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Fact check: No ship from Nigeria carrying 7,200 penises was impounded in china

A story that has which was shared by Fani Kayode on Twitter, claiming that thousands of human penises shipped from Nigeria in a refrigerated container were intercepted in China.

According to AFP Fact check, The claim is false; the story originated on a satirical website, and the accompanying photo was published in an article about a pangolin seizure in 2020.

The article was first published by World News Daily Report (WNDR) on March 19, 2021, according to data provided by social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle.

It has been shared nearly 700 times on Facebook and reposted by online news sites including Naija TellThe PodiumGbetu TVTown Crier and Sundiata Post.

This article surfaced about a year after AFP Fact Check debunked a different story from the same satirical website, whose slogan is  “facts don’t matter”.

However centapost also shared the info but from Fani Kayode’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/realFFK/status/1381995112205537287

MORE DEATILS ON AFP FACT CHECK:

Non-existent customs spokesman

Furthermore, AFP’s journalist in Hong Kong confirmed that none of the names plaques in front of the four Chinese officials read “Li Wu”, who was identified as the customs spokesman in the satirical article.

As of April 13, 2021, the spokesman for the General Administration of Customs of China is Li Kuiwen, according to Chinese state-owned Xinhua news agency.

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