Author: Yemi Sodeeq

Head of Investigative Desk, an Investigative Reporter and a Fact Checker

Manchester City claimed their fourth record-time English Premier League title on Sunday after securing a 3-1 win against West Ham. The Citizens went into Sunday’s game with all efforts to beat the push from title contender, Arsenal who were also gunning for a possible grip on the title. While a 2-0 victory over Tottenham has given Man City a two points lead on the table, the stake became so high on Sunday as they couldn’t afford a drop of points to lose the title, Should Arsenal win against Everton and they fail to beat Westham . A brace from Premier…

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Aimed at enhancing security and socio-economic development, the member representing Ilorin West/Asa Federal Constituency, Honourable Muktar Tolani Shagaya, has facilitated solar powered street lights to communities across the Ilorin West/Asa federal constituency. The installation of solar powered street lights, which has now entered its next phase across selected communities in both Ilorin West and Asa Local Government Areas further highlights the commitment of the lawmaker to quality service delivery and representation. In a statement released by his constituency office in Ilorin, “several areas have already reaped the benefits of this project, with Otte, Baboko, Alanamu, and Ojuekun Zarumi being among…

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Channels TV Image. Source: Facebook. Claim: A Facebook user posted a video containing the logo of Channels TV promoting a joint pain remedy. Verdict: FALSE. According to Channels TV, the station did not promote joint pain remedies. DUBAWA’s findings show that the video is AI-generated. Full Text A video containing Channels TV brand and logo was posted on a Facebook page, called Family Tree on January 7, 2024. The 42-second-long video, which was used to promote a joint pain remedy, featured a newscaster and a medical practitioner, Dr Rashard Dacus, who was introduced as the producer of the remedy. The…

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The Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) has officially unveiled Finidi George as the coach of the Super Eagles. Finidi was unveiled by the President of the NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau alongside the Minister of Sports, Senator John Enoh. Finidi, who was earlier appointed in acting capacity after the departure of the Portuguese gaffer Jose Peseiro was announced on a permanent basis last month. The former Real Betis winger and Ajax was unveiled in the full glare of the media at the NFF headquarters on Monday in Abuja. Before his announcement and official unveiling, Finidi, who has now stepped aside from his role…

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The Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA) has mourned the demise of the 11th Balogun Gambari of Ilorin, Alhaji Abdulkareem Laaro Buhari Morogo III. This was contained in a statement released by the Ilorin Emirate Youth under the auspices of His Royal Highness, the Emir of Ilorin, Maimartaba Alh. (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu Gambari CFR and signed by the National President of the Association, Alhaji Abdullahi Salaudeen and the National Publicity Secretary of the Association, Alhaji Uthman Jagunma. The IEYDA also commiserated with the Balogun Agba of Ilorin Emirate, Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu Adebayo, the immediate families and the entire Balogun Gambari…

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The death of the 11th Balogun Gambari of Ilorin, Alh, Abdulkareem Laaro Buhari Balogun Gambari has been announced. A high-ranking chief in the Emirate, the late Balogun died early hours of Friday at the age of 97. He was born on February 27th 1927 and turbaned as the 11th Balogun Gambari of Ilorin in 1988 during the era of the late 9th Emir of Ilorin, Alh Zulukarnain Gambari. The late Balogun of Gambari was a successful transporter that traveled to many countries outside Nigeria, including France, London, USA, Canada, and other European countries to get more business contacts. Speaking with…

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The Technical Adviser of Kwara United has expressed his concerns over what he described as the struggling nature of the team to get the desired result at their home ground in Ilorin. Speaking after Kwara United goalless draw with Rivers United in their NPFL matchday 23 rescheduled game in Ilorin on Thursday, Coach Dogo noted that the visitors were lucky to have escaped with a draw, giving the dominance of his boys in the game where the lack of clinical finishing didn’t help their goal onslaughts upfront. While stating that his team performed impressively against the Pride of Rivers, Dogo…

