A post shared on Facebook in Nigeria on 6 July 2022 claims that a suspended high-ranking police officer, Abba Kyari, has escaped to Australia after bandits attacked the prison where he was kept.
The Facebook post reads: “Hours after Kuje prison attack, Abba Kyari Spotted in Australia.”
On 5 July, the Kuje medium correctional centre in the Nigerian capital Abuja came under attack. During the hours-long attack some inmates escaped.
Was Kyari among them, and did he really escape to Australia? We investigated.
‘Kyari did not escape’
It used the photo as evidence against Kyari after he negotiated the release of seized cocaine from suspected drug dealers.
Umar Abubakar, chief superintendent of corrections, said: “They are presently in custody, hale and hearty.”
Engagement bait scam
The post instructs users to click a link to view a video supposedly about Kyari’s appearance in Australia.
But the link takes you to a non-secure HTTP site with an article headlined: “Nigeria government spreading fake news: We Didn’t Designate IPOB As Terrorist Organisation, IPOB is one of the most law abiding group In Uk– UK shuns Nigeria”.
And the article has nothing to do with the Kuje prison escape or Abba Kyari.
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