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No evidence APC thugs attacked Mrs. Atiku in Ibadan
THE wife of PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, Mrs. Titi Atiku, was allegedly attacked by “APC thugs” outside the Sarkin Sasa house in Ibadan on Friday, 18 January, according to news reports.
While there are no pictures or videos from the attack online at the time of this verification, websites like Punch and PostNigeria quote PDP stakeholders in Oyo state who condemned the incident, while the state police command denied it happened.
Checks by CrossCheck Nigeria, a collaboration of newsrooms in Nigeria which includes The ICIR have revealed that there is no visual or audio evidence to suggest the incident took place.
We investigated the claim by speaking with Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe, a spokesperson for the Oyo State Police, as well as other reporters covering politics in the state.
Ibe could not confirm the attack on Mrs. Atiku. “She was in Oyo on Saturday but I am not aware of the incident,” he said.
The Oyo State Police Command also denied the attack.
While Mrs Atiku was at the location on said day, there is no evidence that she was attacked by anyone.