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Fake News Alert: Report that Yakubu Gowon is dead is FALSE

On Monday, many users on X claimed that General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), Nigeria’s former Head of State is dead.

Yakubu Gowon, former Head of State, Nigeria
Yakubu Gowon, former Head of State, Nigeria

Claim

On Monday, many users on X claimed that General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), Nigeria’s former Head of State is dead.

According to the claim, Gowon had died at the age of 88 years.

The rumour of the death of Gowon was already trending across social media platforms. Being a former Head of State, the news around his death rumour which was tending towards negative narratives on Biafra war prompted DailyAgent Check to verify the claim.

Verification

DailyAgent Check searched for authentic sources to the claim and no official announcement either from his family or the Federal Government.

Adeyeye E. Ajayi, the personal aide to the retired general, said the rumour of the death of the former leader was fake.

“I am still around and well. I am not in a hurry,” Ajayi said on behalf of his principal. 

This was contained in a post on X by the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) on Monday night.

Verdict

The report is COMPLETELY FALSE

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