A 5 July 2022 post on Facebook in Nigeria claims Femi Otedola is wanted for tax fraud in the USA.
The Facebook post reads: “Breaking News: hours after declaring support for Tinubu, US declared Femi Otedola wanted in the US for tax fraud.”
It includes two photos and a link that promises: “Details here.”
The link takes you to a non-secure HTTP site called “World of News”, but not to an article about the claim.
Have US authorities really announced declared that Otedola is wanted for tax fraud? We investigated.
A reverse image search revealed that the first photo, of a middle-aged white man in glasses surrounded by a group of people, is of Chuck Schumer. Schumer is a US politician, a member of the Democratic Party and majority leader of the US senate. He is unlikely to make statements about foreign nationals and tax matters.
Otedola posted the same photo of himself with Tinubu on Instagram on 5 July 2022. He captioned it: “I am always excited visiting my Great Friend Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu. May God grant him his heart's desire in becoming the President of this great Nation.”
There are no details in the Facebook post of when Otedola was declared wanted by the US for tax fraud. The lack of such detail is often a red flag that something on social media is fabricated.
There have also been no reports in the mainstream media of the US government saying any such thing, which would be expected if it were true.
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