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Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie Busted for Posting Fake News, Photo About Atiku

Lauretta-OnochieMedia aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie has yet again been busted for making false claims with pictures not supporting her claim.

This time around Lauretta posted a picture claiming it’s from Atiku’s Sokoto rally.

Also, one Facebook user named Zara Gift Onyinye, posted the same picture and tagged it “This is how it happened in Sokoto today. Shameless, to say the least.”

The Facebook post has since garnered over 1,939 shares and 152 comments as of the time of filing this report.

The exposure was made possible by the collaborative verification of journalists under the aegis of Cross Check Nigeria initiative.

It was also reviewed by AFP, The PUNCH, The Guardian, The Niche and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting.

The Facebook post has since garnered over 1,939 shares and 152 comments as of the time of filing this report.

The exposure was made possible by the collaborative verification of journalists under the aegis of Cross Check Nigeria initiative.

It was also reviewed by AFP, The PUNCH, The Guardian, The Niche and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting.

While the tweet has garnered multiple retweets, PUNCH have found the image to be recycled and manipulated.

Having reversed search the image, PUNCH found that the same first appeared online in February 2017 when a Lagos-based Charity foundation released photos from an outreach.

The same image was reused to publicise a Nollywood actor’s orphanage visit, two days later also in February 2017.

It was also published by Kemi Filani News in a story entitled, ‘This is how actress Ruth Eze and her friends celebrated their Valentine’s Day (Photos)’ and dated February 21, 2017.

In essence, the photograph predated the alleged Atiku Sokoto campaign rally by at least 19 months.

We, therefore, submit that this image does not support the claim that presidential hopeful, Atiku, induced voters with cash or gift at his December 3, 2018 Sokoto campaign rally, since the photograph had been online over 19 months before Atiku’s rally.

See the same photograph as used variously by Onochie, Onyinye and Filani respectively:

This isn’t the first time Lauretta Onochie is pulling such stunt, she once posted a shutter stock image claiming it was one of Presudent Buhari’s cimpleted projects.

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