Photo of truckload of guns taken in 2008 in US, not Nigeria

A Facebook post by Nigerian website Daily Focus claims a fake military base occupied by armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals has been discovered at Okpokwu in Benue state.

“These are militias killing people in the disguise of Fulani herdsmen,” it says.

The May 2019 post has attracted 1,200 shares and 110 comments. It includes a photo of a truck emptying out a huge pile of guns.

Photo used in another false claim

This isn’t the first time the photo has been used as false evidence. In July 2017 Africa Check debunked another false claim about it.

This time the it was reported that the truck had ferried the guns in from northern Nigeria, hidden under yams. They were supposedly confiscated at Nnewi, a city in Anambra state.

The state’s government asked Nigerians to disregard the photo, saying it was an attempt to create suspicion and unnecessary tension.

Guns confiscated in California

The photo is actually from the US, and was taken in 2008.

On 15 July 2008 in Rancho Cucamonga, California, police unloaded 12,153 illegal guns and other weapons confiscated from criminals. The firearms were to be melted into steel bars for construction.

According to the caption, “California law demands that confiscated weapons be destroyed”.

It was taken by David McNew, a staff photographer with Getty Images, a US stock photo agency. – Motunrayo Joel (24/05/2019)

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check has partnered with Facebook to combat fake news and false information on the social platform. This spotcheck is part of the initiative.

As part of its third-party fact-checking programme, Facebook allows its partners to see public articles, pictures or videos that have been flagged as potentially inaccurate.

Content rated as “false” by fact-checkers will be downgraded in news feeds. This means fewer people will see it.

You can help us identify fake news and false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

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