Voice Naija: Video Claiming FCT Minister Ordered Demolition of Jabi Motor Park is False
A minute-twenty-seven-second video has been shared on TikTok and forwarded many times on WhatsApp with the claim that the new FCT Minister and former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has ordered the demolition of Jabi Motor Park in Abuja.
The video shows a man speaking in the Hausa language, lamenting that “Everyone in Nigeria knows Jabi Park and today the government has ordered its demolition. Our shops have been demolished and our business burned.”
“Does the government want us to be criminals in society? We have found businesses to sustain ourselves but the government has come to put it to shame. We will not become criminals we will continue to work but the government needs to look into the situation.”
Voice Naija has verified the viral video and can confirm that it is false and misleading. The video is from 2020 when the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) ordered the demolition of illegal shops in the Jabi Motor Park.
In 2022, the Jabi Art Village as well as some illegal structures along Jabi Dakibiyu were demolished. However, there is no ongoing demolition of Jabi Motor Park.
Voice Naija urges the public to be wary of false information and to always verify the authenticity of news reports before sharing them.
How to Verify a Viral Video
If you see a viral video that you are unsure about, there are a few things you can do to verify its authenticity:
- Run a Google reverse image search on the video. This will show you if the video has been posted online before.
- Check the date and time stamp on the video. If it is from a few years ago, it is likely not recent.
- Look for other news reports about the video. If there are no other reports, it is likely not true.
- Contact the source of the video to ask for more information.
By following these steps, you can help to stop the spread of misinformation.