NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 2, 2020

As the number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has continued to rise, relevant authorities in Nigeria including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have warned citizens and residents to #ActResponsibly and #CelebrateResponsibly – considering the many events mapped out for the yuletide.

With many activities – weddings, parties and the holiday season’s celebrations – lined up, Nigerians have been cautioned against crowded places and moving around without facemasks.

A close look at the pattern of the pandemic and its second wave, should pose a reason for everyone to adhere to the call by relevant agencies to remain responsible, mask up and ensure that their relatives, friends and associates are protected.

Also, claims and information about the prevention of the disease, its spread and treatment should be handled with great caution. Everyone must desist from disseminating unverified claims or narratives. 

The use of social media for good has always been the watchword for the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), a push which, inspired the Centre’s Countering Disinformation and Misinformation Project also known as the Fact-Check Project. The initiative has focused on countering false claims and narratives in the media space and keeping the public well informed.

Some of the fact-checks produced by the CDD in the past week include:

Kano Hisbah Has Not Banned Night Party

On Monday, December 21, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development CDD (CDD) spotted a story published by Kano Focus claiming that the Kano Hisbah Board has banned night parties in the State.

The report also claimed that the ban was announced by the Hisbah Commander General, Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Sina, at a press conference in Kano following reports that most wedding parties clashed with prayer times.

It also claimed that wedding attendants, the bride inclusive, do not join the Magrib and Isha prayers once there are such parties.

Also, Kano focus reported that all weddings scheduled to hold in Kano State will now be taking place between morning and 4 pm.

The claim that Kano HISBAH has banned night parties across Kano State is false.

An investigation by the CDD shows that the Kano State Hisbah Board did not make such pronouncement as claimed by the blog.

Read the full report here

Did Governor Zulum Appoint Female Hunter Aisha Gombi As Aide?

On Saturday, December 19, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy (CDD) spotted reports that the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, had appointed a female hunter, Aisha Gombi, as his aide on the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.

The story widely published by online newspapers including Premium TimesAljazirahNewsJTVThe Niche NG and on social media said the appointment will take place with immediate effect.

CDD’s investigation established that the claim is true. Aisha Gombi, Borno’s female hunter, has been appointed a Special Assistant to the Governor on the fight against Boko Haram.

A letter signed by the Permanent Secretary, Administration and General Services, Danjuma Ali, indicated that Gombi’s appointment was approved by the Governor and seen by the CDD.

Read the full report here

Other fact-checks produced by the CDD are:

Trending Image of Ministry of Long Life and Prosperity Bus in Imo is Fake

FACT-CHECK: Kano Hospital Not Shut Down Over COVID-19 Case

WhatsApp, Facebook Not Banned by Katsina State Government

FACT-CHECK: Is Buhari’s Claim on #EndSARS Protest Coverage by CNN, BBC True?

Did FG Direct Reopening of COVID-19 Isolation Centres?