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Fact Check: No Plan for Nigerian Banks and Internet Shutdown During Presidential Elections

Debunked: The Central Bank of Nigeria has denied rumors of a bank shutdown during the 2023 Nigerian elections.

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Debunked: The Central Bank of Nigeria has denied rumors of a bank shutdown during the 2023 Nigerian elections.

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With the February 25, 2023 Nigerian Presidential Election just 48 hours away, rumors and misinformation are beginning to circulate on social media that Nigerian banks and the internet will be shut down during the voting period. However, a fact check reveals that there is no official plan for such a shutdown.

Concerns about a potential shutdown of banking and internet services during the election period have been raised due to similar disruptions in past elections. During the 2019 presidential election, for instance, reports surfaced of widespread internet outages and issues with electronic voting machines. Some have speculated that a shutdown of banking and internet services during the upcoming election could be used to manipulate the results or to disenfranchise certain voters.

However, the possibility of disruptions to banking and internet services during the election period cannot be entirely ruled out. In a country where reliable infrastructure and internet connectivity can be a challenge, issues with power outages or network congestion could cause temporary interruptions to services. In addition, the possibility of cyber attacks or other forms of interference from political actors or outside groups is a concern.

With the election just two days away, it is important to rely on accurate information and reputable sources to stay informed about any potential disruptions or changes to the voting process. While the rumors of a planned shutdown of Nigerian banks and the internet appear to be unfounded, it is important to remain vigilant and to report any issues or irregularities to the appropriate authorities.

Rumors of Internet and Phone Network Shutdown During 2023 Nigerian Elections

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In the lead-up to the 2023 Presidential Elections in Nigeria, rumors and misinformation have been spreading rapidly on social media and messaging apps. One such rumor has been circulating in Northern Nigeria, claiming that President Buhari plans to shut down the internet and phone networks from Friday 23/2/2023 until after the election.

This rumor has sparked widespread concern among citizens, who fear that such a move would limit their ability to access information, communicate with their loved ones, and participate in the democratic process. However, there is no official statement from either the government, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), or the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to confirm or deny this claim.

Despite the lack of official statements, the rumor continues to circulate on social media, with some people advising others to stock up on essential supplies and withdraw cash from banks in preparation for a potential shutdown. Such advice, based on unverified claims, has caused unnecessary panic and anxiety among Nigerians.

Rumors of Central Bank Shutdown of Banking System During 2023 Nigerian Elections

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As the 2023 Nigerian Presidential election draws closer, rumors have been circulating on social media and messaging platforms about a possible shutdown of the banking system. The rumors claim that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is planning to shut down financial transactions from Thursday, February 23 till Monday, February 27, 2023, to prevent politicians from transferring money to buy votes during the election period.

These rumors have caused anxiety and panic among Nigerians, with some taking the advice to stock up on supplies in their homes and withdraw as much money as they can before the purported shutdown.

However, a fact-check reveals that there is no evidence to support these rumors. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which regulates telecommunications in the country, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is responsible for conducting the election, have not released any official statement about a shutdown of the banking system or the internet during the election period.

Furthermore, the CBN, which regulates financial services in the country, has not announced any plans to shut down the banking system during the election. This makes the rumors baseless and without merit.

Verdict: Debunked

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After conducting a thorough investigation and fact-check, we can confidently conclude that the rumors of a bank and internet shutdown during the 2023 Nigerian elections are false and without merit.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a statement denying the rumors of a bank shutdown during the election period, and both the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have not released any official statement about a shutdown of the internet during the election.

Therefore, we urge Nigerians to disregard these rumors and rely on verified information from trusted sources. Spreading false information and rumors can cause panic, harm the democratic process, and undermine the credibility of the election.

In conclusion, the rumors of a bank and internet shutdown during the 2023 Nigerian elections are debunked, and we encourage Nigerians to remain vigilant and informed as the election approaches.

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