A man who is alleged to have been creating and sharing videos of a fake marriage between President Muhammadu Buhari and one of his female ministers has been arrested.
Kabiru Mohammed who was identified as a member of the Kwakwasiyya group in Kano state was paraded by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday, January 3, at the service's headquarters in Abuja.
Speaking during a briefing with newsmen, the spokesperson for the Service, Peter Afunanya said Mohammed, 32, created a fake video depicting a wedding between President Buhari and the minister of humanitarian affairs and social development.
Afunanya said that the service prior to Mohammed's arrest acted on a formal complaint by the minister of finance over the fake video.
Acting on the petition, the DSS spokesperson said the service acted on information gathering which led to the arrest of Mohammed.
Afunanya while warning the general public against the spread of fake news, said the DSS remains committed to the peace and stability of Nigeria.
Legit.ng reported on October 10 that a rumour went viral on social media with claims that President Buhari was getting set to marry Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, as a second wife.
As a result of this, many Nigerians were said to have thronged the Aso Rock Mosque, Abuja, days later as the news continued to spread.
Reports said the mosque, on that day, witnessed a seemingly unprecedented number of faithful in what appeared to be an attempt by some 'curious worshippers’ to confirm or disprove the social media story on the purported marriage.
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, was said to have debunked the claim and described it as a deceptive manoeuvre by those who fabricated it.
Adesina confirmed that there was no marriage taking place at the Presidential Villa as stated in the viral claim.
In the heat of the rumour, fingers were pointed in the direction of Mamman Daura, Buhari's nephew, as being the one encouraging the president to take a second wife.
But his daughter, Fatima, denied allegations that her father was arranging a wife for the president.
She said: “Wallahi, it is a lie. It is all part of what I am saying about the false allegations against our father. He is not even aware of the rumours about the marriage issue because he doesn’t use social media."
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