by Akan Ido
It was a bit of a chaos in Ajegunle, a suburb of Lagos yesterday morning as a woman who appears to be in her 80s was rescued by policemen after she was accused of being a witch.
Eyewitnesses say the apparently disoriented woman literally dropped from the sky into a pick-up truck belonging to the Eko Electricity Distribution Company “after losing her powers of witchcraft”. Residents say a bird that was flying in the sky suddenly dropped and turned into the old woman.
The woman was said to have narrated her story claiming that she was returning to her base in Ibadan after having a coven meeting in Lagos – incredible, right?
It’s hard to prove the accusations against the woman but here is how Leadership reported the story below:
A witness who only gave his name as Emeka narrated that he was sitting in front of a compound with his lover when they saw three black birds in the air flying as if they were playing and he jocularly told his lover, Kemi that two of the birds could be male, fighting over the only female one.
He said barely had they finished laughing over the joke when one of the birds fell and landed on a moving pick-up van belonging to the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, while the rest flew away.
Emeka said the bird then, fell on the floor and suddenly turned into an old woman, with blood gushing out of her forehead, as she rolled on the road.
He said a large crowd was attracted to the scene and the woman confessed to being a witch from Ibadan and that she came for a meeting in Lagos and was going back when the incident occurred.
The source said the woman told the bewildered crowd that they missed their way which was why they were hovering in the air till daybreak, adding that she fell because of tiredness.
Thanks to the efforts of Bale Rafiu Olayeni, the traditional ruler of Layeni Community who rescued the old woman from being lynched by mob.
Layeni called the police who dispatched an anti-robbery squad to the scene to rescue the woman. The police were said to have had a hard time dispersing the crowd who wanted to catch a glimpse of the alleged witch.
Olayeni told LEADERSHIP that he called the divisional police officer of Layeni police station, CSP Chijioke Ndu and he swiftly drafted anti- robbery policemen to the scene and they rescued the woman and conveyed her in a patrol vehicle to the station. Hundreds of spectators were said to have followed them to the station.
When LEADERSHIP visited the police station, policemen had a hard time controlling the crowd that thronged there to catch a glimpse of the woman.
A police sergeant who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the DPO had called for reinforcement and police teams from Ajegunle and Amukoko divisions were on their way to help in dispersing the crowd.
Ndu however declined comments on the matter and asked LEADERSHIP to leave, when he was asked to confirm the development, saying, “please no news here. I have transferred the case to the State Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja”.