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In the aftermath of the 2023 Nigerian general elections, false claims about the family of Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have been circulating on social media.
One such claim, shared on Facebook in May 2023, alleged that Yakubu’s son had gone mad in Saudi Arabia due to drug and alcohol abuse.
The claim was attributed to an unidentified Saudi Arabian news agency and also alleged that the Saudi Arabian government had requested that Yakubu take his son to England for treatment.
However, fact-checking organization Africa Check investigated the claim and found it to be false.
Yakubu’s spokesperson, Rotimi Oyekanmi, dismissed the claim as “fake news” and urged readers to disregard it.
This article was updated 4 months ago