FACT-CHECK: Image of 2 Youths Arrested in Owo with Bundles of Naira is Fake

CLAIM:

At the peak of the Ondo Governorship election on Saturday, October 10, 2020, a Twitter user, Ifedolapo Osun, (@DolapoOsun1414) posted an image claiming that youths in Owo had arrested some leaders of the All Progressives Congress with cash worth millions of naira.

The image posted by Ifedolapo shows two youths displayed with bundles of cash on the floor.

The tweet was captioned, ‘’ #OndoDecides2020 Exposed! Akeredolu/APC suffers stepback in Owo as vigilant youths arrested APC leaders with cash worth millions of naira…. ‘’

FACT:

Verification by fact-checkers of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) shows that the image is false. This said image posted by the Twitter user was not taken in Ondo State.

The results from reverse image search performed by CDD fact-checkers show that the image had been used by multiple online platforms.

Also, on October 2, 2020, the Niger State Police Command posted the same image on its official Facebook page.

The same image was also used by the AIT on October 3, 2020, in a news report with the headline, ‘’Police arrest 4 suspects for various offences in Niger State’’

CONCLUSION

The image being shared on Twitter with the claim that youths arrested APC leaders with cash worth millions of naira is false. The image is not from Ondo State as claimed by the Twitter user.

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

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

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