Fact-checking Viral Claim On President Joe Biden’s Age, Other World Leaders

Olakunle Mohammed Our fact-checker came across a forwarded message on one of his WhatsApp groups on Friday, January 22, 2021. The broadcast read: “AS YOU INSULT YOUR ELDERS AND WISH THEM DEATH, KNOW THIS: “Joe Biden is 77 years old and just elected US President. Trump is his close agemate….no American youth have insulted any […]

CLAIM: Oyo State Government’s 2021 Budgetary Allocation For Education Aligns With UNESCO’s Recommendation

Olakunle Mohammed, Adeyemi Okediran  On November 23, 2020, the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde presented an N266.64 billion Appropriation Bill for the 2021 fiscal year to the state’s House of Assembly. The 2021 budget proposal, tagged: ‘Budget of Continued Consolidation’, has N130,381,283,295.63 as capital expenditure and N136,262,990,009.41 as recurrent expenditure. It was my […]

CLAIM:  EC Official Arrested For Reducing John Mahama’s Vote By 3000

ADEYEMI OKEDIRAN On December 13, 2020, a Facebook user with the name, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz made a post on his timeline claiming that an EC official has been arrested. The post with the heading “BREAKING NEWS!!!” said that one of the EC official was arrested at Somanya, Eastern region, Ghana. The post read “EC official arrested […]

CLAIM: Nigeria Minister Of Youths And Sports Demands N81 Million To Cut Grass In Abuja

Adeyemi Okediran On November 29, Daily Trust Nigeria published a news story that claimed that the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has demanded 81 million naira to cut the grass at the national stadium in Abuja.   This news report was republished by other major newspapers and blogs, including Sahara Reporters. According […]

CLAIM: Buhari’s Government Inherited Empty Treasury – Ahmad Lawan

Olakunle Mohammed      On November 26, multiple news reports quoted the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan saying the immediate past administration under Dr. Goodluck Jonathan left an empty treasury for President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the reports, Lawan said: “Though we inherited an empty treasury, the price of crude went down so badly, yet […]

How The Economic Recession Affects You [ANALYSIS]

The Nigerian economy is experiencing its second recession in four years under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, as the country records negative growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second consecutive quarter. In a recent report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which was announced on Saturday, November 21, it was […]

CLAIM: 200 EndSARS Protesters Contract COVID-19 In Lagos

On Monday, a Twitter user, Uban Doma claimed that at least 200 EndSARS protesters have contracted COVID-19 in Lagos and a few others in Abuja. In the thread, he claimed that these new cases of COVID-19 were due to the lack of social distancing and use of face masks by protesters. His tweet read: “More […]