Nigeria: Panic Over Deaths By Phone Calls Debunked By NCC

Panic gripped mobile phone users in Nigeria yesterday as rumors spread that people were dying after answering unknown callers on their mobile phones. Places most hit by the reports included Abuja, Rivers, Lagos, Oyo and Ogun states.

Relations were busy yesterday calling their loved ones and warning them to avoid picking any number that begins or ends with 09114.

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has debunked such claims describing them as false and advised members of the public to ignore them.

A press statement released and endorsed by Head Media and Public Relations of the commission, Mr. Reuben Muoka said the rumor must be the handiwork of some unscrupulous persons to instill fear in the minds of members of the public.

He said, “Technically, it is not possible for such a thing to happen because even the voice that you receive at the other end of the phone undergoes many conversions. It is therefore unimaginable that somebody will die while receiving a call. It is only very gullible people that will believe such a rumor.”

Muoka said all calls to phone users pass through the switch of network operators where it is processed and identified for billing purposes and that no operator has issued this particular number to any user.

“In so far as this number is not issued by an operator, there is no way such a phone number will be able to call anybody in any of the networks,” he said.

He said he had personally placed a call to this number and it showed it is not a valid number, and therefore, will not be able to make or receive calls.

He said the need to nip such rumor in the bud, justifies the rationale for ongoing SIM card registration exercise in the country which will ensure that all phone users will be identified with their fingerprints and digital photographs.

He urged subscribers to go about their normal businesses and ensure that they all register their SIM cards with either their service providers or NCC appointed agents before the end of the program by month end.

“Some text messages were making the rounds yesterday, with a claim that 10 people have died in Wukari while receiving calls from a particular phone number… 09141, while another version claimed that seven people have died for the same reason,” he said.

Also, Mr. Bolaji Adigun, Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee, Kubwa, FCT, has debunked the rumor making the rounds in the area that people are dying after receiving calls from unknown telephone numbers.

Adigun said the committee had contacted the police, who denied the rumor, saying they had yet to receive any such report.

He said the committee members, accompanied by a police escort, had also gone to Daughters of Charity, a non-governmental organization, NGO, where six persons allegedly died after receiving such telephone calls and it was confirmed that no such incident occurred there.

  1. Balogun mary Reply

    May God help us all

  2. Elohor williams Reply

    Its unfortunate that this rumor is spreading around in bayelsa state yesterday and the issue of mosquito net which nearly killed people in bayelsa state only God will save us

  3. Nelson iyeke Reply

    It is believed that four people died in warri yesterday, please the director of NCC should do something about this.

  4. Sanni Reply

    What about 141. 141 CALLED ME TODAY I WAS NOT THERE TO PICK THE CALL BUT 09141 ALSO ENDS WITH 141. I DONT NEED ANY CALL FROM 141> WHETHER IT IS TRU OR NOT WE NEED TO BE VIGILANT

    SOMEBODY IN ORO, IREPODUN LGA OF KWARA STATE REFUSED TO PICK THE CALL FROM 09141 AND THE PHONE WAS CRYING BLOOD BLOOD WHAT CAN WE SAY TO THAT. I THINK PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY SHOULD PRAY FOR THIS NATION. REMEMBER THERE IS ALWAYS ELEMENT OF TRUTH IN EVERY RUMOR

  5. AKON Reply

    IN THIS MODERN AGE WE ARE STILL BELIEVING SUCH FAKE RUMOUR. HABA NAIJA

  6. yaks g Reply

    so bros in this modern age people are not dien, pls if u are a relly nigerian u have to believe that becs we listing to so many confesion by those magic people. we are in the end time so let christian and muslim setdawn and pray not killing each other.

  7. Hakeem durogbola Reply

    @akon it seems u are nt science student, if nt u would available heard about wave or don’t u know dat d call u receive has side effect? D frequency of dat call i very high dats y it killed those pple

  8. Kponka Reply

    Someone somewhere is experimenting something and thank God that Pfizer are paying for their own now
    Please to whom it may concern Nigeria is not an experiment ground as the toxic waste dumped in coco port still has its effects today.

  9. olagunju Taoheed Reply

    Why is it panic in everything we do in Nigeria these days?

  10. Fawaz haruna Reply

    Only god wil make medicine to these wahala may god protect us against those magic peoples

  11. Prissy Ali Reply

    We need to pray harder cos i belief that “in every rumour, there is an element of truth”. Besides, how is NCC sure that the rumour is not true? Cos i think they found something about it and do not want Nigerians to panic the more. The only solution is to pray for our dear country and also our individual protection.

  12. Imona Reply

    I reside in the u.s and I got this text from my friend in yanki “FWD: FWD: Pls, don’t pick any cal with 09141 from nija its instant death after d call, 7people have died already.Pls tell others fast,its urgent” I immediately forwarded it to all my friends, and the next morning I picked up one of my female friend to go to sch, on our way she showed me that the number “23409141” called her but she didn’t pick it up, prior to me texting her early about not picking the call..
    This is true guys.

  13. otes Reply

    either fabbles or real, only GOD can save us.

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