On Thursday, February 3, three African drug traffickers were arrested after attempting to bypass authorities by dressing up as Arab women.
The shocking pictures of the men donning hijabs, abayas and smeared in thick light-toned foundation made several rounds on social media and platforms alleged that the arrest was made at Dubai Airport by local authorities… which is FAKE news.
3 Nigerian men dressed as Arab women were arrested at Dubai Airport.
В аеропорту Дубая заарештували 3 нігерійських чоловіків, одягнених як арабські жінки. pic.twitter.com/owi2cBD3Mg
— Arthur Vik (@ArthurVikh) February 18, 2022
From news sites to social media outlets, many were under the impression that the arrest was made in Dubai. When in fact, the three drug smugglers were taken into custody in Algeria
‘Such A Shame’ Reactions As Nigerians Dressed Like Arab Women Arrested In Dubai https://t.co/wMC2DDMFZ7
— Naija News (@NaijaNews) February 16, 2022
Even Fact Crescendo (an unbiased fact-checking website), verified that outlets claiming that the “Nigerian men dressed up as Arab women arrested at Dubai Airport” misreported the incident
🚨#FakeNewsAlert– Images of men arrested for drug trafficking in Algeria are falsely claimed to be from Dubai. News websites misreported these images based upon memes and TikTok videos that Nigerian men dressed up as Arab women arrested at Dubai Airport✅ pic.twitter.com/qo1WtCNmcq
— Fact Crescendo (@FactCrescendo) February 19, 2022
Algeria Police further issued a statement on their official Facebook page earlier this month where it was made clear that the arrest happened in the North African country
The trio attempting to impersonate women were a part of a bigger ring of local and foreign drug and human traffickers. The gang was caught by Algeria’s Anti-Narcotics and Psychiatric Effects Squad.