FACTCHECK: Picture Showing Dead Bodies Is Not Of Protesters In Ogbomosho

CLAIM

On Sunday, a Twitter user, @cheyih_Viktar posted a picture with at least nine dead bodies to depict the aftermath of the clash between protesters and members of the Nigeria Police Force in the town.

A caption attached to the image read: “Ogbomoso is Black 🖤

RIP to everyone we lost to the struggle.”

VERIFICATION

To verify this claim, N-VA ran a Google reverse image search on the picture.

The result of this search showed that this image had existed way before the ongoing protest in the country started.

On the 13th of August 2020, the image was first used by GCFR.NG in a report about an attack “by armed bandits in Ukuru village in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger state.”

According to the report, the bandits “stormed the area shooting sporadically and killed 15 persons, mostly men and escaped with some animals.”

CLARIFICATION

While it is true that people died during the clash between #EndSARS protesters and security personnel in Ogbomosho on Sunday, October 11, 2020, the number of people has not been officially confirmed.

VERDICT

The image shared by @cheyih_Viktar is MISLEADING because it existed as far back as August 2020 this year.

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