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A picture of Nigerian singing duo Peter and Paul Okoye, higher referred to as P-Sq., sporting hoodies with the flag of Biafra has been shared 1000’s of instances on Fb alongside a name for them to be arrested. However AFP Truth Examine discovered that the picture has been altered to advertise the secessionist motion. Within the unique picture, the 2 are usually not sporting the colors of Biafra.
The picture was posted here on Fb alongside a caption calling for the brothers to be arrested.
“Nigerian authorities purported to Lock this man’s up the identical approach kalu is been locked up… They’re distracting the peace of this nation by selling a terrorist group name Biafra (sic),” the caption reads partly.
“Kalu” presumably refers to Biafran chief Nnamdi Kanu who’s in custody awaiting trial on terrorism prices.
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The Biafra flag, a horizontal tricolour of crimson, black and inexperienced, has existed because the late Nineteen Sixties, when it was utilized by the Republic of Biafra in its bid to secede from Nigeria.
The flag additionally includes a golden yellow semi-circle to signify the rising solar with 11 rays on its edges. This depicts the 11 provinces of Biafra.
Safety forces have arrested celebrities for sporting garments in help of Biafra. In October 2021, Nigeria’s secret police DSS arrested Nollywood actor Chiwetalu Agu for sporting an outfit with the Biafran flag on it. He was released 4 days after his arrest.
Since Agu’s arrest, pictures of different Nigerian celebrities have been altered to point out them in Biafran colors, like P-Sq..
AFP Truth Examine ran a number of reverse picture searches and located that the original image of the brothers was posted to social media by P-Sq. on November 27, 2021. In it, they’re sporting plain gray sweaters and denims.
P-Sq. was the main singing group in Nigeria till 2017 after they broke as much as pursue solo careers within the music business. Peter, who took a brand new stage identify as Mr P, blamed his twin, Paul for the break up.
Paul, alternatively, took the stage identify Rudeboy, and blamed Peter for the demise of the group.
For 4 years, they each carried out as solo artists till a Nollywood actor introduced they had been getting back together in November 2021. A couple of days later, they adopted it up with a video on their verified Fb web page, stating they had been “again once more”.
After the video, they uploaded the image of themselves in gray hoodies and blue denims. There isn’t a proof of the brothers publicly expressing help for Biafra.