By Evans Isohe.
The photo of Sudan’s former assistant defense minister going round is doctored.
The image actually shows a victim of the 2019 drought in Kenya.
The twitter post claiming to show Sudan’s former Assistant Minister for Defense, Colonel Ibrahim Shamseddin in detention is not true.
Purpoted photo of former assistant defense minister of Sudan
The post, which has since been deleted, was shared by Femi Fani-Kayode, a Nigerian politician. According to the tweet, Shamseddin had been declared dead in June 2008 but was recently discovered in a cell where he had been detained by ousted president Omar al-Bashir.
The image has also been shared severally on Twitter captioned with similar claims.
A reverse image search done by Mtaani radio shows that the photo was first shared by BBC Journalist Roncliff Odit on his Twitter page in March 2019 during the drought that affected 14 counties in Kenya. The 2019 drought led to widespread starvation in Northern Kenya and parts of former Rift Valley province.
According to research done by Mtaani radio news room Colonel Ibrahim Shamseddin died in April 2001 after a military plane he was travelling in crashed. Thirteen high ranking military officials also died in the crash.
Mtaani radio news room has looked into the claim that the image shared on Twitter is that of Sudan’s former Assistant Defense Minister, Colonel Ibrahim Shamseddin and finds it to be FALSE.
This story was produced by Evans Isohe at Mtaani newsroom in partnership with Code for Africa’s iLAB data journalism program me, with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie’.