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    COVID-19: Medical kits from Jack Ma not contaminated, says Lai

COVID-19: Medical kits from Jack Ma not contaminated, says Lai

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says the COVID-19 kits donated to Nigeria by Jack Ma, Chinese billionaire, are not contaminated.  Mohammed decried the spread of fake news on coronavirus across social media platforms. Speaking at the presidential task force (PTF) media briefing on Thursday, he said fake news constitutes a distraction to ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the [...]

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    FAKE NEWS ALERT: FG is NOT paying Nigerians N30,000 ‘coronavirus relief’

FAKE NEWS ALERT: FG is NOT paying Nigerians N30,000 ‘coronavirus relief’

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, says the report that Nigerians with bank verification number (BVN) will be given N30,000 as relief fund is false.  The report, which went viral on Friday, said Adesina issued a statement to that effect.  The said amount was to help Nigerians “stock up their home during the stay-at-home order by the government”. As a way of reducing the spread [...]

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    Covid-19 and the fake news virus

Covid-19 and the fake news virus

Have you heard the news? If you chew heaps of garlic, gulp litres of chloroquine, drink water every 15 minutes, stay in saunas for one hour, take hot bath every two hours, stop eating ice creams, swallow vitamin C tablets every minute, slurp bowls of lemon water at every opportunity, and smoke marijuana more than Fela, Bob Marley and Peter [...]

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    FAKE NEWS ALERT: AIT denies reporting ‘Uber driver fled coronavirus isolation’

FAKE NEWS ALERT: AIT denies reporting ‘Uber driver fled coronavirus isolation’

AIT has denied a report attributed to it that one Adewale Isaac Olorogun, said to be an Uber driver, picked up the Italian who tested positive to coronavirus in Lagos. According to a message widely circulated on social media, the purported Uber driver, who has reportedly contracted the virus, refused to be quarantined and threatened to spread the disease if the Ogun state [...]

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    FAKE NEWS ALERT: Herdsmen are not killing people on Benin-Ore road

FAKE NEWS ALERT: Herdsmen are not killing people on Benin-Ore road

A video claiming that herdsmen killed people along Benin-Ore road in Edo state has been confirmed to be false. The two-minute 39 seconds video showed stranded people and a queue of cars along the expressway. The person who made the video had claimed that people were stranded because herdsmen killed residents of Igbogi village along the expressway. "The machetes Fulani herdsmen carried were [...]

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    Buhari NOT embarking on 20-day UK vacation, says Femi Adesina

Buhari NOT embarking on 20-day UK vacation, says Femi Adesina

The presidency has debunked the rumour that President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to travel to the United Kingdom and some foreign countries. In a statement on Monday, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, said there are reports making the rounds that the president would spend 20 days in the UK and proceed to Saudi Arabia, then Austria. Adesina [...]

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    Kperogi: I’m one of the reasons thousands of Buhari’s media trolls were employed

Kperogi: I’m one of the reasons thousands of Buhari’s media trolls were employed

Farooq Kperogi, an associate professor of journalism in the US, says he is one of the reasons why the Buhari Media Centre (BMC) was established. In a series of posts on Twitter on Thursday, the critic of Buhari described himself as an employer of labour in the country. He alleged that millions of people with fake social media accounts were employed [...]

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    Farooq Kperogi, Buhari critic, in Twitter storm over fake news on Dasuki

Farooq Kperogi, Buhari critic, in Twitter storm over fake news on Dasuki

Farooq Kperogi, an associate professor of journalism in the US, currently has a meltdown on Twitter over controversial news item he shared in the past. The professor had shared a news item which said Sambo Dasuki, a former national security adviser (NSA), died in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS). After Dasuki was released on Tuesday, some Twitter users, [...]

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    FAKE NEWS ALERT: Is Orji Kalu begging Abba Kyari in this photo as claimed? No!

FAKE NEWS ALERT: Is Orji Kalu begging Abba Kyari in this photo as claimed? No!

A picture of Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia state, kneeling down alongside Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, is circulating online. In a message shared on social media particularly on Whatsapp, Kalu, who was recently convicted of fraud, was said to be begging Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff, to be pardoned of his crime. The plea is [...]

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    Panic in US over fake news of ‘kidnappers in white vans’ on Facebook

Panic in US over fake news of ‘kidnappers in white vans’ on Facebook

Unverified Facebook posts about kidnappers in white vans have sparked panic across major US states. According to CNN, some Facebook users made a series of posts about men driving white vans to kidnap women across the US. Some of the posts, which have gone viral, said the kidnappers sell the body parts of their victims or traffic them for sex. Reacting to the [...]

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    FG won’t allow hate speech become free speech, says Lai

FG won’t allow hate speech become free speech, says Lai

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says the federal government will not allow hate speech become free speech. Mohammed was speaking on the plan of the government to regulate social media. On Tuesday, the minister said many Nigerians have asked the government to sanitise the social media space. Speaking at the annual lecture of FRCN in Abuja on Thursday, he said only [...]

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    Umahi sacks social media aide over ‘misinformation’

Umahi sacks social media aide over ‘misinformation’

David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has sacked Ndubuisi Itumo, his technical assistant on social media, for allegedly misleading the public. This was contained in a statement signed by Ugbala Igwe, secretary to the state government. In September, Umahi approved the appointment of 180 aides to serve as executive assistants (EA), senior technical assistants (STA), and assigned 68 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) [...]

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    Soyombo, Nwanze, Tijani to speak at Goethe-Institut conference on fake news

Soyombo, Nwanze, Tijani to speak at Goethe-Institut conference on fake news

'Fisayo Soyombo, pioneer editor at TheCable; Lolade Nwanze, editorial manager at The Guardian Nigeria digital department, will be speaking at the Goethe-Institut Nigeria conference on fake news.  Victor Mathias, Channels Television anchor and producer; Mayowa Tijani, business and development editor at TheCable; and David Ajikobi, Nigeria editor of Africa Check, will also be facilitating sessions at the event. The Goethe-Institut Nigeria says it is revving up plans to [...]

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    FAKE NEWS ALERT! No bridge collapsed along Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road 

FAKE NEWS ALERT! No bridge collapsed along Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road 

The federal ministry of works and housing says there is no incidence of a collapsed bridge along the Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road stretching from Niger to Kwara state.  The ministry, in a statement on Monday and signed by its spokesperson, Stephen Kilebi, said the public should disregard news making the rounds as their engineer in Niger state confirmed the Tatabu Bridge, especially, to [...]

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    Lai: Fake videos of attacks on Nigerians in SA in circulation

Lai: Fake videos of attacks on Nigerians in SA in circulation

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has alerted Nigerians to the spread of fake videos of purported attacks on citizens in South Africa. He said some people are using fake news to foment mayhem in the country. The minister said this on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja in reaction to the reprisal attacks against South African-owned businesses in the [...]

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    Let’s talk about ‘fake news’

Let’s talk about ‘fake news’

In the middle of the 2nd World War in 1941, the Johannesburg Star published an editorial which accused Hendrik Verwoerd of “falsifying war news in Germany’s favour.” Verwoerd was the editor of Die Transvaler, the mouthpiece of the Broederbond. Born originally in Amsterdam to Dutch parents in 1901, Verwoerd migrated with his parents to South Africa in 1902, receiving his [...]

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