Policemen were battling yesterday to keep away a crowd that stormed their station at Layeni in Ajegunle, the popular Lagos suburb, to catch a glimpse of a suspect. The suspect is an old woman who residents described as a confessed witch.
They said a bird turned into a woman who they claimed, seemed to be in her 80s.
Among residents who gathered on Ojo Road, Ajegunle, to see the “shocking” scene was Emeka Christian,who said he was with his girlfriend when they saw three flying black birds in the air.
“I jokingly told my girlfriend – Kemi – that two of the birds could be males fighting over the only female among them.
We both laughed it over, but we could not believe our eyes when suddenly one of the birds fell and began to transform into an old woman who appeared in her 80s. The two other birds flew away. While some waited in disbelief, others took to their heels,” said Emeka.
As the woman rolled on the road, with blood gushing out of her forehead, according to Emeka, she confessed to being a witch, adding that she was returning to her Ibadan, Oyo State home from a meeting in Lagos.
Another eyewitness said: “I have never seen this kind of incident in my life. I used to hear it, but this is terrifying. So these things truly happen? God will save and protect us”.
At Layeni Police Station, the crowd was so uncontrollable that the officer in charge ordered the woman’s transfer to the Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Police Command spokesperson Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of police (DSP), confirmed the incident, but said the police do not get involved in supernatural cases.
She said: “The residents said they saw a bird that suddenly hit an electric pole and landed on the ground and turned to an old woman. They wanted to lynch her but she was rescued by operatives from Layeni Police Station who were on patrol.
The residents besieged the police station and wanted to set it ablaze but were prevented. The woman is still in our custody and investigation is ongoing to ascertain where she was coming from and what she came to do in Lagos.”
Braide advised the public against jungle justice, adding that people should learn how not to take the law into their hands because it is criminal.
SOURCE: The Nation