Exclusive: Nigerian politicians comb Europe for fake news experts over 2019 election
London, November 15, 2018 (AltAfrica)-In spite of the global movement against the spread of misinformation commonly referred to as FAKE NEWS, some Nigerian politicians are currently scouting the nooks and crannies of Europe in search of fake news experts to be deployed in the build-up to the general election in the country in 2019.
A very competent source who has been approached by a foreign agent of some of the politicians told Alternativeafrica.com exclusively that they have had three meetings in High Barnet area of North London and the meetings were held in three different locations in the area mostly in the wee hours of the day.
The preliminary discussions according to the source were centred on identifying competent Nigerian bloggers or online News platforms operating in any part of United Kingdom or Europe with emphasis on those outside London and other capital cities with preference for Eastern European countries.
The first of the criteria of the blogger or news platform according to our source is that it must be less famous so that the people behind it would be difficult to trace should the security agents go after them. Secondly, such platform must not be registered or the operator known to government of the country of operations and lastly the choice platform must be a one man show for effective operations.
“My profile of the person they are looking for is a competent Nigerian with sophisticated IT knowledge and who is an illegal resident. You know these type of people have no known address and most often operate under the radar ” the source told Alternativeafrica.com
The source further said that should they fail to find a person with all the identified attributes, the agents also discussed setting up a new platform purposely for that mission but must be under the guidance of a Nigerian. The materials to be distributed-stories, analysis, opinions, pictures and videos would be handled by the agents and would only be done through Whatsapp for effective dissemination
The source shared with Alternativeafrica.com some fake materials currently circulating in UK purportedly suggesting that the current Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is a cloned person and that the real Buhari was long dead.
The material was also accompanied by another fake fake BBC news interview with Aisha Buhari, the wife of Nigerian President alluding to the same fact that the person ruling Nigeria was not his real husband