Six Popular Nigerians Who Have Been Falsely Reported Dead


Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, was rumoured dead on Monday, October 9, 2023.

The retired Army general has however refuted the claims that were going around on social media.

Here are six popular Nigerians who have been falsely reported dead:

1. Olu Jacobs:

Six popular Nigerians who have been falsely reported dead

Veteran actor Olu Jacobs has been falsely rumoured dead more than once, and his wife Joke Silva has had to refute the claims.

Most recently in August last year, it went viral that Olu Jacobs was dead, a few days later Veteran Nollywood actress Joke Silva took to social media to refute rumours of her husband Olu Jacobs’ death.

2. Pete Edochie:

Six popular Nigerians who have been falsely reported dead


Nollywood veteran, Pete Edochie was first rumored dead in 2012.

Last year again rumors of his death spread on social media.

On the 8th of July, 2022 the news broke out that popular veteran actor Pete Edochie was involved in an accident that took his life.

One of the sons of the 75-year-old actor, Uche Edochie, took to his Instagram handle and posted a picture of himself, Pete Edochie, and his grandkids, with a caption, stating that his father is very much alive and in good health.

3. Ibrahim Babaginda:

Former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd), on December 15, 2019, dismissed false reports of his death, saying he is alive and bubbling.

The social media was abuzz with rumours of the former military ruler’s death in the early hours of Dec 15, 2019.

However, his media aide at the time Prince Kassim Agegbua, said Babangida is very much alive.


4. Chiwetalu Agu:

Six popular Nigerians who have been falsely reported dead
On February 24, 2020, veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu, vehemently debunked the death rumours circulating about him.


He wrote on his Instagram page, “If you see such nonsense posts on Facebook, please report the owner of the account.”

5. Rotimi Akeredolu:

Following the rumoured death of the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the state government urged the public to dismiss such as false.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, said the “governor is alive and has been attending to state matters, as well as delegating state functions.”

Akeredolu was battling with illness early in the year and has now resumed his duties as Osun State governor.

6. Yakubu Gowon:

Rumours of the former Head of State flew around social media on Monday.

Adeyeye E. Ajayi, a personal aide to former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, debunked the rumours that the former Head of State is dead.

This was contained in a terse statement issued by Ajayi late Monday night.

Ajayi said Gowon is “still around and well.”

“General Gowon is not in a hurry to go anywhere.”



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