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No, Nigeria’s senate president Godswill Akpabio has not been impeached

IN SHORT: According to some Facebook posts, Nigeria’s senate president has been removed from office. This is not true and social media posts claiming otherwise should be ignored.

A video posted on Facebook claims that Nigeria’s senate president, Godswill Akpabio, has been impeached. 

The man speaking in the video says he is happy with the news and tells other users to share the post. 

The 17 September 2023 video is captioned: “Breaking: Senators Begins Procces To #Impeach Senate President Akpabio For Serving The Interest Of Tinubu Instead Of Serving The Interest Of The Nation ...”

Impeachment is the process of removing a president or senior official from office, often when they are facing criminal charges.

The video has been viewed by more than 100,000 users, with over 1,000 comments. 

Posts with the same claim can be found here, here and here

But has Akpabio been impeached? We checked. 


Senate president debunks rumour

Akpabio was elected the senate’s 10th president on 13 June 2023. Following his election, some senators were reportedly plotting to impeach him, claiming he’s incapable of fulfilling his duties.

However, his special adviser on media, Eseme Eyiboh, dismissed these claims as “baseless”. 

The senate has also denied the impeachment claims, saying Akpabio is fit to hold office.

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