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Whatsapp and Nigeria's 2019 Elections

WhatsApp and Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Press Release

WhatsApp both strengthens and undermines Nigerian democracy, says UK-Nigeria research team Research findings were released today by a UK-Nigerian research team examining the role of WhatsApp in Nigeria’s 2019 elections. Drawing on citizen surveys and interviews with political campaigns, the report...
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Was Nigeria minimum wage $120 in 2010 more valued than $83 in 2019?

Verdict: Partially True The Claim: A WhatsApp post questioning the monetary value of the new minimum wage has gone viral. The post reads; “Nigeria minimum wage in 2010 was N18, 000 ($120). In 2019, the minimum wage is N30, 000 ($83). They won’t show you this”. Following the signing of the ne...
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Did INEC Threaten to Award Presidential Election Victory to Atiku?

Verdict: FALSE The Claim: CDD has spotted a story claiming that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to award the election victory to the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 presidential elections. The claim was made on April 9,...
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Did Miyetti Allah Demand for the Refund of N3.8b Campaign Funds Given to the APC Gubernatorial Candidate?

  Verdict: False Claim:  The CDD have spotted a story circulating on WhatsApp alleging that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN) are insisting that the sum of N3.8 billion financial contribution made to the APC gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State Mr Nsima Ekere,...
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How true is the Tweet claiming Jega condemned the conduct of the 2019 General Elections?

  Verdict: False The Claim: Today, a Twitter account belonging to a PDP support group, @PDPVanguard, posted a tweet attributed to the former INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega. The tweet which has already garnered 189 likes, 8 comments and 108 retweets read: The @MBuhari government had succ...
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Nigeria’s ‘fake news’ eco-system

Fake news is not a new concept in Nigeria, but the exponential growth in the use and availability of mobile phones with access to the internet, as well as the sheer amount of information accessible in the age of digital media, has made the task of filtering out false information far more difficult. ...
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