MISSING CONTEXT: This video of a ruptured pipeline in Aboru, Nigeria, is not from 2023

The recording is of an incident that happened in July 2020.

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4 min readAug 10

This video on Facebook supposedly of a ruptured pipeline in Aboru, Nigeria, in July 2023 is MISSING CONTEXT.

The clip, which was published on 25 July 2023, was accompanied by a text urging netizens to share the video so that Aburo residents can get help.

“Pls share this video to help people in Aboru via lyana Ipaja Oke odo local government Lagos State. Pipeline outburst around the place,” the post reads.

But is the video from July 2023?

Google reverse image search results on a keyframe from the video established that the clip is from July 2020.

According to a report by The Whistler on 7 July 2020, the video was taken by a resident and depicts petroleum spewing out of a ruptured pipeline in Lagos State.

News of the ruptured pipeline was also published here and here.

On 26 July 2023, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) also released a statement confirming that the video is from July 2020.

“The NNPC Ltd. wishes to inform the general public, especially communities in the Aboru axis of Lagos State, that a video in circulation on social media indicating a pipeline leakage in the area is three years old and should thus be disregarded in its entirety,” NNPC said.

PesaCheck examined a video on Facebook supposedly of a ruptured pipeline in Aboru, Nigeria, in July 2023 and found it to be MISSING CONTEXT.

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.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

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This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Rodgers Omondi and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.

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