A photograph making the rounds on Facebook claims to show a 15-year-old boy jailed in Nigeria for stealing. AFP found that the boy was actually arrested in Ghana.
One Facebook post, which we’ve archived here, claims the boy was jailed in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos, but does not give the name of the prison. It has been shared more than 700 times since it was published on November 6, 2019.
Facebook and Twitter posts shared more than one thousand times claim Nigeria is proposing death by hanging for anyone who speaks out against the government in an anti-hate speech bill currently before the senate. This is misleading; AFP explains the current state of the controversial bill.
An article shared thousands of times on various Facebook pages claims that a New York restaurant called ‘SKIN’ is the first in the world to get a licence to serve human flesh as food. This is false; the article is purely fictional but is being shared as real news.
An article shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook claims that 6,000 Christians were killed in Nigeria by armed Fulani herdsmen over a six-month period last year. However, there is no evidence to support the claim.
Multiple posts shared by thousands of people in Nigeria claim a man sentenced to death is set to be released after surviving three lethal injections. This is false; AFP traced the article to a news parody website.
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