IN SHORT: Posts on Facebook in Nigeria have linked a popular Turkish dish to claims that there is a lucrative market for penises. These allegations have had harmful consequences.
Some social media posts claim that Nigerian men could end up having their penises served up as food.
One post, dated 11 December 2023, reads: “Abuja and Lokoja men please be careful ohh! So they don’t exchange your machines with dollars. Nothing this oyibo people nor fit chop. See all the missing machines here na …”
Abuja is the country’s federal capital, while Lokoja is the capital of the central state of Kogi. “Chop” means “to eat” in Nigerian Pidgin, and “oyibo” means “foreigner”, particularly a white foreigner.
The claim may seem trite, but it has had deadly consequences in Nigeria.
In September 2023, a man in the Gwagwalada area of Abuja alleged that another man had removed his penis. The alleged thief was beaten to death by a mob.
There have been other claims of missing male organs in Abuja, with the suspects often lynched. In October 2023, Abuja police spokesperson Ramhan Nansel told journalists that medical examinations of the alleged victims showed that they had not been attacked or maimed.
Are the images circulating proof that there is a lucrative market for male organs? We checked.
Images show dish from Türkiye
The images shared on social media have nothing to do with Nigeria or missing male organs.
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