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The family of ex-nigerian international duo of Tijani and Ibrahim Babangida have been thrown into mourning over the death of the latter in a car accident which occurred on Thursday along Kaduna -Zaria highway. The accident which involved Tijani, a former Super Eagles winger and Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games gold medalist and his wife claimed the life of Ibrahim who was a younger brother to the Super Eagles star. Late Ibrahim, 47, who was also a prominent footballer featured for the Nigeria Under-17 National team, Golden Eaglets before he retired. The deceased, a seasoned NPFL accredited match commissioner was a…

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Kwara United will on Thursday, May 8, 2024 play host to Rivers United in the NPFL rescheduled matchday 23. The game will be played at the main bowl of the Kwara State Stadium Complex at 4pm. The match was rescheduled due to Rivers United CAF confederation cup engagement. Rivers United were eliminated from the competition after recording a 2-1 loss on aggregate to the Algerian side, US Algiers in the quarter-final. Kwara United currently occupy 14th position on the log with 40 points while Rivers United are sitting 13th on the same table with the same points, edging the harmony…

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…Pategi, Lafiagi communities rely on contaminated stream water …Lafiagi General Hospital gets water from well for operation In this report, The Informant247’s Yemi Sodeeq documented how water scarcity in Pategi and Edu Local Government Areas of Kwara State, continues to affect residents and medical facilities despite monumental government expenditures on local waterworks rehabilitation. The investigation also shows a discrepancy between the government’s reported financial investments and the communities’ continued dependence on contaminated water sources and privately-owned boreholes. It further tells how critical facilities such as the General Hospital in Lafiagi relies on water from well. Patigi local government area of…

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Nigeria Para Badminton player, Mariam Eniola Bolaji has won a gold medal to make history at the Spanish Para Badminton International 2024 Level 1 tournament in Toledo, Spain which ended on 27th April. Bolaji beat World number 5 Mandeep Kaur from India 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) to clinch the Gold medal and remain unbeaten in two Spanish Internationals in one week. In a stunning display of skill and determination, Bolaji faced off against some of the world’s top-ranked players and emerged victorious in every match she played. In the first round, she defeated Coraline Bergeron from France in two straight sets…

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To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, a group has advocated the need to set 18 years of age as minimum standard for university admission in Nigeria. The group,Ameliorators International Initiative Advocates in a statement by its executive director, Ameliorator Ishowo Yakub said the standard will promote quality education and will ensure that students enter higher education with the necessary maturity and readiness to excel academically. While noting that the approach has become imperative in the face of the jaw dropping standard of education…

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As a young pugilist, Ahmed Sulaimon has a lofty dream of gracing the world stage and securing some of the most prestigious titles in his boxing career. What is life without dreams? For Sulexy, as he is fondly called, his boxing journey is deeply rooted in his background—he grew up in a milieu where children must be competitive not only to survive but also to stake their claims and fulfill the youthful urge. Admitted into the University of Ilorin to study law. Despite the rigors associated with acquiring a law degree, particularly within the toxic framework of the Nigerian educational…

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For providing false information that led to a fixture adjustment, disrupting the live television broadcast schedule of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 31, Kwara United has been fined a total sum of six million naira by the league organizers. A statement released by the league body on Wednesday, April 23, claimed that the team caused their scheduled Matchday 31 fixture against Akwa United to be moved from Saturday, April 20 to Sunday, April 21, citing a letter claiming that the state government had planned an event at the stadium. The league body claimed that the information put forward…

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Claim An X user, @AllThingsSuper_ claimed that the NFF has picked Emmanuel Amuneke as the Head Coach of the Nigeria National football team, Super Eagles. Verdict: According to the Director of Communications at the Nigeria Football Federation,(NFF) has not appointed Emmanuel Amuneke as the Super Eagles Coach. Full text The appointment of a new Coach for the Super Eagles of Nigeria has generated a lot of reaction in the mainstream media. The team is currently being handled by Finidi George in an interim capacity. An X user in a post on Friday, April 19,2024 claimed that the Nigeria football federation(NFF)…

