CDD NEWSLETTER FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 25, 2021

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With our weekly newsletter, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) aims to inform the public about the work we do and build their capacity in countering disinformation which has become a grave concern to well-meaning citizens. For this past week, this newsletter showcases claims and narratives fact-checked by the Centre which include; the claim that Nigeria’s currency is now the weakest in Africa, eight people were arrested in Kano state for not observing the Ramadan fast, the EFCC arrested the Zamfara State Governor and viral image of NBA protest banner reading ‘Autotomy’.

On April 21, 2020, fact-checkers CDD spotted a trending report with the headline, Nigerian Naira fast becoming the weakest currency in Africa.

The claim which was widely shared on social media including WhatsApp groups gave a breakdown of the value of the Naira to currencies of 25 other African countries. It claimed the Nigerian naira is weaker than these other currencies including the Angolan Kwanza, Madagascar’s Ariary and the Sudanese Pound.

According to the report, the Angolan 1Kwanza is equal to ₦12, Madagascar’s  1Ariary is equal to ₦14 and the Sudanese 1Pound is  ₦42. These and 22 other countries’ currencies were compared to the Naira.

Checks by CDD fact-checkers showed that the claim made in the piece which has been widely shared is misleading.

Our fact-checkers reviewed currency values of the country compared in the claim with that of Nigeria and the review showed that the Kwanza is currently at 1 to N0.58 as opposed to ₦12;  the Ariary is 1 to 0.10 Naira as opposed to ₦14 and the Sudanese Pound is 1 to 1 Naira as opposed to ₦42 stated in the report.

Read the full fact-check here

Did EFCC Arrest Zamfara State Governor?

On Wednesday 21, April 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim published by an online newspaper, GoldennewsNg, that the governor of Zamfara State has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

The claim reads “Just in: EFCC Arrest Governor of Zamfara State-see reason”

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An investigation carried out by CDD on the report shows that the claim is misleading as the governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has not been arrested by the EFCC.

Read the full fact-check here

Viral Image of NBA Protest Banner Reading ‘Autotomy’ Was Photoshopped

An image circulating on Twitter, WhatsApp, and Facebook shows that the Nigerian Bar Association misspelled the word ‘Autonomy’ as ‘Autotomy’ on a banner used for a protest by the Association’s, Abuja Chapter.

The banner carried by some members of the NBA during the protest where they made their support for judicial autonomy had the word “Autotomy” circled in red.

Findings by CDD show the image was photoshopped. A reverse image search done on the said image showed that it has not been used anywhere else online.

The CDD contacted the Chairperson of the Abuja Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, Hauwa Shekarau who described the “Autotomy” banner as doctored.

Shekarau also said that the banner was being shared by mischief-makers

Read the full fact-check here

Has Kano Police Banned Ramadan Traditional Street Drama (Tashe)?

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, reports that the Kano State Police has banned the annual traditional street drama popularly known as Tashe swamped the internet.

The report published by several organisations including Rahma TV said some bad eggs with the state are using the opportunity to commit heinous crimes.  

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The news that Kano State Police Command has banned this year’s traditional street drama popularly known as “Tashe” in Hausa is true. The command’s public relations officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa said the ban has not affected the traditional street drama performed by children.

The yearly traditional street drama popularly called “Tashe” in Hausa is performed when by children and other individuals to entertain the public.

Read the full fact-check here

Were 8 People Arrested By Kano Hisbah For Eating During Ramadan?

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, a story published by several online newspapers said that the Kano Hisbah Board had arrested eight people for not fasting during the 2021 Ramadan.

An investigation conducted by CDD shows that the report that eight people were arrested by the Kano State Hisbah Board is true.

Commander General of Kano Hisbah, Sheikh Muhammad Harun Ibnsina also confirmed the arrest. He said that those arrested found eating during the Ramadan period without any form of medical excuse.

Read the full fact-check

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