A 45-year-old Belgian man played an elaborate prank on his family by faking his death and getting them to mourn him.
David Baerten showed up during the burial ceremony organised for him and explained why he faked his own death.
A video which has gone viral shows when he arrived at his “funeral” in a helicopter, to the shock of his loved ones.
David explained that he did all that to teach members of his family a lesson about the importance of staying in touch with one another.
In the footage, family members could be seen looking on curiously as the helicopter was flying into the venue for the burial.
The moment they spotted David alighting from the chopper, everyone was overwhelmed with mixed emotions. They rushed closer to give him a deep hug one by one and heaved big sigh of relief that he was still alive.
Watch the video below:
Similarly, an Ondo-based pastor, Paul Oyewole, has been arrested for allegedly faking his death in a bid to avoid repaying a N3 million debt owed to a church member.
The 43-year-old clergyman was accused of printing and posting his own obituary on the social media platform, WhatsApp.
Oyewole was arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court, Ondo Town on charges of fraudulently obtaining N3 million (N3,000,000) from one Boyede Emmanuel, with the promise to pay back the money within seven days.
According to Police Prosecutor, Akao Moremi, the defendant failed to fulfil the promise and instead published his obituary on WhatsApp after he had sent a fake bank alert.
Oyewole pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The pastor was also said to have “threatened the complainant on phone, with the intent to intimidate him and also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace, by stripping himself naked in front of the house of the complainant.”
He was granted N1 million bail with two sureties in like sum.