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).
Ghanaian Man Pours Hot Water On His Breastfeeding Wife’s Breast In Enugu [PHOTOS]
A Ghanaian man, Emmanuel Opoku, has been arrested by men of the Enugu state police command for allegedly pouring hot water on the breasts of his nursing wife.
A women-based non-profit organization, WomenAids Collective WACOL who shared the sad story online, said the nursing mother with a three-month-old baby, was allegedly assaulted by Opoku after she asked him for money to purchase some food items.
The group said Mr Opoku has been arrested and will be charged to court on Monday, July 14 while the battered wife has been taken to the hospital where she is receiving medical attention.
On the 9th day of July 2020, a good Samaritan reported to WACOL that one Mr. Emmanuel Opoku, a Ghanaian who lives in Nigeria has been torturing and abusing his wife Mrs. K.
WACOL quickly reached out to the victim who is a mother of two boys.
The victim narrated to WACOL that Mr. Emmanuel Opoku was in the habit of physically and verbally abusing her, denying her and the children necessities and always torturing her unprovoked.
The recent incident happened when she asked him for money to prepare food for the family, he blatantly refused and while she was making pap for the 3 months old baby, he proceeded to pour the hot water on her breast.
Mrs. K has been in excruciating pain, she stated that whenever she tries to breastfeed the baby her breast will start bleeding profusely.
After her counselling session with the WACOL legal team, a complaint was filed and the team forwarded a petition to the Police Area Commander to investigate the matter and ensure the arrest of Mr. Emmanuel Opoku.
On receipt of the petition, the Area Commander promptly issued a warrant of arrest against the perpetrator.
The arrest has been effected and Mr. Emmanuel Opoku is now in police custody and will be charged to court on Monday. WACOL also took Mrs. K.to the hospital where she is currently receiving medical treatment.
Prof Joy Ngozi Ezeilo expressed her gratitude to the police for their prompt response in the case and stated that WACOL will follow through as usual to ensure that justice is manifestly seen to be done.
WACOL hereby, pleads with Nigerians to report any suspected case of violence against women and children.
Together we will end the impunity of violence against women and girls that is raging our society today.
I Impregnated My Daughter Thrice, Presented Her For Abortion As Girlfriend — Evangelist
A senior evangelist has been arrested by the Police in Ogun state for allegedly impregnating his daughter thrice and presenting her for abortions as his girlfriend.
The 44-year-old Oluwafemi Oyebola is a senior evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church, Ogo-Oluwa, Idi-Iroko and was arrested for engaging in incest with his daughter and repeatedly impregnated her.
Oyebola claims it was due to a spell on him from the devil that made him impregnate his 24-year-old daughter.
He disclosed that his wife who died in 2016, left him behind with three children; two daughters and one son. The other two children are 21-year-old which is his second child and the last born, 17-year-old.
He claims the other two children are aware of the incident.
Recounting, he said it started in December 2017 and January 2018 after which she informed him she was pregnant.
That got me scared and I took her to the general hospital in Idi-Iroko for an abortion. I paid N1,000. I presented her to the nurse as my girlfriend. In June 2018, the second sexual encounter happened and I took her to the same nurse for another abortion. At the time, the nurse confided in me that she was very fertile. I asked what I could do, and she gave me something (a contraceptive) for her but I didn’t know it was for family planning. A week after aborting the second pregnancy, she complained about a stomach ache.
Nigerian Lady Warns Ladies Against Going Abroad, Says Not Even Satan Should Experience What She Saw
The Nigerian lady, Arowolo Olamide Temitope who was notably prevented from boarding an evacuation flight to Nigeria by the Lebanese airport management after receiving orders from her employer in Lebanon, has finally arrived Nigeria.
The 31-year-old was among 19 other victims who were received by officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport In Abuja, yesterday.
Temitope on her arrival, narrated her ordeal while in Lebanon to reporters, warning young Nigerian girls against travelling abroad.
A video of her had earlier circulated on the internet regarding the violation of her human rights in Lebanon.
In the viral video she was beaten by Mahmoud Zahran, the husband of her employer, Feyzeh Diab, on April 25, at their home in Choueifat, South of Beirut, after accusing her of stealing a phone.
During her narration, she revealed she received continuous instances of emotional, physical and sexual assault she recieved from Zahran and Diab.
Following the viral video, the Federal Government demanded the Lebanese authorities to bring her back to Nigeria.
Temitope who described Lebanon as ‘hell’ while speaking to journalists at the Abuja airport said, “I’m happy being home. Going to Lebanon is like (going to) a hell. Nobody knows that will happen there.”
“I advise other girls to stay here in Nigeria and try to make it the way the Lord puts them through, because going outside there was like a hell, not only in Lebanon. What I experienced in Lebanon, I pray even not for Satan to experience it.”
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (APC-Oyo) described Temitope’s return as “a dream come true.”
“Today, Temitope is back home, unfortunately, I will not allow her show her face, the whole issue has not come to an end we really want to understand what happened in court back in Lebanon.”
“We are happy, she is happy to be back home. I hope this will be a sign to other young girls out there who want to go abroad for greener pastures to ensure that the circumstances they are going into are the expectations they have when they signed up for these agents,” she said.
Arowolo’s employer had accused her of stealing $5,000 and attempting to kill him.
Her prosecution in court had been stalled as the accusers failed to show up, while she was granted bail.
The committee had, however, said it was established that Arowolo suffered abuse and sexual harassment from the husband of her employer, Mahmoud Zahran, during her sojourn in Lebanon.
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