Viral video does not show Saraki’s son spraying dollar notes on strippers

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A video showing a bearded man spraying dollar notes on strippers in a club has surfaced online with a claim that it shows Seni Saraki, the son of the former Senate President Bukola Saraki, caught in the act.

In the video, which was shot in a club setting, the strippers were seen twerking, and the man was seen shoving dollars into their breasts.

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A Twitter user with the handle @marythesa tweeted the video with a caption that read:

See what Bukola Saraki’s son is using our monies to do with strippers.”

The tweet has generated about 100 retweets and over 100 likes as at Friday, 28th of October, 2022.

Another Twitter user with the handle, @atiku2019, also tweeted the video with another caption that read:

“@bukolasaraki, have you seen Seni Bukola-Saraki your son’s trending video? I can forward it to you for free. Eyin obayeje lasanlasan.”

Another Twitter user @ThisisNot1997_ also tweeted the video with a caption thus: 

Saraki’s Son uplifting the helpless in the club. Result of the loots his father stole.”

The tweet has generated more than two hundred retweets and likes with over 8,000 views as of 28th of October, 2022.

The video was also shared on several Facebook accounts.

A Facebook user, Princess Arinola Idowu posted the video with a caption thus:

See BUKOLA SARAKI son and them wont to change Naira to Dollar.. I will not kuku say anything(sic).”

The post has garnered more than 400 shares alongside over 17,000 views.

Another Facebook user, Mai Gaskia Baba, posted the video with a caption that read:

This is Sheni Saraki, son of Bukola Saraki the former Senate President and former Governor of Kwara State rocking his life in abroad recklessly, if it were to be Seyi Tinubu or any of the Tinubu’s children doing this, I know the hell would have let loose and that can be our national debate for up till February 25,2023 and even beyond because some people will even use it as an opportunity to call on Tinubu to quit the Presidential race.  Omo O’niya O’mebi.” 

The claim also surfaced here and here on Facebook.

CLAIM

Video shows Seni Saraki spraying dollar notes on strippers.

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THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

When the video was segmented into keyframes using the InVID verification tool and the man’s face was analyzed, findings revealed that the man is not Seni Saraki as claimed in the viral posts. 

One of the frames shows the face of the man spraying dollar notes on strippers.

Further checks led to a Facebook account owned by one Prince Shola Taoreed Oniru. The owner’s face matches exactly with the person in the viral video.

The face of the man in the viral video. PHOTO CREDIT: Prince Shola Taoreed Oniru (Facebook).

Even though the video was not found on his Facebook page, analysis of the Facebook account shows several photos and videos (such as here, here and here) where he was seen having fun with others.

Meanwhile, the media office of the former Senate President has debunked the claim in a press statement issued on Friday.

“What I want to tell you categorically, is that, the individual in that video is neither Saraki’s son nor relation and so, he cannot be his son by any means or in any way,” the statement by the Director General of the Saraki National Media Group, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, partly reads.

THE VERDICT

The claim that the viral video shows Saraki’s son spraying dollar notes on strippers is FALSE; findings revealed that the man seen in the video is not Seni Saraki.

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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