Since Monday, July 13 2020, several online blogs in Nigeria have consistently published an image claiming it is Ikoyi Cemetery where monies belonging to suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was discovered.
Some of the reports claimed the amount found was $150 million.
The images used were altered to include operatives of the anti-corruption agency. The same image was used in April 2017 to make a similar claim by several online blogs.
Also, an investigation by the Centre for Democracy for Development (CDD) fact-checkers show that while the original images were not shot in Nigeria.
For instance, one of the original images showing people at the Batu Arang cemetery was shot in Malaysia while a photograph of someone standing on bundles of money is from a grave in Ecuador.
A report by Eluniverso said the Ecuadorian National Police officials excavated bundles of millions of dollars hidden by some drug barons in a cemetery.
According to the report and a video on YouTube, the money recovered by the Ecuadorian Police officers from the cemetery is $12,000,000.
The image was altered to substantiate the false story.
Checks by CDD fact-checkers show that the pictures of the EFCC operatives were merged with that of Ecuadorian National Police officials in a cemetery excavating bundles of millions of dollars hidden by some drug barons.
Also, a search on Google shows that, in April 2017 when the images first went viral, the EFCC through it verified official page @officialEFCC, tweeted that the photo was a “digital manipulation” and the image is not from the commission.
‘’That was digital manipulation. It’s not from us. Please ignore it.’’ The EFCC tweeted.
Further checks by CDD fact-checkers show that no credible source reported the claim. Most of the sources are sources well known to CDD for spreading disinformation and misinformation.
No money belonging to Ibrahim Magu was found in Ikoyi cemetery. The used by online blogs were manipulated for disinformation.
CDD, therefore, urges members of the public to always verify all information before disseminating them.
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