No! Video does not show Nigerian politician being flogged for selling palliatives  

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Summary

AN X user, @Ephilips5, has posted a video of a man tied to a tree while some men flogged him alongside a claim that it shows a chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Northern Nigeria being punished for selling palliatives meant for his people.

VERDICT: The claim that the video shows an APC chairman in Northern Nigeria being flogged publicly for selling palliatives meant for his constituent is MISLEADING; findings show that the video is not from Nigeria.

AN X user, @Ephilips5, has posted a video of a man tied to a tree while some men flogged him alongside a claim that it shows a chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Northern Nigeria being punished for selling palliatives meant for his people.

The video has generated a lot of reactions with some netizens commending the act saying it will serve as a lesson for corrupt public officials in Nigeria. 

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“APC  local government chairman who sold palliatives meant for his local government was seriously beaten by angry youths in the Northern part, this is a lesson to our leaders that anything can happen,” the caption on the video read. 

It has generated over 1.3 million views, with about 7,000 likes and more than 2,700 reposts. It has been bookmarked over 1,200 times with over 1,000 comments as of April 3, 2024.

 

CLAIM 

Video shows an APC chairman in Northern Nigeria being flogged publicly for selling palliatives meant for his constituent.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is MISLEADING.

viral video purportedly showing a Nigerian politician being flogged/ The claim is MISLEADING
The viral video purportedly showing a Nigerian politician being flogged.The claim is MISLEADING.

A keyword search on the internet revealed that the video has been online since April 2023 and it depicts an incident which occurred in Ghana, media reports by Pulse Ghana and InfoNg revealed.

The earlier version of the video which was referenced indicates that the video showed a man who was punished by his in-laws for assaulting his wife in Ghana and not a Nigerian politician. This was posted on X (formerly Twitter) on April 27, 2023.

The interpretation of the conversation by Pulse Ghana suggested that the victim was being repeatedly asked whether he would repeat the said offence and he kept pleading for mercy.

 

THE VERDICT 

The claim that the video shows an APC chairman in Northern Nigeria being flogged publicly for selling palliatives meant for his constituent is MISLEADING; findings show that the video is not from Nigeria.

Nurudeen Akewushola is a fact-checker with FactCheckHub. He has authored several fact checks which have contributed to the fight against information disorder. You can reach him via [email protected] and @NurudeenAkewus1 via Twitter.

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