By Dauda Musbau
Claim: A Facebook user claimed that the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) has begun the release of admission for the 2023/2024 academic session.
Ahmad Abdullahee, posted on a Facebook group on Tuesday, December 12, that the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, has been releasing admission for the 2023/2024 academic session.
We retrieved the post from UDUS NEWSLINE, a public Facebook group, where it appeared to have been made. The group is one of the famous platforms where students of the school interact virtually..
As of the time of filing this report, the post has garnered 227 likes and 65 comments.
Amongst these comments was one from another Facebook user, Ayodeji Horlartanwa, who wrote “Congratulations to you my course mate 👍👍💞”, showing the extent of the acceptance the misinformation received.
“Admission in progress,” said Ahmad
PEN PRESS decided to work on Ahmad’s claim in a bid to set the record straight.
PEN PRESS spoke with Shehu Abubakar, the Admissions Officer of the University. According to him, nothing of such has happened.
“It is not true, thanks,” he told our reporter.
In a further verification, we subjected the image to an analysis by using bing– an online image verification tool. The result shows that there are several similar images that have been designed to mislead admission seekers.
Using another image verification tool, our reporter retrieved some phishing websites’ links. A click on one of the links directed him to a Facebook handle for a certain University of Copenhagen with 1 like since 2019.
Also, through our research, we obtained another WhatsApp chat which reads, “they have started UDUS have started giving out admission.”
On a closer look at the image, we discovered that it was for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), whereas the UTME under consideration for admission is that of 2023.
The claim that UDUS has started giving out admission is MISLEADING!