Video of naked women protesting is NOT from Lagos

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A claim that women in Lagos state are protesting naked over current economic hardship in Nigeria has been circulating on X.

The claim was accompanied by 30-second footage which was posted by an X user: @ejykmykel1.

In the footage, about five women were seen staging a protest naked with other people standing by while holding Nigerian flag alongside other banners in demonstration.

A Yoruba Fuji song could also be heard playing in the background blurring the audio from the scene.

The caption on the footage posted on X read:

Lagos Women protesting Naked, placing curse on Tunibu over hardship of the Nation.

The post has garnered over 750,000 views, more than 400 likes, over 400 reposts and more than 300 comments as of February 22, 2024.
The footage could also be seen here.

CLAIM

Video shows Lagos women protesting naked over economic hardship in Nigeria.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub revealed that the claim is MISLEADING!

A keyword search on the words ‘naked women protest’ on Google, provided results of different reports from November 2023.

From the search results displayed, an X post by The Nation Newspaper on November 22 2023, shows a photo of the banner held in the footage from the scene of the protest.

The caption on the post read:

Women protest naked against alleged killings, corruption in Anambra.
The same footage posted on X (formerly Twitter) could be seen here.
Further checks revealed that the video was from a protest in Anambra over cult killings in the state as reported by media platforms, including The Nation newspaper.
The Nation had reported that the protest took place on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 with over 1,000 indigenes of 20 villages in Awka community, Awka South local government area in Anambra state protesting against the incessant killings and attacks by cultists.
Few days after the protest, Daily Trust and Punch newspapers reported that the sponsor of the nude protest, Ozo Nweke, had been arrested as another group from the community accused Nweke, of land grabbing, intimidation, harassment, and rape.

THE VERDICT

The claim that the video shows Lagos women protesting naked over economic hardship in Nigeria is MISLEADING; the video was from a protest in Anambra State held in November 2023.

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Seasoned fact-checker and researcher Fatimah Quadri has written numerous fact-checks, explainers, and media literacy pieces for The FactCheckHub in an effort to combat information disorder. She can be reached at sunmibola_q on X or [email protected].

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