SLAJ-iVerify has fact-checked the claim that military officers, the Information Minister, and President Bio confirmed the November 26 attack was not a coup and concluded it to be misleading. The government has consistently maintained that the incident was an “attempted failed coup.”
Sierra Leone military officers, the Information Minister, and President Bio confirmed the November 26 attack was not a coup.
A viral video on social media claims that military officers, the Information Minister, and President Bio confirmed that the November 26 attack wasn’t a coup.
SLAJ-iVerify fact-checked the claim and found that it’s misleading.
To reach this conclusion, SLAJ-iVerify looked at the Ministry of Information’s Facebook post on November 30. The post on Facebook said it was a coup. During a press conference on the same day, the government also officially said it was a failed coup.
Colonel Issa Bangura said on a radio talk on November 28 that the November 26 incident wasn’t a coup. But, it’s important to know that he said this before a thorough investigation was done.
However, on November 30, the government announced that the attack was an attempted failed coup after a detailed investigation.
SLAJ-iVerify says that using Colonel Bangura’s radio talk without considering the government’s official statement is misleading.
Ministry of Information and Civic Education: https://www.facebook.com/share/v/JaLn4x2AAaYjfCoe/?mibextid=UVffzb
Radio Democracy 98.1: https://www.facebook.com/share/v/y8gwos7iMECaAh3x/?mibextid=UVffzb