970,000 followers on Twitter and wrote: “Boko Haram and ISWA forcefully converting people to Islam in the parts of Niger state that they have captured, conquered, occupied and flown their flag.”

Bello, however, disproved the claim, saying the video is not from Nigeria.

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TheCable also found that it emanated from Kolia, a town in Ivory Coast.

The governor said: “This widely shared video on social media is totally misleading and the work of those who wish to see the country up in flames. This video is an old video that does NOT even originate from Nigeria, talk more of Niger State.

“As citizens, we should rather use our vantage position to complement the peace efforts of the government than spread fake news, cause disunity, raise unnecessary alarm capable of causing disaffection among the peace-loving people of Niger State and Nigeria at large.”

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The viral video surfaced days after Boko Haram insurgents reportedly hoisted their flag in a community in Niger after sacking residents.

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1 Comment

  1. Bade
    Bade May 04, 00:29

    As far as I’m concern, the video is genuine and valid as Boko Haram has taken over and annexed Kaure community in Shiroro local government area of Niger State. The only way to debunk the videos circulating about the plight of citizens in Kaure community is for the governor to visit the community before Thursday and he should stay there for 8hrs to mingle and relate with the community members assuring them of protection and support. This is the same way Ali Modu Sheriff, allowed Boko Haram to grow into a Dragon in Bornu State. Why lied about the truth. Falsehood have no face.

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