As voters begin the process of exercising their democratic right in the off-cycle elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states, there has been a noticeable surge in the dissemination of disinformation. One of the CDD War Room’s “soldiers of mouth” in Bayelsa State has identified and shared a widely circulated post alleging the apprehension of a thug supposedly sponsored by “Ngor Syval and Victor Isaiah of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
The post in question reads, “Breaking News: APC Militants with Guns and Money were Caught!!! They were mobilized by; Ngor Sylva/ Victor Isaiah, Military has Declared curfew 5:30 pm in Brassiga Island.”
Claim 1: Is the picture attached to the post depicting an APC militant caught with guns and money?
Our CDD War Room conducted a forensic check of the picture, starting with a Google reverse image search. The search revealed that this image is associated with a recently published news report by the Daily Post. The report covered an incident in Abia State where an individual was apprehended in November for the alleged rape of a 5-year-old girl.
The second and third images were also subjected to a Google image search, leading us to the discovery that these images originated from a Twitter account named “Zagazola Makama.” This account is recognized for sharing security analyses related to insurgency in the Lake Chad and West Africa.
The claim that APC militants were caught with guns and money is unequivocally false. The images presented do not align with the claim made in the post.
Did the military declare curfew in Brass Island?
The CDD War Room undertook a verification process by reaching out to an election observer physically present in the community. The observer confirmed that indeed a curfew is in effect, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Twon Brass. The observer provided additional context, explaining that a conflict had arisen between opposition parties, prompting the deployment of military personnel to the community.
The claim is verified as true. There is a confirmed curfew in the Brass community of Bayelsa State, initiated by community leadership in conjunction with security agencies.