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Old photo used to illustrate snake incident at Nigeria’s Ondo state parliament

A story of a snake falling from the ceiling at the house of assembly in Ondo state in southwestern Nigeria broke on the internet on 25 July 2019. 

It was reported by the News Agency of Nigeria, the country’s major government-owned newswire, and was published by a number of news outlets, including leading national newspapers

Some versions of the story shared on Facebook include photos showing the broken ceiling of the assembly, including one of a giant snake hanging from the ceiling.



Photo of giant snake from Hong Kong


A Google reverse image search shows this photo has been used before, in reports of a giant snake dropping from the ceiling in a busy restaurant. 

Most of the reports, published in November 2016, did not state the location of the restaurant. However, a report published by Amar Ujala, an Indian newspaper, which was last updated on 26 December 2016, said the incident occurred in a Hong Kong restaurant

Contradictory reports from Ondo state


Some of the reports from the house of assembly in Ondo quote eye-witnesses who say they saw the snake, but others say the story was made up

A video released after the state governor Rotimi Akeredolu visited the assembly on 26 July 2019 shows Akeredolu and members of the house of assembly debunking the reports of a snake dropping from the roof. 

But in a communique published on 31 July 2019 members claimed the video was doctored and confirmed that a snake did fall from the ceiling and disrupted their meeting.

Africa Check cannot verify these claims. But we can state that the photo of a giant snake circulating with the story was taken years ago, and not in Nigeria. – Allwell Okpi




 

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