The global media and social online platforms went haywire with the sudden news of Nigeria President Buhari’s in London. He was rumoured to have died in London during the first few days of arrival by an online platform www.metro-uk.com.
Our investigators have uncovered that the domain was registered in the USA by a company that also owned another fake news that carried another story few days ago of President Muhammadu Buhari in his London holiday residence.
The President is currently in London for a ten working days holiday as did last year too and as his media aide reported during departing Nigeria, Mr President will also attend or do a medical check-up.
Metro is a popular, free circulating morning newspaper on Monday to Friday in London and a major media brand outlet which the fake news carrier adopted its similarity in name to create their fake news at www.metro-uk.com.
The domain operates from the USA according to info:
Domain Name: metro-uk.com
Registry Domain ID: 2068743126_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.wildwestdomains.com
Registrar URL: http://www.wildwestdomains.com
Update Date: 2016-10-25T02:09:38Z
Creation Date: 2016-10-25T02:09:37Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-10-25T02:09:37Z
Registrar: Wild West Domains, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 440
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
They have accomplished their mission either with Nigerians in it or to embarrassed Nigeria and her people.
It is therefore eminent and important for news carriers, distributors and online bloggers to check sources of any news or issues before sharing it as the law on online can be extended for damages, libellous claims or defamation.