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Is This Video Showing Police Brutality in Nigeria?

Is This Video Showing Police Brutality in Nigeria?


A Nigerian tweet shared the video below showing a police officer brutally assaulting a defenceless man who is lying on the ground. It is claimed that this took place in Nigeria.


Since COVID-19 hit Africa, Nigeria has so far recorded 21,371 confirmed cases, 533 deaths and 7,338 recoveries (see the latest here). Among the containment measures taken was the imposing of a lockdown in the country.

Nigerian police were reported to have killed 18 people during the first two weeks of the lockdown which began on March 30. Amnesty International has been demanding justice for those killed, and called on the government to uphold human rights during the efforts to curb COVID-19.


A separation of the keyframes followed reverse image searches shows that the 44 seconds video is actually from Kenya.

This YouTube upload by Citizen TV dated April 6, 2018, reported on the incident, as seen in the screenshot below:

From the clip, the officer, and his victim who was identified as Brian Ogutu, can be heard speaking Swahili. At 0:35, the policeman can be heard saying “enda chini” which is Swahili for “go down.”

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Swahili has official language status in Tanzania and Kenya and is also widely spoken in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Comoros Islands. It is also spoken by pockets of people in Burundi, Rwanda, Northern Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. The language is not native to Nigeria.

Also, note that the number plates on the vehicles in the clip are yellow. Nigerian license plates are generally white and the number itself is imprinted in blue.


The video showing police brutality is an old one from Kenya and not Nigeria as purported in the claim, making the claim, FALSE.

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