The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, got Nigerians all worked up after he started a conspiracy theory upon his appearance in Israel that the President of the country had been cloned and that the person appearing at social functions within and outside the country was actually Jubril from Sudan – a body double.
While the Presidency has neither denied or confirmed the allegations, different stakeholders in the country have described the allegations as baseless.
It’s all hooey, of course. As Shehu Sani, a former senator in the All Progressives Congress (APC) among others debunked the claim.
Political body doubles are actually surprisingly rare. Granted, if they’re really good, we’d never know about them, since that’s kind of the point, but documented examples are hard to come by. Still, here are three examples of “authentic” fake world leaders.
General Bernard Montgomery
The name might not ring a bell, but Montgomery was the British World War II general responsible for planning the D-Day invasion of Normandy. So, you know, kind of a big deal.
In the lead-up to the historic invasion, MI5 noticed that another soldier, an Australian actor named M.E. Clifton James, was a dead-ringer for the general. James was tasked with a special mission: Pretend to be General Montgomery and travel around Gibraltar and Northern Africa while loudly talking about fake Allied plans within earshot of Nazi spies.
James, who was missing a finger from the first World War and wore a prosthetic to better pass as Montgomery, pulled it off. In his autobiography, I Was Monty’s Double James claimed that the Nazis had been so thoroughly duped that they considered assassinating him.
The Germans ended up moving a lot of their troops to southern France, where, thanks in part to James’ actions, they thought the invasion would come from instead of Normandy.
Saddam Hussein (and maybe his son, Uday Hussein)
The late Iraqi dictator reportedly employed a roster of body doubles while ruling the Middle Eastern country, according to U.S. Military officials.
According to an expert, especially observant Iraqis could tell if they were dealing with the real Hussein by whether or not his bodyguard would ever joke around.
Talk of Hussein’s use of body doubles was so prolific, that when he was captured in 2003, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had to address concerns that the U.S. had nabbed a decoy.
“Knowing that his doubles had used plastic surgery and could very well have done duplicate tattoos and bullet holes and various things [like] moles that would make it appear they were Saddam Hussein, the decision was made to have him publicly identified,” Rumsfeld explained in a Pentagon briefing.
Hussein’s oldest son, Uday Hussein, may have used a body double as well. According to the supposed double, Latif Yahia, he went to school with Uday, and in 1988 when he was serving his mandatory stint in the Iraqi military, was enlisted to be Uday’s body double against his wishes.
Yahia claimed that he had been shot 26 times while pretending to be Uday, who he said was a psychopath. He eventually escaped Iraq, and there was even a Hollywood movie about his story, The Devil’s Double.
Some journalists have cast serious doubts on some or all of Yahia’s story, but it made for a pretty good movie.
The leader of the U.S.S.R. was infamous for his mastery of propaganda, so perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that he employed body doubles. One double, known only as “Rashid,” was reportedly dismissed from the army because of his resemblance to Stalin. After he went home, a KGB agent came to recruit “Rashid,” and he would go on to sit-in for the dictator at meetings and banquets. He died in 1991 at age 93.
A little more is known about another of Stalin’s supposed doubles, Felix Dadaev.
As Dadaev tells it, he was injured during the Russian liberation of Grozny in 1942 and Soviet superiors faked his death. He was told that he needed to pass as Stalin — who at the time was nearly 40 years his senior. Had he not impressed the chief of the secret police or Stalin’s personal head of security, Dadaev says he probably would’ve been shot.
His biggest outing as “Stalin” was during the dictator’s trip to the 1945 Yalta conference. Stalin’s flight was a secret, but one with Dadaev was made public.
Dadaev kept his role as a body double a secret until he was 88, only spilling the beans in 2008 (with the blessing of Vladimir Putin, naturally).
SAD: ‘How My Father Fingered Me Every Morning’— Lady Shares Her Painful Story
A lady has shared a gripping tale of how her own biological father inserted his fingers into her private part every morning.
The lady who was identified as Ama during a recent interview with Obaapa Esi Akyere on Radio 1 Akwaaba in Ghana said it became a routine every morning for the father to finger her at 5am to satisfy his lustful desires.
The lady who is now 25 years explained that this started happening after her mother left the country for sometime the act still continues although her mother is back.
“My father has been fingering me for the past five years now…this happened when my mother left the country…he forced me the first time…although my Mom is back home my father still continues the act.
One surprising thing is that my father come to my room every morning at 5am to finger me…I want to tell my mother but I’m afraid and ashamed of myself, I don’t really know what to do and it has been happening for the past 5 years and their only child”, she added.
19-Year-Old Yahoo Boy Sets Girlfriend Ablaze In Lagos
Operatives of Iba Police Station have arrested a 19-year-old boy, Orji Ifeanyichukwu for allegedly setting his 24-year-old girlfriend, Alabi Tolani ablaze because she had another lover.
DSP Bala Elkana, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, said this in a statement released to newsmen on Sunday.
Elkana said that the incident took place at G54, Army Post Service Housing Estate, Ojo, Lagos where they both lived in Ifeanyichukwu’s N600, 000 per annum apartment.
“Ifeanyichukwu met the victim on Feb. 28, through a hookup and she moved into his house in March.
“He has been into internet fraud popularly known as Yahoo boys for the past three years where he gets the proceeds for renting the apartment.
“They have since then, inhabited as lovers because her parents live apart,” the police spokesman said.
He said that Ifeanyichukwu brought Tolani into his house with conditions that she would quit prostitution and stick to him alone.
“However, trouble started on Thursday when the victim left home to fix her hair and did not return until the next day.
“She equally left the house on Friday under the guise of visiting her father but ended up seeing another man.
“Ifeanyichukwu got to know on Saturday when she returned by scrolling through her phone and saw her chats, video calls and pictures of herself naked which she sent to her client,” Elkana said.
He said that the suspect (Ifeanyichukwu) became angry and used the petrol he kept for his generator to set her ablaze.
“A team of detectives visited the scene and the victim has been taken to General Hospital, Igando where she was admitted but died in the early hours of Sunday.
“The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has directed the immediate transfer of the case to Criminal Investigation Department Yaba.
“The suspect confessed to the commission of the crime and will be charged to court for murder,” Elkana said
Why We Are Against New Marriage Certificate Law – PFN
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has described the newly introduced marriage certificate law by the federal government as exploitative and an attempt to commercialize Christian marriages in the country.
Speaking through it’s National President, Rev. (Dr.) Felix Omobude, the PFN chided the Ministry of Interior for imposing what it called “anti-Christian law” on the church in Nigeria.
The federal government, had, through the Ministry of Interior recently announced a compulsory N30,000 licence charge for Christian worship centres for the conduct of statutory marriages in churches and N21,000 charge for each marriage certificate issued.
But Omobude in a statement he personally signed on Sunday in Benin, Edo state, said the new law is targeted at the church.
He added that the PFN would use all legitimate means to make the federal government rescind on the new marriage certificate law.
“This is very unfair and to the best of our understanding, the new law is targeted against the Church because the traditional and Islamic weddings are exempted from paying the new marriage certificate fees.
“PFN is at a loss as to why Church marriages should be in the exclusive list of the nation’s constitution.
“The PFN, therefore calls on the federal government to immediately shelve the unpopular policy targeted against Christian marriages in the country.
“If the Ministry of Interior is in dire need of funds, it should look elsewhere and resist the temptation of placing extra financial burden on the Christians and their churches,” Omobude said.