Not so famous town gives powerful ways to catch witches
In Edo, the suspect is taken to a witch doctor if a man or woman is suspected of being witchcraft, as evidenced by strange happenings or deaths in the immediate extended family or community.
However, he or she will be flogged and the devil beans poured on their hair before arriving at the place of the witch doctor. These are a particular type of African beans that are known to cause intense itching.
In order to force the truth away, the suspect will be subjected to all sorts of untold torture, usually to confession. The witch doctor also enforces these denominations and is excommunicated from the community if the suspect is finally found responsible for witchcraft.
This day, the 77-year-old Ukabi Njoku of Asaga Ohafia, Abi State, is reported by Nigeria’s national journal to be killed on suspicion of being a magician (18 Mar. 2004).
Njoku was a former member of the APA. Six members of the Ndi Ibeahi local vigilante organization are said to have been killed by Njoku APA (This Day 18 Mar. 2004). Njoku family members were seemingly threatened with death after the murder was reported to the police (ibid.).
In a second incident in the Cross River State village of Eyuma, Vanguard, a national daily, reported that young people were murders by local youth because they are suspected witches and sorcerers for the deaths of two local clergymen (Vanguard 18 Nov. 2004).
A mass killing in Ozalla, Edo State, of suspected witches and wizards captured the attention of various media sources (Daily Champion 3 Dec. 2004; Vanguard 30 Nov. 2004; The News 29 Nov. 2004).
It was reported that between 25 and 27 persons were killed after eating a tonic created by an indigenous doctor, which determines if witches or wizards were or were not (ibid.).
Prominent communities believed that the occult forces caused a sequence of unpleasant events over several years and the witches and wizards to be cleared up for the problem in the community (ibid., Daily Champion 3 Dec. 2004; The News 29 Nov. 2004).
The leaders of the town thought that those in bruising would die after drinking the potion, but those not involved would only vomit (ibid.; Daily Champion 3 Dec. 2004; Vanguard 30 Nov. 2004). The State Police Commissioner, Paul Ochonu, apparently ordered an investigation and the arrest and prosecution of murder participants (The News 29 Nov. 2004).
The News reports that the weekly newspaper published in Lagos shows that the killer of people accused of witchcraft was not new in the city of Ozalla (29 Nov. 2004).
Auntie B is an Idumoza widow in the central area of Esan, the state of Edo.
She was accused of having caused a child’s death. The woman was twice according to local sources. Presumably by occult means, have damaged children. First, a child said that the auntie gave him some food to eat before his life.
People assumed that the infant was killed by some magic substance in the diet. The case was reported to the community’s elders.
The elders, however, rejected the case, because when the infant was alive it wasn’t brought up to them.
Not too long after this boy died, another child became ill in the community and said the same gave him food, and reported it to the elders.
The elders decided this time that the woman should be brought to drink a concoction to find out her culpability.
The magic potion contained toxic substances, local sources said.