The video is of a man jumping off a second-floor walkway at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, US, in 2018.
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This Facebook post supposedly of a man who committed suicide to avoid deportation to Nigeria is FALSE.
The post reads: “A man committed suicide inside Heathrow airport insted of being deported back to Nigeria, that’s how bad and dejected the system has become. If there’s anytime to pray for our dear country it is now. Judiciary must save us from total collapse!”
A Google reverse image search of a screenshot from the video established that it dates back to 2018 at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the USA.
The video was featured in a 1 March 2018 Fox News article with the headline, “Man jumps over railing at Atlanta airport, sustains serious injuries.”
Fox News reported: “A man who launched himself off a second-floor walkway at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is said to have sustained serious injuries during the harrowing fall.”
Another report on the incident states the person, identified as “32-year-old Kyle Phillips, appeared to be intoxicated and began threatening other travellers outside the Terrapin Brewery in Concourse D.” There is no mention of his nationality or destination.
PesaCheck has looked into a Facebook post supposedly of a man who committed suicide to avoid deportation to Nigeria and finds it to be FALSE.
This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.
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The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.