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Did police arrest a Nigerian student for impregnating four US police officers? No, viral story false

IN SHORT: Multiple videos and posts on social media claim a Nigerian man studying at a US university has been arrested for getting four police officers pregnant at the same time. But there’s no evidence for this and the photos used as proof are old.

A TikTok video went viral with a story that a Nigerian man named “Jamil Ezebuike”, who was studying at an unnamed university in the US state of New Jersey, was arrested for impregnating four female police officers. 

The video includes photos supposedly showing the man being arrested and the pregnant police officers.

The claim has been posted multiple times on Facebook and Instagram, including here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Some Nigerian and Ghanaian blogs also published the story, saying that the man, who is said to be from Anambra state in southeastern Nigeria, deceived the police officers and would be deported if the court found him guilty. 

But is any of this true?

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Red flags

The first sign the story is probably false is the lack of important details such as the name of the university, when and where “Ezebuike” was arrested, what he was charged with and the names of the police officers. This lack of detail is typical of invented viral claims.

The first name “Jamil” is of Arabic origin and is found in the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book. It is an unlikely name for a person from Anambra, whose population is almost 100% Christian.  

A Google search using various keywords and phrases such as “Nigerian student impregnates US female police officers”, “Jamil Ezebuike” and “Jamil Ezebuike arrested in New Jersey” returned no links to credible media reports. 

We would expect that this type of story would be reported by the US media and show up in online searches.

Old and unrelated photos

Reverse image searches revealed that the photos shown in the video as evidence of the story are old and unrelated. 

The photo of the supposed arrest is at least 20 years old and was taken in Los Angeles in the US state of California, not in New Jersey, according to the caption.

One of the photos of a pregnant woman was published on Pinterest as far back as September 2015 by an account in the name “Megan Mashburn”. The caption reads “Police wife maternity photos. My daddy fights bad guys”. There is no indication that the unnamed woman in the photo is a police officer.

Another woman pictured is Meghan Jacobs, whose police officer husband was killed while on duty in March 2016. She wore a police uniform during a photoshoot in honour of her late husband.

The third woman pictured appears to be Jessica Olivas, a police officer from the state of Texas. The photo was taken in September 2019 while she was pregnant.

The fourth woman pictured is also reported to be a police officer by the name of Lyndi Trischler from the state of Kentucky. The photo was taken in August 2014, when she reportedly filed a complaint against the police department where she worked, because they refused her request to keep working till she gave birth.

We found no evidence of any kind for the claim that a Nigerian student in the US was arrested for impregnating four police officers.

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