Human meat sold in Nigeria
Human meat sold in NigeriaReuters File

It has been revealed that a recent report that claimed a restaurant in Nigeria was closed down for serving human flesh is false.

On 16 May, BBC published the shocking report, which stated that a restaurant in Anambra in south-east of Nigeria was serving human meat. It has now been established that the report was based on false information.

BBC had said that the locals had informed the police that human meat was being cooked at the restaurant in Anambra. It further detailed that the police discovered fresh human heads, still bleeding, when it raided the restaurant. Blood was being drained out of the bodies, the report stated.

BBC has now published an apology, stating the report was false and inappropriate. The Daily Mail, which had also published the story, said it had removed the article after BBC Swahili confirmed that the report was incorrect.

The contents of the report, which sparked uproar in Nigeria, had been rubbished by the authorities.

Uche Eze, a spokesperson for Nigerian Police, said in a statement that the report was inaccurate. "There was nothing like that. I advise you to ignore that report. It's not true and it did not happen. We don't have such record. It's embarrassing," Eze reportedly said.

This is, however, not the first time such false reports have appeared in the news. In the past as well, reports had suggested that certain Nigerian restaurants severed roasted human heads, human pepper soup, and other delicacies made of human flesh. They were also established as inaccurate.