FACT CHECK: Does this video show a mob attacking the car of Nigerian presidential candidate Ahmed Tinubu?

A video shared on Facebook reportedly shows a mob attacking Nigerian politician Ahmed Tinubu’s car.

Verdict: False

The footage shows a 2020 incident involving another Nigerian politician, according to local reports.

Fact check:

The next Nigerian presidential election is set for February 2023, according to the Premium Times. All Progressives Congress Party of Nigeria announcement Tinubu, who was previously governor of Lagos State in Nigeria, was its candidate after winning the party’s primary elections last month.

A July 13 Facebook post claims his motorcade was recently attacked by a mob. Footage shows a crowd hitting and throwing objects at a convoy of vehicles. “Tinubu had a run for his life in Osun State,” read part of the post’s caption. Osun State is located in southwestern Nigeria. (RELATED: ‘Fake Cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria’ – Did the News Release This New Chyron?)

In fact, the footage is over a year old and shows an attack on another Nigerian politician. Nigerian media outlet Plus TV Africa posted the same footage on YouTube in October 2020 with the title “#Endsars: Thugs Attack Gov.Oyetola’s Convoy (News | Nigeria)”. The video description explains that the motorcade belonged to Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. The Nigerian Tribune also reported on the attack at the time.

Tinubu did not tweeted or issued a statement about an attack on him or his team. (RELATED: ‘Fake Cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria’ – Did the News Release This New Chyron?)

This is not the first time that disinformation related to the Nigerian elections has spread online. Check Your Fact previously corrected a false rumor in May that a Dutchman named Wieber Boer was campaigning to become Governor of Plateau State in Nigeria.

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