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Nigeria's electoral body says viral video doesn't show an attack on its chair’s house

IN SHORT: A video is being shared on social media with the claim it shows youths in northern Nigeria, angry at the outcome of the presidential election, attacking the home of the electoral body’s chairperson, Mahmood Yakubu. But there’s no evidence for this and Inec denies it.

A video shared on Facebook claims that a house in northern Nigeria belonging to Mahmood Yakubu, the chairperson of the country’s electoral body, was attacked by youths. 

The video, which lasts 14 seconds, appears to show a group of young people wielding sticks as they enter a compound. 

It is captioned: “INEC chairman house under attack by angry northern youths, only them can do this in Nigeria”.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, or Inec, is responsible for conducting elections in Nigeria. It is headed by Yakubu.

On 1 March 2023, Inec declared Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress party, the winner of the 25 February presidential election. But opposition parties have accused Inec of vote rigging, in favour of Tinubu, and demanded Yakubu's resignation.

The video was posted on Facebook with the same claim here, here, and here.

But was the Inec chairperson’s house attacked? We checked.


‘Narrative by mischief makers’ says Inec 

Inec debunked the claim in a tweet shared on its verified Twitter handle on 25 March. It described the allegation as a “desperate smear campaign”.

The commission said the house in the video did not belong to its chair.

The statement reads: “This narrative is indeed the latest in the series of desperate smear campaign efforts by mischief makers. The public should disregard it.”

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