No! Fulani National Vigilante Organisation is NOT registered with CAC

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A Nigerian singer, Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, has claimed that the “Fulani National Vigilante Organisation” has been duly registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

Popularly called Charly Boy, he posted the claim on February 1, 2024, alongside an image purportedly showing a CAC certificate for the organization.

The post on his X handle: @areafada1, read: 

“Can U imagine? IT’S NOW OFFICIAL. The Fulani “National” Vigilante Organisation!

Now INSURGENTS CAN have wings! IPOB was proscribed as Terror Org. Sunday IGBOHO & friends were imprisoned. BUT, GUN CARRYING, Kidnap & Terror Organisation was REGISTERED!! We Neva Ceeee shomtin!!”

The post archived here has garnered over 500 likes and more than 700 reposts on X as of February 7, 2024.

 

CLAIM

Fulani National Vigilante Organisation has been legally registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) is the Nigerian government’s institution responsible for the legal registration of businesses, companies, civil societies and trustees etc in the country.

A comparison of the purported certificate with original certificate samples from the agency revealed inconsistencies in font styles and alignment, suggesting that the certificate posted by Charles Oputa has been doctored.

L-R: A sample of original CAC certificate and the doctored one posted by Charly Boy.
L-R: A sample of original CAC certificate and the doctored one posted by Charly Boy.

Also, a company search on the CAC website using the name “Nomad Vigilante Nigeria Ltd” (as seen on the image) yielded no results either. Similarly, searching the registration number provided in the image returned no matching record. This indicates that the certificate is not genuine.

This is not the first time Charly Boy has used misleading videos and photos to misinform the public.

The FactCheckHub had reported how he posted a photo showing the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) now President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, watching Peter Obi, on a television screen.

Meanwhile, findings by The FactCheckHub show that the original image shows Tinubu in an aeroplane staring at a TV screen on his way from the United Kingdom to Nigeria. However, nothing was showing on the screen as revealed by the original photo.

The FactCheckHub also reported how he shared a misleading video with a claim that it showed Peter Obi’s supporters in boats holding a campaign rally in riverine areas prior to Nigeria’s 2023 general elections. When The FactCheckHub subjected the video to verification, it revealed that the claim was FALSE.

Similarly, The FactCheckHub reported how he made a false claim about the electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

THE VERDICT

The claim by Charles Oputa that the “Fulani National Vigilante Organization” is registered with the CAC is FALSE; findings show that the certificate he posted has been doctored.

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Amala is a tactical Fact-Checker, who is passionate about using Fact-checking to curb the spread of Misinformation and Disinformation which has become prevalent in the media space. She can be reached on X at muonweblessing and LinkedIn on Amala Blessing Muonwe

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