Several platforms and social media users claimed the terrorists were mocking the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Goodwin Emefiele, by displaying the new currency notes. The bank had argued earlier that introducing the new notes would minimise “incidences of terrorism and kidnapping”.
“Here are terrorists/bandits mocking the CBN and government displaying stashed new Naira notes of different denominations,” claimed Greg Esheya, an Ebonyi-based ‘public affairs analyst’ who shared the video on Facebook on Monday, Feb. 6.
The video has also been shared widely on Twitter, TikTok, Whatsapp, and YouTube.
There is, however, no evidence that it shows terrorists in Nigeria or they are displaying the currency to mock the Nigerian government.
Closer inspection also reveals that the money displayed in the video is not the Naira. The design, colour, and denomination of the notes are distinct from those of the Naira and do not match the current new currency in circulation in Nigeria.
One of the notes, which has a similar colour as the new 200 Naira, has clearly shown a denomination with the number 20 instead.
The song playing in the background of the video, which appears to have been originally shared on TikTok, is not Hausa and does not seem to be any Nigerian dialect.
Going through the notes of various African countries with desert lands and significant Muslim populations, HumAngle found striking similarities between the notes in the video and the Libyan dinar.
The 20 Libyan dinar notes in both cases have the figure “20” in the same location, the same colour, and prominently feature mud houses. Similarly, the 10 Libyan dinar notes are both green and have the face of Saddek Omar Elkaber, governor of the Central Bank of Libya.
The other video shows a terror kingpin Kachalla Balleri mocking the Nigerian government while displaying the new Naira notes. The old video has been circulated widely and verified by HumAngle.
The Nigerian government has said that one of the reasons behind redesigning the Naira notes is to fight insecurity. Still, reports have shown that kidnappers have resorted to demanding ransoms in the new currency notes.
Additional research by ‘Kunle Adebajo.
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