Estimated reading time: 7 minute(s)
On 22 March 2021, a photo of cars and trucks on a flooded road was shared multiple times on Nigeria’s social media claiming to be a swamp highway in Ogun state, southern Nigeria after a heavy downpour.
Another version of one of the numerous posts had its caption as: “Sango Bridge after yesterday’s rain.”
Also, a post with the same photo by Joe Igbokwe, the special adviser to the Lagos state governor for drainage and water resources said: “Sango Bridge after yesterday’s rain, this is sign of what the people of that area should be expecting this year except the drainages are cleared. Please tell Ogun State to consult me.”
Sango is a popular city located at the outskirts of Ogun state, one of the southwest states in Nigeria. It shares a boundary with some parts of Lagos.
But, is this picture truly a flooded road in 2021? We checked.
Flooded photo has been online since 2019, but from Sango
When PLATFORM TIMES conducted a reverse image search on the photo, it led us to a Facebook post published on 7 September 2019, the photo has the caption: “Yesterday Rain @ Sango”.
But, the photo is not of any recent rainfall or flooding, the photo has been circulating since at least 2019
About the writer
Sodiq Ojuroungbe is a hard-working and energetic journalist with over five years’ experience and a deep knowledge in data journalism, feature writing, investigating reporting, fact-checking, and general reporting. He has outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and great content marketing skills in creating, optimising, and distributing content that effectively promotes a company’s brand. Ojuroungbe is a data journalist who has participated in several journalism training programmes across Nigeria. He has versatile digital skills and manages social media and operates news websites for different newspapers. He engages in social media advertising, digital marketing, email marketing, social media promotion, and more.