S’Court ruling on Imo election: Report attributed to ICIR is fake news

THE attention of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, has been drawn to fake news purportedly written by one Deborah MacJacobson, published on January 20, and shared on various WhatsApp groups.

The report, titled, How Uzodinma Purchased Imo Supreme Court Judgement: The Role of the Director-General, Department of State Services,  claims that the Supreme Court judgment on the Imo governorship election was procured through judicial sleight of hands.

It also identifies The ICIR as the publisher.

We hereby state unequivocally that the Centre neither authored this report nor has facts to substantiate any of its claims.

Also, The ICIR did not commission any investigation on Governor Hope Uzordima or on the Supreme Court ruling on Imo state election.

We state that the author, Deborah MacJacobson is unknown to the Centre and her report had never appeared on The ICIR‘s website or any of its social platforms.

Checks by The ICIR indicated that “Deborah MacJacobson” is a fictitious name.

In fact, the two email addresses accompanying the byline used on the report ([email protected] and [email protected]) are suspects.

While the Yahoo mail address is not registered with the mail service provider, the Gmail address was traced to Kansas, United States.

The ICIR also observed that the report has not been published by any website in Nigeria or abroad.

Its circulation appears to have been restricted to WhatsApp, an instant messaging application infamous for the spread of misinformation partly because of the difficulty in tracing the original authors of broadcast messages.



    The ICIR, therefore, believes the report is fake and distances itself from it.




    Ajibola Amzat, Managing Editor at The ICIR. He can be reached via [email protected]
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