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Suspects in Equity Bank robbery in Kisumu, Kenya, in 2021? No, still from CCTV footage of 2018 heist in Nigeria

The day after an attempted heist at a branch of Equity Bank in Kenya’s southeastern city of Kisumu in November 2021, a grainy photo of four men, two of them holding AK-47 rifles, started circulating on Facebook with the claim it showed the robbers.

One caption to the photo reads: “CCTV Footage Uncovers Faces Of 4 Robbers Who Raided Equity Bank In Kisumu, This are not ordinary robbers.”

The photo also appears in an article on Sonkonews under the headline: “CCTV Footage Uncovers Faces Of 4 Robbers Who Raided Equity Bank In Kisumu”. It’s been posted with the claim on a blog, and on Facebook pages with combined followers in the tens of thousands.

But is the photo really a frame from CCTV footage of the Equity Bank raid in November 2021 and which captured national attention?


‘Bank robbery masterminds’ wanted in Nigeria

A reverse image search reveals that the photo is at least three years old.

It appears in a May 2018 article on the site Africa News, headlined: “Nigeria police reveal faces of wanted bank robbery masterminds”.

“The Nigerian police force have released close circuit television (CCTV) footage of robbers who attacked a bank in the town of Offa in central Kwara State in early April,” the article reads. Kwara is in western Nigeria.

The article includes a tweet by the Nigerian police, showing four other photos of the suspects.



The photo is of suspects in a robbery in Nigeria in 2018, not in Kenya in 2021.

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