FACT-CHECK: Viral Image of NBA Protest Banner Reading ‘Autotomy’ Was Photoshopped

VERDICT: Misleading

CLAIM: An image circulating on Twitter, WhatsApp, and Facebook shows that the Nigerian Bar Association misspelled the word ‘Autonomy’ as ‘Autotomy’ on a banner used for a protest by the Association’s, Abuja Chapter.

The banner carried by some members of the NBA during the protest where they made their support for judicial autonomy had the word “Autotomy” circled in red.

FACT:

Findings by CDD show the image was photoshopped. A reverse image search done on the said image showed that it has not been used anywhere else online.

The CDD contacted the Chairperson of the Abuja Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, Hauwa Shekarau who described the “Autotomy” banner as doctored.

Shekarau also said that the banner was being shared by mischief-makers.

She also forwarded copies of pictures and a video taken at the event using different devices and different locations. A careful analysis by CDD showed that the word ‘Autonomy’ was altered to show ‘Autotomy’ in the viral image.

Striking members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and lawyers, under the aegis of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on Monday, protested in different parts of the country with the photos showing the protesters bearing a banner with “Autonomy” inscription.

CONCLUSION

The viral image of the Nigerian Bar Association protest reading ‘Autotomy’ instead of ‘Autonomy’ was photoshopped.

The banner carried by members of the Nigerian Bar Association for their protest in support of judicial autonomy had the correct word “Autonomy” on it.

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