Video of armed men forcing school children to strip naked not from Nigeria

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AN X user, @DrBarryAvotu1st, has posted a video showing armed men forcing some school children to strip naked with a claim that the incident happened in Nigeria.

VERDICT: The claim that the video shows school children kidnapped by armed men in Nigeria is MISLEADING; the video depicts an incident involving armed separatists and school children that happened in Cameroon in 2022.

AN X user, @DrBarryAvotu1st, has posted a video showing armed men forcing some school children to strip naked with a claim that the incident happened in Nigeria.

In the footage, the armed men were seen shooting indiscriminately in the air while ordering the school children, both male and female, who were dressed in school uniforms to strip naked. One of the armed men was seen brandishing weapon and threatening to kill any student who disobeys their orders.

The armed men could be heard ordering the school children to remove their clothes totally and raise their hands up or be shot while the kids plead for mercy.

READ: Did Nigerian authorities announce the killing of one terrorist three times? 

The X user posted the video with the caption that read: 

“See a country that has police and army! Kidnapped school children in the hands of kidnappers and forced to go naked – boys and girls.This is insanity! Do we have a Government in Nigeria ? This is wrong oh.” 

The claim, posted on March 23, 2024, has garnered over 480,000 views, with over 700 reposts, more than 800 bookmarks, and over 1,300 likes as of March 26, 2024. 

 

CLAIM 

Video shows school children kidnapped by armed men in Nigeria.

 

THE FINDINGS 

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is MISLEADING.

Screenshot of the viral video showing armed men with the school children. INSERT: Misleading verdict.

The FactCheckHub subjected the keyframes in the video to a Google Reverse Image search and the result shows that the video depicts an incident that happened in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Findings show that the earlier version of the video was posted on Nairaland and a Facebook page in 2022 indicating that the incident occurred in Cameroon. The narrative was also corroborated by other credible media platforms such as Voice of America.

According to media reports, the video depicts armed separatists who attacked and molested students in Bwitingi-Buea located in the Southwest region of Cameroon on January 12, 2022. The reports showed that the incident occurred at Government High School, Buea in Cameroon.

It will be recall that Cameroon hosted the African Cup of Nations in 2022. The Anglophone separatists were reportedly fighting in Cameroon’s western region to break away from the majority French-speaking nation. They had vowed to disrupt the continent’s tournament in Buea and Limbe.

The two cities hosted football fans, players and match officials for group matches for the African teams from Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, and Tunisia.

 

THE VERDICT

The claim that the video shows school children kidnapped by armed men in Nigeria is MISLEADING; the video depicts an incident involving armed separatists and school children that happened in Cameroon in 2022. 

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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