CLAIM: The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Sunday, June 14, 2020, sighted a WhatsApp message claiming that the Federal Government has approved N30,000 as a palliative for every Nigerian.
The claim said the fund will serve as relief for the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country.
It also said citizens will be credited instantly once they apply for the funds online.
FACT: Like so many other claims on FG palliatives, fact-checks by the CDD have shown that this too is a hoax.
Investigations by our fact-checkers show that the claim is a scam from some online scammers to lure innocent Nigerians into providing their personal details including account numbers and Bank Verification Number (BVN).
This pattern has been used severally by scammers since the outbreak of COVID-19 and announcement of lockdown by the FG.
The only verified relief fund by the government is the Conditional Cash Transfer of N20,000 to most vulnerable groups in Nigeria. The fund is coordinated by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.
The FG has not announced any N30,000 palliative for her citizens. There is only an N20,000 CCT coordinated by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and not online.
The CDD urges the general public to desist from spreading disinformation or unverified news across any social media platforms.