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FACT CHECK: Was Justice Tsammani’s home attacked over judgment on Tinubu?



CLAIM: A page on Facebook claimed in a post that the home of the Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Haruna Simon Tsamman was attacked after a ruling against Tinubu.



Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani is the Chairman of the 2023 Presidential Election Tribunal at the Appeal Court in Abuja. He presides over a five-man panel hearing petitions by opposition parties against the victory of Bola Tinubu who was announced winner of the February 28 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The petitioners whose petitions were received and heard by the tribunal include those submitted by the People’s Democratic Party, the Labour Party, and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM). They are separately challenging the victory of Tinubu as well as his qualification for the election.

The petitioners have submitted their final addresses to the court after weeks of hearings. They are awaiting the judgment of the tribunal on a date yet to be communicated.

Meanwhile a facebook post claims that Justice Tsammani was attacked for reportedly ruling against Tinubu.

The post, which has been shared multiple times reads: “Breaking News: Judge’s Home Targeted by Fire After Accusations of Biased Ruling Against Tinubu. Thugs Allegedly Set Fire to Judge’s Home After Tinubu Ruling”.

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“In the wake of a ruling against the campaign of Bola Tinubu, judge Haruna Simon Tsammani’s home was set ablaze by alleged thugs.”


Ripples Nigeria found this to be false. First, Justice Tsammani, whether as the head of the election tribunal or as a justice of the Appeal Court, has not delivered any judgment on any case involving Bola Tinubu.

Secondly, the picture that was used to depict the arson is a picture of the Igbosere court in Lagos, set ablaze by #ENDSARS protesters in 2020.


The claim that Justice Tsammani’s home was attacked is fake. There’s no iota of truth in the Facebook post.

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