Government steps in to ease fears of a phone call that purportedly kills people in Nigeria

Government steps in to ease fears of a phone call that purportedly kills people in Nigeria
As comic as it sounds, the rumor of a phone call that kills people has spread across Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. The rumor started spreading throughout the country via a text message and became so viral, the Nigerian government had to step in and reassure people that a phone call from 09141 won’t kill them. 

The text message states that seven to ten people have died because of the call. The Nigerian Communication Commission issued the following statement:


The AP reports that this isn’t the first time the country is alarmed after a widespread text message. Earlier, it was whispers of bombings and acid rain from seasonal storms burning people alive. It seems that the root of all evil here is only in the poor education and those believing such rumors. But what puzzles us is that people still believe in it, while we couldn't imagine even a remotely threatening application of a phone call. Maybe you have something in mind? Chime in with suggestions and comments below.

source: BBC

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56 Comments

1. superguy

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Maybe it's the ghost of one of the exiled "generals" or "princesses" that needed help transferring funds to a different bank account.

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Just western union them $6,000 and in no time they'll send you the $16 million dollars you're rich uncle who was a king left you in his will.

2. PHaS3 unregistered

I live in Africa. The people here (no colours mentioned) believe that a hairy midget with a giant penis (the Tokoloshe) will rape them and bite off their toes in their sleep unless they prop their beds up on bricks... There is a mass mindset of non-education and "moronism" here, and I fear that no amount of education will solve the issue.

3. lulz unregistered

Sounds like the same mindset that is widespread among the same sort of people in the US.

6. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

lol wow!

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Really ??? seems like some african people are stuck in the 1600's...(at that time most people in sweden believed in trolls, giants, and other strange things that doesn't exist. One thing most people believed in at that time also, that does exist though, and that is God).

9. PHaS3 unregistered

LOL In the 1600s here people didn't have bricks...

11. WM6.5Sucks

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

There have been bricks since the beginning of time

15. PHaS3 unregistered

Not in Africa... They used to make their "houses" out of cow crap, mud and sticks...

26. wow.... unregistered

formed into bricks....

52. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

talk about s**tting bricks

27. superguy

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I call bulls**t on that. :D

42. hepresearch unregistered

What??? They had sticks back then? When I was a kid, we had to make houses out of crap, mud, and dinosaur bones...

33. winston unregistered

Really? god huh? I can prove the existance of trolls, giants and such just as much as you can prove the existance of a god. Which of the thousands of gods are you speaking about? How about the belief in a rabbit that lays eggs and lures children with candy? I bet you buy that too huh? WAKE UP and start thinking.

48. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Of copurse God does exist. your post just shows how ignorant you are, comparing God to giants and trolls.

49. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

lol....god is a touchy topic. People have a right to choose what to believe in. Don't force your beliefs upon others Peter. And the fact that there is a discussion about god on a tech site is so funny.

51. dreek unregistered

god is the same s**t stupid people still believe in come on...!!! and wake up and smell the bulls@#t

53. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

seeing is believing. have you seen God???? or Jesus?????? EXACTLY!

55. hepresearch unregistered

matistight... just sort of curious, but have you ever seen a proton, or a neutron, or an electron? Have you ever seen a quark? Better yet, have you ever seen a neutrino? Do you believe that they exist, as you would be told they do if you visitedhttp://pdg.lbl.gov? Just curious...

12. Rich unregistered

OMG hes right... i looked it up on google... LOL!!!!

28. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

No wonder google wants to spread internet access to Africa. They are in dire need of education and information. On a side note though; putting bricks so your bed is liffted from the floor is a good idea. In Brazils' rural areas and some poor city areas people do this to deminish the probability of having bugs crawl in your bed while your sleeping. I take it that in Africa they might do the brick thing for similar resonse other than just the Tokoloshe lol

38. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

You sound very stupid. They have internet in nearly every part of the world including Africa. I laugh at people like you who assume Africa is full of idiots when Africa is the birth place of mathematics.

39. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Key word "SPREAD". I know its available in the African continent i.e. South Africa, Angola, Eygpt, Ghana, etc. I guess I should have been more clear. I just thought once I said "spread" it implied its already available in the African continent. Also I never said Africa is full of idiots. Its just a fact that education is difficult to atain in under developed countries; I'm from one so I should know.

30. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You have to remember, this is the place where "Voodoo" started. Everything is cursed.

31. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I thought voodoo started in Haiti?? I could be wrong...

46. Reg_R unregistered

You are wrong everything started in Africa.

41. hepresearch unregistered

... will cinder-blocks work, you know, instead of bricks?

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Damn this is crazy, I hope I never get a call or a text from that number. I want to live! Also I once saw an old video tape of crazy disturbing images flashing back & forth. Then I got a weird call saying the number 7. Then 7 days later a creepy little black haired girl came out of my TV & I hit her in the face with my baseball bat & took her out. So I guess the moral of my story is don't answer calls from numbers you don't know & don't watch old video tapes with disturbing images. lol I can't wait for Halloween. lol

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

"Also I once saw an old video tape of crazy disturbing images flashing back & forth. Then I got a weird call saying the number 7. Then 7 days later a creepy little black haired girl came out of my TV & I hit her in the face with my baseball bat & took her out." Is that true seperandroidevo ??? Be honest now, there wasn't a girl creeping out of your tv ?

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Peter I can't lie, I was making a reference to the movie The Ring. If you like creepy movies check it out. That didn't happen to me. lol I was going to embellish it & give some gory details to you so you would freak out, but I chose not to. Anyone else & I would have had some fun with them. lol

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