On June 1st 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) received multiple copies of a video via WhatsApp for verification.
The video was captioned “NCDC Workers in one of the Isolation Centres, they were busy making Love, not aware that the CCTV Camera was recording all their moves !!!’’
The people in the video spread widely on WhatsApp are not staff of the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).
In the video, the adults – male and female – can be seen engaging in sexual activities wearing aprons and with their heads covered.
Checks by CDD fact-checkers show that the video did not originate from Nigeria, let alone COVID 19 Isolation Centre within the country.
Findings by CDD fact-checkers reveal that the video originated from Kenya.
The video is of two chefs who were making out while on duty.
A news story which was published on Opera News hub reported that the incident took place on June 25th, 2020, and that the two people (alleged couple) work as chefs in the same restaurant.
The said video trended in Kenya and South Africa with social media users in those countries calling for sanctions against the adults.
In response to the public outcry, the management of the identified restaurant (name withheld), said the staff involved would face disciplinary procedures after the footage was pulled out by the control department.
Also, reacting to the viral video, Dr Chinwe Ochu, Head of Prevention Programmes and Knowledge Management Department, told CDD fact-checker that the mandate of the NCDC is to lead public health response in Nigeria.
Ochu said: ‘’In line with our mandate as the national public health institute, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control leads the public health response to COVID-19 at the national level.”
“While supporting State Governments who lead the response at the sub-national levels, NCDC focuses on population health and does not provide individual patient care in isolation centres, nor manage these facilities.’’ She added.
The video with the claim that accompanied it has nothing to do with an Isolation Centre in Nigeria or NCDC staff in Nigeria
The video is that of two chefs who work in the same restaurant in Kenya.
CDD is urging members of the public to desist from sharing unverified claims and also read beyond headlines before sharing any news report.
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