Rico Swavey

15.10.2022 Featured FACT-CHECK: Does Video Show Nurses Recording and Laughing Instead of Helping Rico Swavey?

Published 15th Oct, 2022

By Segun Ige

Following the fundraising and prayer support from Nigerian entertainers for BBNaija star Patrick Fakoya, popularly known as Rico Swavey, most Twitter users said his death was caused by “videoing” and “laughing” nurses in Doren Specialist Hospital.


Swavey, who was involved in a ghastly car accident in the early hours of Tuesday, October 11, at Abraham Adesanya roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway, had been rushed to a nearby hospital for urgent medical attention.

His fellow BBNaija ex-housemate, Tobi Bakre, made the announcement on his Twitter page on Wednesday, asking the public to donate on ricoswavey.com.

CLAIM: A video shows nurses laughing and videoing while Swavey was struggling for life.

Like most Twitter users, Warlo believes that in the hospital, “the nurses were busy making videos and laughing”. Another Twitter user, Ayeesha De La Cruise, said, “Last night when Tobi posted the picture of Rico on life support still wearing belt and short that was when I knew the medical team in charge are not it. Now seeing that video of a nurse making video and laughing“.

VERIFICATION: Upon close observation, it was revealed in the video that there were three actively engaged hospital attendants on the ground – two females and one male – who were making practical moves towards bringing Swavey back to life.

Each of the nurses was wearing their white gloves, and while two female nurses were moving helter-skelter, calling on the two people videoing to help carry Swavey’s body, a male nurse was attending to him, touching his head. From their responses, the people videoing were likely not health workers.

The nurses – two females and one male – obviously needed a helping hand to lift Swavey from the chair onto the bed, which had been laid with a white pillow.

“They will run a scan on him,” one of the female nurses said. “Oya mo na come; make we carry am abeg.”

“Call Eunice now. Go carry am now,” the man videoing said.

“Let’s leave the video matter,” the second man said.

A female nurse then said, “You people should stop making the video. Somebody is dying, you people are making a video.”

CONCLUSION: There is no clear indication of laughter and videoing from the nurses, who, for all intents and purposes, were screaming for help. From all indications, the men behind the camera were not nurses.

VERDICT: The claim that a viral video shows nurses videoing and laughing instead of attending to Swavey is false.

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Published 15th Oct, 2022

By Segun Ige


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