On Monday, September 14, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted several Facebook posts and tweets claiming that CCTV footage showing two men attacking a woman holding a handbag is from Kano.
The posts written in Hausa claimed the men who alighted from a motorcycle and threatened a woman with a knife were arrested after CCTV cameras installed by the Kano State Government captured footage of the incident.
Among those who shared the claim on Twitter is the Special Adviser on Media to the Kano State Governor, Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai in his tweet said: “The 1st arrest has been made using the CCTV installed all over Kano metropolis by the admin of H.E @GovUmarGanduje, even before the project is fully commissioned. Thugs using a knife attacked a lady and the police picked them up through the CCTV. #AikiTill2023.”
The same tweet was shared and amplified by another aide of the Kano State Governor, Faizu Alfindiki.
Yakasai has since deleted the tweet.
Another post was made by Sani Saye Yusuf (screenshot attached below) in Hausa said: “In his bid to address street theft and robbery in Kano state, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has provided CCTV cameras. Now now the cameras have captured a scene showing youth that carries arms and rob people of the valuables. The youth have snatched a lady’s bag not knowing they were being captured. Kudos to Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Nigerian Police”
An investigation by CDD fact-checkers shows that the footage widely shared on Facebook and Twitter were not captured by CCTV cameras installed the Kano State government as claimed.
Our investigation showed that the clips emanated from Niamey in the Niger Republic. Damagaram Post had earlier reported an incident of handbag snatching by a young man who threatening a woman with a sharp knife.
The news blog in its post published on Monday, September 14, 2020, urged the people in Niamey to share the clips widely in order to help security operatives arrest the attacker.
The report also indicated that the incident happened at Hama Mell Residence on Koira Kano street in the Nigerien capital Niamey.
To corroborate their still footage, Damagaram Post also uploaded a video of the incident 48 minutes after their earlier update.
The footages of a man attacking a woman with a knife were not captured by CCTV cameras installed by the Kano State government as widely claimed.
CDD’s investigation has shown that the incident took place in Niamey and not Kano state, Nigeria as widely reported on social media.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can also forward suspicious messages for verification via WhatsApp to +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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