Monday, August 6, 2012

Deadly Oranges (Nigeria)

Daily Times [Nigeria]
6 August 2012

Spokesperson warns residents against spreading panic

By Patience Ogbo

The Lagos State Police Command has debunked claims that 13 persons died in the state after taking oranges.

A statement released by the Command on Sunday, and signed by its spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, described the news making the rounds on social networks as false.

"The Commissioner of Police considers this rumour false, as none of the Divisional or Area Command Headquarters in Lagos have received any complaint with regards to such, from the public," the statement read.

The news about deadly oranges led to some apprehension in the state, with the information warning people to stay away from oranges.

One of such information being passed round says: "Please stop taking orange! The Nigeria Police has announced this morning that they have confirmed 13 people dead in Lagos, and the orange is spreading faster. Please inform others. Send this to all your friends and family if you love them." [...]