One Kabiru Mohammed has been arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) for allegedly creating and sharing a fake video of a wedding ceremony between President Muhammadu Buhari and Sadiya Farouq, Minister of humanitarian Affairs and Social Development.

The video, which was released in October 2019, got Nigerians talking and asking questions about the truthfulness of the wedding.

Confirming the arrest of the 32-yr-old man on Friday, December 3, 2019, Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman said the suspect is at the DSS headquarters.

He said the secret police launched an investigation into the viral video following a formal complaint by the minister for finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, who was also shown in the clip as Buhari’s bride.

It was also rumoured that President Muhammadu Buhari was getting married to Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed. (Punch)
It was also rumoured that President Muhammadu Buhari was getting married to Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed. (Punch)

Afunaya said, “Last year, 2019 between August and October there was a defamatory video that circulated widely across Nigeria and showing false engagement of Mr President in marriage with some members of his cabinet. One was the minister for finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed and another was that of the minister for minister of humanitarian affairs and social development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq.”

“On the 11th of October, 2019 the honourable minister for finance, brought a formal complaint to the service in which she stated that the video had cost her big embarrassment and asked that an investigation be opened into that audio/video and the materials associated with it, the infographics and all the materials that were in circulation at the moment. She asked that a detailed investigation be opened in that regard with a view to identifying the persons or groups of persons that may have been behind the circulation of such defamatory materials.

“The service went into investigation and we can announce that it had apprehended the person that is involved and the person who started this and who circulated the materials. His name is Kabiru Mohammed. He hails from Kano. He is 32 years. He holds a diploma in Hausa and Fulfulde from the federal college of education, Kano and also holds a diploma in mass communication from Aminu Kano Islamic school.

The agency spokesman, however, urged Nigerians to desist from spreading falsehood and rumours against one another.

He said, “We want to use this opportunity to once again please ask Nigerians as always that the spread of false news through social media does not do well for any person. You may enjoy the spread of such falsehood when you are not the victim. But if you become the victim, you will know the pain. And we want to urge every citizen and residents and of course Nigerians, that anywhere they are, they should desist from spreading falsehoods, misrepresentations, rumours against one another, against then government, and against institutions of government.

“By the time you click that button and you spread or participate in sharing news that is not true, you are helping in causing disharmony, you are helping in bringing problem in the country. And you are also feeding on differences in the country to bring about chaos, anarchy and instability. On our part we would continue to perform our duties and responsibilities without let or fear and will always collaborate with all stakeholders particularly the media and strategic partners to make sure there is lasting peace in the country.”