This is a stretch, but just a small one.
IANA awarded the 126.96.36.199/8 subnet to AfriNIC in April 2005.
It takes VERY little imagination to see the 188.8.131.52/16 being a subnet valued by someone. Maybe a Nigerian industrial ISP?
5/23/2006 14:46:09 whois -h whois.arin.net 184.108.40.206
OrgName: African Network Information Center
Address: 03B3 - 3rd Floor - Ebene Cyber Tower
Address: Cyber City
NetRange: 220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168
NetType: Allocated to AfriNIC
OrgAbuseName: Generic POC
OrgAbusePhone: +230 4666616
OrgTechName: Generic POC
OrgTechPhone: +230 4666616
# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2006-05-22 19:10
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There's no way that this is a mere coincidence. Blocks 22.214.171.124/8, 126.96.36.199/8, and 188.8.131.52/8 are all available. Don't believe me? Do a WhoIs lookup on "184.108.40.206". Use either
or any WhoIs type tool that you like. Check it.
Somebody in either AfriNIC or IANA has a wicked sense of humour.