FACT-CHECKED: Viral Picture of Cash Not from Abuja Accident Scene — It Dates Back to 2021

A picture has been making rounds on social media with a caption claiming that hoarded naira notes were found at an accident scene along airport road, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. 

This comes after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced its latest plan to issue new N200, N500 and N1,000 notes that shall be in circulation come December 15, 2022.

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According to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele in a press briefing said the bank had earned the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to redesign the naira notes in a bid to tackle challenges of currency management which has negatively impacted the country’s monetary policy and security imperatives.


The viral picture claims that following the announcement of the CBN, the bunch of cash was found in an accident scene along airport road, Abuja. However, the user who posted the claim could not be detected as the post was cropped to exclude the user’s details.

Similar pictures have surfaced on social media with the same claims as hoarders of cash are reportedly dispensing cash to the banks.

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WikkiTimes fact-checked the claim using Google Image Reverse. The picture was traced back to a news report by BBC Pidgin dated April 28, 2021. 

According to the report, a member of the house of representatives, representing Suleja, Tafa and Gurara, FCT, Lado Suleja donated the sum of 50 Million to his people in 2021.

READ: Journalism Don Tasks Journalists On Fact-checking, Says It Remains Imperative In Curbing Misinformation, Fake News

Lado Suleja during an empowerment program in 2021


The viral picture is not from an accident scene in Abuja as claimed. The picture dates back to April 2021 when Suleja donated N50 million for empowerment.


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