A user X named Sonia (unahsonia) shared pictures of a burnt vehicle and claimed that it was the result of electoral violence sponsored by the Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma. The user wrote a caption expressing concern about the situation and urging people to stay at home.
To verify the claim, The Explainer Fact Checker conducted a reverse image search on the pictures and discovered that the incident did not occur recently. It actually took place around 8 am on October 2, 2023, at Ezzangbo junction along the Abakaliki-Enugu highway in Ohanukwu LGA, Ebonyi State.
According to reports at the time, gunmen suspected to be enforcing an illegal Monday sit-at-home order disrupted peace in Ebonyi State. They attacked motorists and damaged properties on the Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway. Witnesses and sources in the area confirmed the incident, stating that the gunmen visited the Ezzangbo junction in Ohaukwu local government area and set ablaze vehicles and motorcycles.
However, there is no direct evidence or credible information linking the incident to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State. The incident occurred in Ebonyi State.
The claim that the burnt vehicle resulted from electoral violence sponsored by Governor Hope Uzodinma is False .The incident took place in Ebonyi State, not Imo State, and there is no credible evidence supporting the claim of the governor’s sponsorship.