A viral video purportedly showing the newly renovated Abuja airport overtaken by floods is reportedly fake according to a tweet by Tolu Ogunlesi, media aide to President Buhari.
“With this certainty of yours one would assume you knew exactly where/when this video was taken—but you don’t. It’s neither Abuja nor recent,” Ogunlesi posted on his Twitter time-line.
The Abuja airport was closed down on March 8th for renovation and later opened six weeks later after renovation works on the Airport Runway in order to meet International Civil Aviation standards.
In the short video of the supposed airport which reportedly cost N5.8 billion to renovate, the tarmac is overtaken by water after a heavy rainfall with passengers in the video seen taking off their shoes to board the airport shuttle to the lobby.
The video was also thumbed down as fake in a Whatsapp message by Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi, the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (MIMET) who was responding to an inquiry about the development sent by Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
An aviation news site also claimed that the video of the flooded airport was shot three years ago in the South East Nigeria and not in Abuja.
Another online portal claims the video was made in Lagos, and is that the flight is Owerri bound.
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