Architect Barry Whyte Okojie
By Daniel Dafe
The trending news of meat in a food bought for a lady by her lover in Abraka turning to a snake has been laid to rest, as our investigation showed that it was a mere rumour.
Oasis Magazine (OM) swung into action today to confirm the disturbing news that had fingered one ‘Mama Sonia’ restaurant as the place where the rumoured mysterious food was purchased.
According to the said lover boy who gave his name as Architect Barry Whyte Okojie (a former youth corper who was retained where he served in the university town), said he was still in shock that a mere prank he played on his new found love became the talk of the community and users of social media platforms.
His words: “First of all, the food was not bought from Mama Sonia Restaurant. Secondly, I intended to play a prank on my girl who did a similar thing to me some time ago.
“The dead snake that was seen in the food was placed in there by me to surprise my girl. It’s fake news to say that the meat in the food I bought for my girl turned to a snake. A snake killed by some customers where I work in the motel in Abraka was placed in the food by me to scare my girl. It was intended to be a prank.”
On how the news went viral on social media, he said some passersby who were not eager to listen to him at the scene went ahead to take pictures and videos and went on to start sharing on social media.
“They said I was a ‘Yahoo’ boy. I was trying to explain to them, but my
girlfriend said it was better we leave the scene to avoid any embarrassment. Believe
me, it was a prank I planned playing on my girl.”
While apologising to the owner of the restaurant and her customers over the embarrassment, he promised to be careful to avoid such kind of jokes next time.
On her part, Mrs. Solomon, popularly known as Mama Sonia, described the news as a mere rumour said she felt very bad when she learnt of the news and decided to report to the police.
“I dragged him to the police station since it was a blackmail. The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Hassan Isah has properly handled the matter and discovered that it was a rumour. He also has directed Barry to go to social media and debunk the report,” she said.
Continuing, she called on her customers to see the news as a targeted attack on her fast growing restaurant that is known for the delicious meals sold at very affordable rates.