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Chilling video of Botswana highway robbery resurfaces in Nigeria

IN SHORT: A viral video showing a highway robbery wasn't captured in the Nigerian city of Abuja. Ignore posts that claim otherwise, which could cause panic among the city’s residents.

An alarming video of motorists being ambushed on a highway at night has been circulating on social media in Nigeria since April 2024

The video shows a group of five people running onto a motorway. They then attack the drivers of three vehicles stuck in slow-moving traffic, one of which manages to reverse to safety.

The video’s caption reads: “The frightening moment thugs waylaid folks waiting for traffic light to turn green in Abuja.” Abuja is the capital of Nigeria. 

The video has also been shared here and here. (Note: See more instances listed at the end of this report.)

But does it show a robbery that took place in Nigeria? We checked.

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Old video resurfaces

On 23 February 2022, Africa Check debunked the claim that it showed attacks on Kenya’s Thika superhighway

A Google reverse image search of a screenshot from the video confirms that it was filmed in Botswana on 11 February 2022.

Three days later, Botswana police shared the video on their Facebook page, asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects. The police said that the incident took place in the capital, Gaborone.  

Muyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson for the Nigerian police, said in a statement on 25 April 2024 that the video was reposted by some mischief-makers to cause panic among residents of the federal capital 

He said the inspector general of police, Kayode Egbetokun, had ordered a full investigation to identify those responsible for falsely claiming that the incident took place in Nigeria.

The claim was also posted here, here and here on Facebook.

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