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Nigerian Official Makes Bizarre Pizza Claim

Involving British Airways
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2019 3:40 PM CDT
A stock image of a flying pizza seemed appropriate...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It made the BBC's list of legitimate stories that you might mistake for April Fools' pranks: Nigeria's minister of culture last week made the bizarre claim that some Nigerians are ordering pizza from London via cellphone in the morning and that the pies are then flown in via British Airways. "It is a very annoying situation. We have to move a lot faster in cutting down some of these things," he complained while discussing imports in a senate committee hearing Tuesday, per CTV News.

Audu Ogbeh didn't elaborate on who these supposed pizza-orderers are, or why they would want pizza that's been flown 4,000 miles. It's not because the country is pizza-free: AllAfrica.com reports there are 50-plus pizza companies operating in Nigeria, a list that includes Domino's Pizza. The BBC notes that while Ogbeh's quotes aren't made up, it couldn't verify his claim. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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