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By Yemi Sodeeq Source: Nadira Ali Claim: An X user on Sunday, April 14, 2024, posted a picture claiming Iran’s missile attack on Israel. Verdict: Misleading. DUBAWA’s findings reveal that the photo used is AI-generated. Full Text Iran unleashed an attack on Israel between the night of Saturday, April 13, 2024 and early on Sunday, April 14. The attack lasted about five hours, according to United States officials. This is suspected to be a retaliation for an Israeli strike on its consulate in Damascus, which killed 13 people. Daniel Hagari, Israel’s chief military spokesperson, said Iran’s attack involved more than…

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A Chieftain of Peoples Democractic Party in Kwara State, Honourable Adetunji Oyabambi has expressed his sadness over the death of the late Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim. Senator Ibrahim, the former lawmaker who represented Kwara South Senatorial District in the 8th Assembly died at the age of 57 on Wednesday after a brief illness. Honourable Oyabambi in a statement described the death of the Ojoku-born politician as a irreparable loss. “I am very devastated to hear the news of the death of my brother, late Senator Rafiu Ibrahim. He’s true politician who contributed immensely to the development of his constitutents and…

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Senator Saliu Mustapha, the Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, has described the death of late Senator Rafiu Ibrahim as a great loss. Senator Ibrahim died at the age of 57 on Wednesday after a brief illness. The Turaki of Ilorin expressed shock and sadness over the passing of former lawmaker who represented Kwara South Senatorial District in the 8th Assembly, In a statement on his social media handles, Senator Mustapha described Senator Ibrahim’s death as a huge loss to his Ojoku community, Kwara South, and Kwara state as a whole. He said the late Senator made significant contributions to…

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By Yemi Sodeeq Image Source: jcoydenreports.com Claim: An X user posted a video in which the Former US President, Donald Trump, is heard talking about the Nigerian President Bola Tinubu’s administration. Verdict: This is false. DUBAWA’s checks revealed that the video had been doctored. Since Tinubu was elected, the former US president has never commented on his administration. Full Text A video of the former President of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump, commenting on the administration of President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria has surfaced online. The video posted by an X user, @Ogunyemi71132779, follows the current and…

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The National Association of Environmental Health Scientists of Nigeria (NAEHSON), has condemned in the strongest terms the reported backdoor issuance of BSC in Environmental Health Science certificates through the University of Ibadan. This was contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Amb Jimoh Moh’d Bashir, on Friday. According to the statement, NAEHSON, a professional body dedicated to advancing the field of environmental health in Nigeria,condemned unethical and putrid practice, stating that it’s capable of undermining the integrity of the environmental health profession. The body, which noted that its reactions become necessary following the disclaimer from the University…

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The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets. This was contained in a statement released by the media department of the football governing body on Friday. Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 – Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage. Garba’s world-conquering squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu. The former Nigeria international…

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has banned the sale of Dex Luxury bar soap due to the presence of Butyphenyl Methylpropional. This was contained in a statement posted on NAFDAC’s official handles on Thursday. The statement said the product, Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No 6 Mystic Flower), manufactured in Turkey, contains BMHCA, a substance prohibited in cosmetic products due to its potential harm to the reproductive system and skin sensitization. The post reads: “Public Alert No. 012/2024.Ban on the sale of Dex Luxury Bar Soap due to Butyphenyl Methylpropional (BMHCA) content. “NAFDAC is notifying the public of…

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has bombed three terrorist camps in Zamfara on Wednesday. The operation was conducted by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji saw the structures of the terrorist camps eliminated and destroyed. This was confirmed in a statement released by NAF Spokesman, AVM Edward Gabkwet, on Thursday in Abuja. Gabkwet said the camps destroyed belong to terrorist kingpins, Abdullahi Nasanda in Zurmi, Malam Tukur in Gusau, and another in MaradunLocal Government Areas of Zamfara. He stated that Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions were conducted on Nasanda’s Camp where terrorists’ activities were sighted and their hidden motorcycles.…

