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No evidence authorities found US$27 billion belonging to dead Nigerian

“Nigerian man dies and authorities find US$27 billion in his apartment” begins a graphic posted on Facebook. “He has been trying to give it away for 15 years but no one would return his email.”

The graphic, posted on 17 June 2022, includes a photo of piles of cash stacked in a room. 

It has been reposted 50 times since publication.

One of the comments on the post asked how the man got the money, another claimed Nigerian officials “will find a way to share the money among them”. Others thought it was a joke. 

Could the claim be true?


No news about ‘the discovery’ 

The post doesn’t provide any information about when and where this was supposed to have happened. 

And we found no news of such a discovery. In 2017, about $43 million was discovered in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos. It was in the news for several weeks. 

If the claim shared on Facebook in June 2022 was true, the “deceased Nigerian” would be at least two times richer than Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, who is worth $13.8 billion. Dangote is Nigerian.

Also, reverse image searches show the photo in the graphic has been used in similar claims with the amount varying from $15 billion to $45 billion.

The claim is not supported by any evidence.

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