On April 4, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim published by a blog that Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited and Nigerian civil society leader, Innocent Chukwuma, is dead.
The blog post claimed that close friends of Chukwuma indicated that he was diagnosed with acute Myeloid Leukaemia, an aggressive cancer of the blood.
Also, a photograph of the automobile businessman was used on the post for emphasis.
The CEO of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited, Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma is not dead as claimed by the blog.
An investigation by CDD also reveals that Chief Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma was never the leader of Nigerian civil society as reported but an automobile businessman.
A further check showed that the report was a case of mistaken identity as one of Nigeria’s civil society leaders, and Director of Ford Foundation West Africa, Innocent Chukwuma, died on Saturday, April 3, 2021. The civil society leader was mistaken as Chief Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma CEO of Innoson.
CDD can confirm that the report that the CEO of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited and Nigerian civil society leader, Innocent Chukwuma, is dead is misleading.
The CDD urges members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.
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