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By Yemi Sodeeq Image source: Pinterest Claim: A Facebook user claimed that Nigeria will witness a total solar eclipse on April 8. Verdict: FALSE. According to the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), Nigeria is not one of the countries that will witness a total solar eclipse on April 8. Full Text News about the total solar eclipse happening in some parts of the world is currently trending on social media. The total eclipse of the solar system will take place on April 8, according to the US National Aeronautics Space Administration. A Facebook user, Onogwu Adah James, claimed that a…

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The alumni of the Ma’sharul Al-Adaby Al-Kamaly Islamic and Arabic Institute held the maiden edition of its Ramadan lecture on Thursday. The program not only served as a venue for all the alumni to meet but also offered an opportunity for the former students to further reaffirm their commitment to the development of the citadel of learning. The alumni, from far and near, converged on the school premises in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, to mark the auspicious occasion. Speaking to journalists after the program, the National Missioner of Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria and the founder of Ma’sharul Aladabiy Al-Kamaliy…

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The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) University of Ilorin chapter has demanded the unconditional release and payment of their five-and-a-half-month-withheld salaries from March 2022 to August 2022. The Informant247 reports that members of the association held a peaceful protest at the University of Ilorin on Wednesday, where they declared a three-day warning strike to press home their demands. The demonstration is coming a few days after their sister unions, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and National Association of Staff Union (NASU), held their own protest over the same issue. Speaking to journalists during the protest, Chairman…

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Jose Paseiro has quit his job as the Head Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria. The Portuguese tactician who led the team to second place finish in the just concluded AFCON confirmed the development on Friday on his X page. His statement reads; “Yesterday, we concluded our contract with the NFF. It was a pride and honor to coach the Super Eagles. It has been 22 months of immense dedication, sacrifice, emotion, and enormous enthusiasm. We feel a sense of fulfillment. “We would like to express our gratitude to Sir Amaju Pinnick (the president who signed us), President Ibrahim…

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The President of Dollyp Sports Academy, Ahmed Dolapo Yusuf has disclosed that no fewer than five players were scouted from the scouting tournament organised by the team recently. Speaking to newsmen in Ilorin on Tuesday at a press conference, Ahmed noted that the players were selected by top European football agents who came around for the programme. “Five players were picked from the scouting programme that we held last week for a possible signing in June. Noting that the programme attracted huge number of players, he stated that their selection was based on the needs and preferences of the visiting…

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Foremost Africa’s fact-checking and verification platform, Dubawa, has selected The Informant247 journalist, Yemi Sodeeq, as one of this year’s Kwame Karikari fact-Checking fellows. Yemi Sodeeq, an investigative journalist and fact-checker, was chosen alongside 40 other journalists, researchers, and fact-checkers across the West Africa sub-region, specifically Anglophone countries (Ghana, Liberia, Gambia, and Sierra Leone), for the six-month program. This is the sixth edition of the fellowship program, inspired by the urgent need to combat information disorder, enhance media literacy, and equip journalists with skills to combat misinformation and disinformation in the mainstream media. Supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED),…

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The sixth edition of Africa’s foremost verification platform, Dubawa’s Kwame Karikari Fact-checking Fellowship, began on Monday, February 26, 2024. No fewer than 40 journalists, fact-checkers, and researchers across the West Africa sub-region were selected for this year’s edition of the initiative. According to the organizers, the fellowship was inspired by the urgent need to deepen the fight against information disorder, amplify media literacy, and empower journalists with skills to further sanitize the mainstream media. This year’s fellowship cut across Anglophone West Africa and also, for the first time, included training for journalists to do fact-checking in indigenous languages. In his…

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