FACT CHECK: Video Shows Senegalese Troops, Not Nigeriens
A video shared on Facebook claims to show Nigerien troops.
The video shows Senegalese troops, not troops from the Niger Republic.
Niger’s military junta overthrew the president in late July, placing him under house arrest for the past two weeks, according to The Associated Press. The western Africa regional bloc ECOWAS has threatened to intervene if the junta did not reinstate the president, the outlet reported.
The Facebook video claims to show Niger soldiers. The video’s caption reads, “Niger republic soldiers displaying their strength, to remind Tinubu that they are not playing.”
The video, however, is incorrectly captioned. The soldiers’ patches show the Senegalese flag, not the Niger flag. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video actually shows soldiers from Senegal during the country’s April Independence Day parade. The Facebook video appears to be taken, in part, from this TikTok video.
@loeildulion_ « Ndam mba déé ». Démonstration inedite des forces comandos de l’armée sénégalaise. #loeildulion #senegal #4avril #independance #fyp #commando #armeesenegalaise #foryou #tiktok #senegalesetiktok ♬ son original – L’œil du lion
Video of the parade was also posted to YouTube.
The parade was held April 4, 2023, for the first time in four years, according to Reuters. Reuters was also the first outlet to debunk the Facebook video. (RELATED: Viral Video Purporting To Show Niger’s Minister Of Finance Crying Is Misleading)
Misinformation around the Niger coup is not new. Check Your Fact recently debunked a post saying the Niger military said that the U.S. should keep its aid.