It was reported by the News Agency of Nigeria, the country’s major government-owned newswire, and was published by a number of news outlets, including leading national newspapers.
Some versions of the story shared on Facebook include photos showing the broken ceiling of the assembly, including one of a giant snake hanging from the ceiling.
Photo of giant snake from Hong Kong
A Google reverse image search shows this photo has been used before, in reports of a giant snake dropping from the ceiling in a busy restaurant.
Most of the reports, published in November 2016, did not state the location of the restaurant. However, a report published by Amar Ujala, an Indian newspaper, which was last updated on 26 December 2016, said the incident occurred in a Hong Kong restaurant.
Contradictory reports from Ondo state
Some of the reports from the house of assembly in Ondo quote eye-witnesses who say they saw the snake, but others say the story was made up.
A video released after the state governor Rotimi Akeredolu visited the assembly on 26 July 2019 shows Akeredolu and members of the house of assembly debunking the reports of a snake dropping from the roof.
But in a communique published on 31 July 2019 members claimed the video was doctored and confirmed that a snake did fall from the ceiling and disrupted their meeting.
Africa Check cannot verify these claims. But we can state that the photo of a giant snake circulating with the story was taken years ago, and not in Nigeria. – Allwell Okpi
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