A Facebook post by Nigerian website Daily Focus claims a fake military base occupied by armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals has been discovered at Okpokwu in Benue state.
“These are militias killing people in the disguise of Fulani herdsmen,” it says.
The May 2019 post has attracted 1,200 shares and 110 comments. It includes a photo of a truck emptying out a huge pile of guns.
Photo used in another false claim
This isn’t the first time the photo has been used as false evidence. In July 2017 Africa Check debunked another false claim about it.
This time it was reported that the truck had ferried the guns in from northern Nigeria, hidden under yams. They were supposedly confiscated at Nnewi, a city in Anambra state.
The state’s government asked Nigerians to disregard the photo, saying it was an attempt to create suspicion and unnecessary tension.
Guns confiscated in California
The photo is actually from the US, and was taken in 2008.
On 15 July 2008 in Rancho Cucamonga, California, police unloaded 12,153 illegal guns and other weapons confiscated from criminals. The firearms were to be melted into steel bars for construction.
According to the caption, “California law demands that confiscated weapons be destroyed”.
It was taken by David McNew, a staff photographer with Getty Images, a US stock photo agency. – Motunrayo Joel
An dauki babbar mota cike da bindigogi a shekarar 2008 a kasar Amurka ba Nigeria ba
A wani rubutu da shafin yanar gizo na Daily Focus ya wallafa,ya yi ikirarin cewa yan fashi da makami da masu garkuwa da jamaa sun fa ke a wata matattai a garin Okpokwu na jihar Benue.
Rubutun na cewa “Wadansu masu badda kama ne suke kashe mutane da sunan fulani makiyaya.”
Wannan rubutu ya samu mutane har sama da dari sun tofa albarkacin bakin su, yayin da mutane kimanin dubu daya da dari biyu suka raba rubutun a wasu kafofin sadarwa. Rubutun na hade da hoton babbar mota na jibge bindigogi.
An sa ke amfani da hoton a wani labarin mara tushe
Ba wannan ne lokaci na farko da akayi amfani da hoton ba. A watan Julin Shekarar 2017 Africa Check ta karyata wani labari da akayi amfani da wannan hoto.
A wannan karan labarin na ce babbar mota ta shigo da bindigogi daga arewacin Najeriya, wadanda aka boye su a cikin tilin doya. An kuma kame su ne a garin Nnewi na jihar Anambra.
Gwamnatin jihar ta bukaci jamaa da su yi watsi da wannan hoton, karya ce aka kirkira don tada zaune tsaye.
Wadannan bindigogi a garin California aka kwace su
Tushen hoton daga kasar Amurka ya fito kuma a shekarar 2008.
A ranar 15 ga watan Juli 2008 a Rancho Cucamonga a California, yan sanda sun sauke bindigogi har guda 12,153 da aka kwace a wajen masu aikata laifuka. An sauke su don a narkar da su.
Hoton ya zo tare da taken “Mahukunta a California sun bukaci a salwantar da bindigogin da aka kwace.”
David McNew, ma aikaci mai daukar hoto a Getty Images ne ya dauki hoton. – Motunrayo Joel
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