Photos posted on Facebook in January 2022 show a man in a suit bathing naked women in a tin tub. One photo identifies the event in a poster reading: “31st CROSS OVER NIGHT”.
The caption reads: “TIRKASHI : wani Choci a Abuja sun gabatar da Bikin wanka. Fasto ya wanke mabiyansa mata tatas Soso da sabulu, a cikin Cocin shi, a garin Abuja.”.
This translates as: “Amazing! A church in Abuja did a bathing ceremony, where the pastor bathed female church members thoroughly with sponge and soap in his church.”
Many Nigerian churches hold crossover night services a few hours before midnight on 31 December every year. Pastors preach and lead their congregation in prayers into the new year, but naked bathing is not common.
Do the photos really show such a ceremony in Abuja?
Comedy skit shot in Ghana
We also found a video of the event, uploaded on YouTube on 1 January.
On 3 January, two days after the video went viral, the same channel posted two videos showing how the “crossover night” video was made. In both videos, the director of the skit can be heard calling “action” for each scene. And they show that the women were not completely naked.
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