VERDICT: False and Misleading
CLAIM: On Sunday, June 14, 2020, Agba Jalingo, freelance journalist and blogger, tweeted a picture on his twitter handle @agbajalingo_ with the caption, ‘’Hon. Daniel Ukpera of the Benue State HOA donates brand new colourful ropes to his community to help tie their goats.’’
Attached to the post were different photographs of Daniel Ukpera and some members of the community holding their goats with the ropes.
Several online blogs in Africa, including Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, and Ghana, reported the story.
The tweet by Jalingo at the time of writing this report has been retweeted by over 1,400 Twitter users and liked 1,200 times. It has also generated 616 comments.
However, CDD investigation shows that Daniel Ukpera is not a member of the Benue State House of Assembly as falsely tweeted by Agba Jalingo.
CDD checks also showed that Ukpera had contested in the last election for Guma State Constituency seat in the Benue State House of Assembly Election under the platform of the Labour Party but lost it to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contestant.
Mr. Daniel Ukpera is not a member of the Benue State House of Assembly, as claimed by Mr. Agba’s viral tweet.
While media houses have reported the correct information, Mr. Agba Jalingo, who was the first to report the story is yet to correct or retract his viral story rife with false claims.
This CDD is urging media practitioners, editors, and members of the public to verify all information before sharing.