Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Viral Audio that Claimed Dasuki was Dead

By Farooq Kperogi

Now that Dasuki is out of jail and we all know for a fact that he is alive, I feel an obligation to share the viral WhatsApp audio that had falsely claimed that Dasuki had died in jail. It was a recorded phone chat between two people in Hausa, which I received from more than 10 people on the eve of the presidential election.

I'd just woken when I heard the audios and was terribly distraught. I Googled it and found that a few fringe websites had stories on it, so I shared the news thinking, as the person who shared the false news in the phone call claimed, the government was really trying to hide the news from the mainstream media because of the upcoming election. It didn't help that one of the people who shared it with me works with the DSS.

It turned out that it was entirely false. Dasuki's family friend and media adviser Yushau Shuaib confirmed that he had met with Dasuki the previous day. So I took down my update within minutes of putting it up and apologized.

I just want to put it out there for the records. If you don't understand Hausa, get someone who understands it to translate it for you.

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