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Video going viral in Nigeria shows Kano state government’s crackdown on food hoarding, not stacks of newly printed naira notes

IN SHORT: A video circulating on Facebook in Nigeria shows the Kano state’s anti-corruption commission raiding warehouses hoarding food. But no naira notes were found in a warehouse, as claimed on social media.

“This is Nigeria. Stack of newly printed naira =N= found in a big warehouse in the northern Nigeria,” reads a post on Facebook.

The 15 February 2024 post includes a 30-second video clip of people entering a building while filming with their mobile phones. The post has been republished over 4,300 times.

The rising cost of living, inflation, insecurity and the weakening naira have dominated public discourse in Nigeria, both online and offline, in early 2024. The country’s economic situation led to protests in some states in February. 

The same claim and video can also be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here

But does the video clip show newly printed naira notes found in a warehouse? We checked.


Warehouse hoarding food

We used Invid, a video verification tool that breaks up videos into frames and searches the internet for similar images, to find the origin of the video. It led us to a post dated 13 February 2024 on Nairaland, a popular Nigerian forum.

The post claims that a Kano state agency raided a warehouse where food was being hoarded. We found another post with the same video and claim of food hoarding on Instagram.

We then entered some keywords from the posts and found media reports about the Kano state anti-corruption commission’s crackdown on warehouses hoarding food.

We also found a longer and clearer version of the video on the agency’s Facebook page.

On 15 February, president Bola Tinubu met with state governors to discuss the food crisis in the country. Before the meeting, the president ordered the immediate release of 42,000 tonnes of grain from reserves to ease the pressure on cash-strapped Nigerians. Hoarding food can contribute to price increases and supply shortages.

Sharing such videos about the currency could cause panic among Nigerians and potentially lead them to make financial decisions based on misinformation.

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