On June 7, 2023, a two minutes, 50 seconds video with the caption “Boko Haram is attacking a community in Nasarawa State” was circulated across WhatsApp.
The caption reads: “HRH Emir of Nasarawa cautions that we should be careful about going to farms, night journeys and avoid early morning journeys.”
The video was examined with the InVid verification tool. It was discovered that the video was first shared on Facebook in January 2021. While the post insinuated that the attack occurred in Kaduna State, our correspondent could not independently establish where the incident took place. The hostages were asked to speak into the camera and inform their families that they had been held hostage and would be released once a ransom was paid.
Based on the investigation and available data, CDD fact checkers can confirm that the video is not recent and did not originate in Nasarawa State. Therefore, the video is old and misleading.