On September 7, 2021, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, took to social media handles to rejoice the victory of the Nigerian Army over bandits within the northern states, notably Zamfara the place the federal government had declared a shutdown of telecommunications providers.
He hooked up footage to a publish that reads: “In Zamfara state and all over the core North today our brave fighters and gallant warriors are KICKING THE ARSE and beating the daylights out of the bloodthirsty killer bandits and blood-lusting murderous terrorists… This is like music to my ears! I am proud to be a Nigerian again! Keep going boys and hit them with all you have got. Thanks for your courage and sacrifice! Al Hamdu! Praise the LORD! Glory, Hallelujah! ”
This publish has garnered over 1,000 likes and reshared by 176 folks.
The Nigeria Communications Commission had ordered community operators to droop telecommunications networks in Zamfara State to disrupt communications amongst bandits.
The community outage which began on September 3 and was initially deliberate to cease on September 17 has since continued, following an announcement by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, noting that the ban on cell telecommunications networks will stay till safety personnel win the battle towards insecurity within the state.
Zamfara in Northwest Nigeria is without doubt one of the states worst hit by banditry within the nation which has been attributed to the truth that it’s principally surrounded by forests (with little or no authorities presence) from the place bandits launch their assaults on outlying cities, highways, and villages.
In July, a survey performed by SBM Intelligence confirmed that about 2, 371 individuals had been kidnapped throughout the nation inside the first six months of the 12 months.
The report indicated that Niger State recorded the very best variety of individuals kidnapped, with 643 victims in 28 kidnap incidents, whereas 58 folks had been killed throughout the abductions.
This was adopted by Zamfara State with 519 kidnap victims in seven incidents resulting in the dying of twenty-two folks, whereas Kaduna State recorded 360 kidnap victims in 26 incidents, resulting in the deaths of 41 individuals.
Fani-Kayode’s social media applause comes after his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Last Thursday, sixteenth of September, the previous Minister of Aviation formally joined the APC.
Prior to this, Fani-Kayode has taken to applauding APC governors and even the President, Muhammadu Buhari, whom he had, on a number of events, criticised.
Claim: Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, just lately shared some images to rejoice what he claimed to be scenes of an onslaught on bandits in Zamfara and different northern states by the Nigerian Army.
Verdict: The footage shared by the previous minister are from separate occasions each inside and outdoors the nation. Some are no less than 4 years previous.
A Google Reverse Image Search of the photographs confirmed that the images shared by Fani-Kayode to his 711 thousand followers on Facebook and 1 million followers on Twitter had been taken from different platforms each inside and outdoors the nation.
Further checks by Dubawa revealed one of many images dates again to 2017 as seen on the Defense Nigeria website alongside different footage with the title, “Operation Lafya Dole: Ground Component. The Assault and Capture of Sambisa.”
The second picture which was first seen on-line on May 16, 2019 was taken when Police officers paraded 93 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers earlier than the press in Katari Village alongside the Abuja/Kaduna freeway, in Kaduna State.
The police additionally displayed an enormous cache of weapons recovered from the criminals. The story was additionally printed right here.
Using the InVid reverse picture search buttons, the third picture shared by Fani-Kayode was seen on an internet site utilized in a narrative on April 8, 2021.
The similar picture had been used for generic illustration by Legit.ng in June 2021.
Another picture shared by Fani-Kayode had been used on TVC Entertainment web site way back to August 2016.
The picture of a check of weapons shared by Fani-Kayode had been taken from North Korea. A report within the Telegraph UK confirmed that the picture was taken at an undisclosed location within the nation.
The pictures shared by the previous minister had been recycled as they aren’t a real illustration of the actions taking place in Zamfara State. However, the governor of the state had claimed navy recorded success of their operations towards bandits throughout the interval.
The researcher, Elizabeth Ogunbamowo, produced this fact-check per the Dubawa 2021 Kwame KariKari Fellowship partnership with SaharaReporters to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and improve media literacy within the nation.