A video shared on Facebook purports to show a group attacking the car of Nigerian politician Ahmed Tinubu.
The footage shows a 2020 incident involving a different Nigerian politician, according to local news reports.
The next Nigerian presidential election has been set for February 2023, according to the Premium Times. Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress Party announced Tinubu, who previously served as the governor of the state of Lagos in Nigeria, as its candidate after he won the party’s primary election last month.
IT’S OFFICIAL: H.E. Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu is winner of our Presidential Primary, polling 1,271 votes.
Congratulations to our 2023 Election Presidential Candidate. Vitoria E Certa!!! pic.twitter.com/7yTv1hmmgF
— APC Nigeria (@OfficialAPCNg) June 8, 2022
A July 13 Facebook post claims his motorcade was recently attacked by a crowd. This footage features a group of people throwing and striking objects at vehicles. Part of the caption reads, “Tinubu got a run for it at Osun State.” The Osun state is located in southwestern Nigeria. (RELATED: ‘False COVID-19 Cases In Nigeria’ – Did CNN Air This News Chyron? )
In reality, the footage is more than a year old and shows an attack on a different Nigerian politician. The Nigerian news outlet Plus TV Africa posted the same footage on YouTube in October 2020 with the title, “#Endsars: Thugs Attack Gov.Oyetola’s Convoy (News | Nigeria).” The video’s description explains the motorcade belonged to Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. The Nigerian Tribune also reported on the attack at the time.
This is not the first time misinformation related to Nigerian elections has spread online. Check Your Fact had previously refuted a false story that claimed Wieber Boer, a Dutchman, was running for governor in Nigeria’s Plateau State.