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Newly upgraded stadium in Nigeria’s Oyo state under water? No, photos of UK’s Hillsborough stadium in 2007

Photos posted on Facebook in Nigeria show a sports stadium flooded with water.

“Omituntun International Stadium, Ibadan, Oyo State. Engr Seyi Makinde, you are doing well. 5.5billion,” their caption reads.

On 2 September 2021, Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde unveiled the remodelled Lekan Salami stadium in Ibadan, the state capital. In 2020, it was reported that the renovations would cost N5.5 billion.

But a downpour during a football match at the launch flooded the pitch and caused the stadium’s roof to leak.

Do the photos show the Ibadan stadium? We checked.


Flooding at Hillsborough Stadium

A reverse image search reveals that the photos are more than 14 years old and were taken in Sheffield, England.



In June 2007 the Hillsborough stadium, home to the Sheffield Wednesday football club, was flooded after the River Don burst its banks during heavy rains.

The photos can be seen in a throwback tweet posted on 5 June 2020, as well as in a 2007 report by the UK’s Daily Mail.

The BBC also reported the flooding at the stadium, and the photos appear in a 2017 post on Owlstalk, an online forum for Sheffield fans.

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