An image of a Toyota Hiace minibus with the inscription “Ministry of Long Life and Prosperity Imo State’’ has been trending on Social media since December 11, 2020. The picture which was shared by a Twitter user with the account @RealOlaudah has since been shared widely on Facebook and WhatsApp.
FACT: The image is fake as there is no Ministry of Long Life and Prosperity in Imo State and the inscription on the bus was photoshopped. However, there is a Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment created by former Governor Rochas Okorocha. The ministry, however, no longer exists with the present administration under the leadership of Governor Hope Uzodinma, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Imo state on Electronic Media, Amaka Okafor, told CDD fact-checker.
Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), using google reverse image search, traced the original image of the bus to the website of Anis Transport, a transportation services company based in Bangkok.
Checks by CDD fact-checkers show the inscription on the bus was done using a photo editor to give the impression such ministry exist in the state.
This is not the first time the image will be used online. Igberetvnews.com, a blog known for spreading disinformation published the image 3 years ago with the claim Just In!! Rochas Okorocha Of Imo State To Impose Commissioner For Long Life & Prosperity
The trending image with the inscription of the Ministry of Long Life and Prosperity Imo State on a bus is photoshopped of an image from the internet.
The CDD urges the general public to desist from sharing unverified claims or narratives on social media.
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