For the second time in a few months, Moses Olaiya, a veteran comic-actor better known as Baba Sala, has been rumoured to be dead.
This time around, Gbenga Adeyinka, a comedian and event compere, kickstarted the engine of the rumour mill.
Adeyinka took to social media Tuesday evening to announce the passing of Baba Sala, describing it as a “great loss”.
“An icon is gone, we lost him. What a great loss. The ace comedian, most senior apostles,” he wrote on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
“Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala died 3 hours ago. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”
Hours later — when family members of the iconic dramatist had debunked reports of his death — Adeyinka again returned to social media to issue an apology for spreading the false news.
Adeyinka urged Nigerians to “disregard” the information, saying he felt “stupid” for trusting the person who told him of the untrue development.
“Good evening please DISREGARD the news of Baba Sala’s demise. The source has since recanted. So sorry for the misinformation,” he said.
“Feeling very stupid that I just took his word for it. Sorry again.”
Good evening please DISREGARD the news of Baba Sala's demise. The source has since recanted. So sorry for the misinformation
— Gbenga Adeyinka 1st (@gbengaadeyinka) November 28, 2017
Baba Sala, 82, recently solicited financial assistance from the public after suffering a reported stroke.
“I need help. Nigerians should help me. I am not dead yet, they should not let me die suffering,” he was quoted to have said.
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