Abalti Barracks, Lagos, Nigeria
In the “you can’t make this up” category, a young woman was rescued from a gutter around Abalti Barracks in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday morning, and accused of being a witch for being in the gutter.
Local media reported that a passer-by spotted the woman calling for help and ran to the nearest police barracks for assistance. Rescuers cut open the barricade with great difficult, and were finally able to bring her out. She came out naked. Local media reported the story with variations of the following headline; “Woman Turns Into A Bird And Lands Into The Gutter In Lagos”.
According to Daily Post Nigera, upon interrogation the woman declared, in tears, “My name is Amudat Jimoh. It was God that sent me here. He said I should confess my sins so that I don’t die. Please, I need water to drink. Help me. I don’t know how I found myself here. Please help me.”
Despite her pleas and explanation, many local residents said she was a flying witch who fell and got stuck inside the drainage, considering that the drainage had to be cut open by a welder. Others felt she might have fallen into the gutter during the night.
“I saw this kind of situation years back,” an eyewitness said. “A woman was found inside a pit toilet and said she didn’t know how she got there. According to her, the last thing she recalled was being at a native doctor’s house to get cure of HIV. A bag was found on her with Anti-retroviral drugs in it and money. This is a case Witchcraft.”
The woman was taken away by Ambulance for medical attention.
Photos on local media were titled with variations of “witch caught”.