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Rivers Crisis: Governor Fubara’s Wife Kidnapped in Port Harcourt? Fact Emerges

A Facebook post asserted that Lady Valerie Siminalayi Fubara, the wife of the Rivers state governor, was forcibly seized The supposed abductors were said to be soldiers who were allegedly involved in the rift between Governor Fubara and Nyesom Wike 

But, a fact-checking platform has investigated the claim and shared its findings in a report published on Tuesday, March 26. 

Port Harcourt, Rivers state – A message circulating on the social networking site, Facebook, claims there was a gunfight in Port Harcourt, between soldiers loyal to Rivers state governor, Sim Fubara, and those loyal to his predecessor, Nyesom Wike. 

News Week Nigeria reports that Wike is the incumbent minister of the federal capital territory (FCT) and is embroiled in an ongoing feud with Governor Fubara. 

The post made on February 27, 2024, alleged that there was chaos in Port Harcourt due to the shootout and that Fubara’s wife, Valerie, was abducted in the process. 

It partly reads: 

“The clash, which lasted for several hours, resulted in widespread panic and raised concerns about the deteriorating security situation in the state.

“Eyewitnesses reported that the confrontation began when a convoy of armed soldiers loyal to Governor Wike intercepted a vehicle carrying Siminalayi Fubara and his wife, who were on their way to attend a social event” 

“The situation quickly escalated as both sides exchanged gunfire, creating a tense and volatile atmosphere in the heart of the city.” 

On Tuesday, March 26, 2024, a fact-checking platform, Africa Check, investigated the claim. 

Following its scrutiny, the media platform held that there is no evidence of the claim, adding that there is also no credible report of Fubara’s wife being abducted.

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