VERDICT: Misleading Headline
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”
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.
Checks by the Centre revealed that the online newspaper had cast its headline misleading readers that the current governor of the Zamfara State has been arrested while in actual sense, the body of the story talks about the former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari.
Further investigations on the claim revealed that Abdulaziz Yari, was on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, invited by the EFCC. The former governor was later detained over allegations of illegal financial dealings during his tenure as the governor of Zamfara State.
The claim by GoldennewsNg that the Governor of Zamfara State was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission is misleading.
EFCC did not arrest the sitting Governor Bello Matawalle but invited Zamfara State’s former Governor, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, who was further detained by the commission over alleged illegal financial dealings.
CDD is urging the general public to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.
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