Pulse brings you the top trending stories that became viral in the past one week.
In the past one week, there have been stories in the Gist Category of Pulse.ng that made the headlines and soon became viral for their traction and reach.
Top on the list was the story of this unfortunate thief who snatched a woman's bag in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The petty thief who was identified only as Daniel, could not get out of the Lion's Den fast enough as he was captured after the victim raised an alarm. What he got was not what he had bargained for when he set out on his nefarious mission.
You must have heard of the MMM scheme that has taken Nigeria by storm. According to its website:
'MMM is not a bank, MMM does not collect your money, MMM is not an online business, HYIP, investment or MLM program.
MMM is a community where people help each other. MMM gives you a technical platform which helps millions of participants worldwide to connect those who NEED help to those who are ready to PROVIDE help, for FREE.'
But how true is this assertion taken into consideration the reports of the scheme being a scam all over the world and has wrecked many?
Idris Okuneye, aka Bobrisky, is the latest talk in town after the once dark-as-a-charcoal guy transformed himself into a white-as-a-snow barbie doll and has been talking about having a secret male bae who furnishes his extravagant lifestyle.
And he came out to tell the whole world that he is not gay. A guy with a male bae who spends huge money on him? Well, Ayomide Tayo has a reason to doubt Bobrisky.
Remember the Igbo businessman who stripped naked in Abuja in front of his debtor's gate demanding for his money? Well, few days after the show of shame and with the threats of taking the case to a deadly shrine in their village, the debtor, said to be a big time politician has paid his debts which ran into millions of naira.
Finally, on the top trending stories, this week, was that of a woman, Chinagorom Uwenke, who was arrested in Lagos for withdrawing her 11-year-old son from a secondary school in Abia State and brought him to Lagos for the purpose of begging.
Enjoy the Top Five Trending Stories on Pulse for the week.
A man has been given a taste of jungle justice after snatching a woman's handbag in the Gwagwalada area of Abuja.
According to an eyewitness, the man identified only as Daniel trailed the unidentified victim who had a baby strapped to her back on a motorcycle after leaving the bank.
Immediately she got off the bike, Daniel snatched the handbag and took to his heels. Unfortunately for him, a group of motorcyclists chased him down and apprehended him, tearing off his clothes and giving him the beating of his life.
Daniel was reportedly beaten severely and left for dead before some officials of the civil defence corps and officials of the National Union of Road Transport Employees, NURTE, picked him up.
MMM Nigeria, is a Ponzi scheme that originated in Russia that has now set up in Nigeria. Wikipedia says the company was involved in one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in the 1990s. It was estimated that thousands of people lost up to $10 billion dollars.
MMM was founded by Sergei Mavrodi, Vyacheslav Mavrodi, and Olga Melnikova in 1989. After a rapid growth, but it all came crashing in 1994 when the police shut down MMM for tax evasion. At this point, the company owed its investors $50m-$1.5bn. From the aftermath 50 of the MMM investors committed suicide.
15 years later, MMM established an office in South Africa. Using the same business model the company claimed investors would get a 30% per month dividend via a "social financial network." In January 2016, MMM landed in Nigeria.
What's a Ponzi scheme and why should Nigerians stay away from MMM? A Ponzi scheme, according to Wikipedia, is "a form of fraud in which belief in the success of a nonexistent enterprise is fostered by the payment of quick returns to the first investors from money invested by later investors."
MMM Global Zimbabwe has already crashed despite Zimbabwe’s National Reserve bank telling its citizen not to sign up to the Ponzi scheme. A few weeks ago MMM in Zimbabwe had stopped withdrawals. In South Africa, MMM crashed in May 2016. The company claimed that it was a media panic and said it was 'starting over'.
A business with such a shaky structure has seemingly attracted many Nigerians with individuals putting up to one million Naira into the system despite the Central Bank of Government warning people not to invest in it.
There are people who swear that MMM is legit and not a scam. Judging from the company's dark history, only time will tell.
Speaking of the 80s and 90s, back then when two men held hands I didn't see anything wrong in it. Two women could hold hands in public and I won't think anything about their sexual orientation.
Today it is different. Homosexuality is now part of our consciousness whether we like it or not. Things are turning, and a real proof of that is Bobrisky, the cross-dressing viral sensation.
If you don't know who Bobrisky is then you are really stuck in the 80s. The dude who has more makeup than the late Tammy Faye Baker has been all over SnapChat talking about his mysterious bae.
Of course, there have been some questions surrounding his sexual orientation. Is he gay? Why does he dress like a woman?
In a recent interview with Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Bobrisky stated once again that he is not gay. Oh, really Bobrisky? After tantalizing us with a bae that is definitely male, you are now saying you are not gay? Well if you are not gay, then I am not straight. One of us is lying in this situation.
In a nation where female genital mutilation is practiced, where underage girls are being forced into marriages and widows are forced to do barbaric rites, it is quite absurd that homosexuality is what annoys Nigerians the most. We as a people don't have our priorities straight.
I don't blame Bobrisky for saying he is straight. He could be beaten by an overtly religious crowd of hypocrites. Nigeria is not only a tribalistic country. It is also homophobic. We are righteous on things that don't matter and turn a blind eye on things that do- corruption, manipulative men of God and how we treat women.
I don't blame the gays in Nigeria for hiding.
The businessman who took his debt recovery measure to another level by stripping naked in front of his debtor's house and raining curses on him, has had his reward as the borrower, Nicholas Ukachukwu, said to be a top politician in Abuja, has paid back the money, a whopping N34 million to avoid more embarrassment.
It was gathered that the businessman identified as Chief Peter Nwadozie, a popular businessman known to have come from Ogboji town in Orumba Local Government area of Anambra State, aside from stripping naked and calling the politician out, had also threatened to drag him to their village shrine if he refused to pay the money within a stipulated time.
Knowing the efficacy of the oracle and what it could do since the two men are from the same town, the family members of the Ukachukwu called him to pay Nwadozie - also known as Nkume - the money without delay which he promptly did.
A middle-aged woman, Chinagorom Uwenke, who withdrew her 11-year-old son, Sunny, from school to use him for begging, has been arrested by officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Special Offences and Environment.
Uwenke was arrested in the Oyingbo area of Lagos State for allegedly using a bandage which she poured Gentian Violet (GV) on the leg of the boy to draw the sympathy of Nigerians.
It was gathered that Uwenke makes the boy lie down on the street helplessly to deceive passers-by and motorists and soliciting for financial assistance daily.
The Abia State-born Uwenke, during interrogation, said she made between N3,500 to N5,000 on a daily basis from the business.
“I brought my son, Sunny Uwenke who is 11-years-old, to Lagos five years ago to beg for alms while the remaining five children are at Ata town in Abia State with their father."
She narrated that the boy was a Junior Secondary School Two (JSS 11) student of Oworebiri Secondary School at Ata town in Abia State when she withdrew him from the school.