By Bola Kougbe
A man, Oluwasegun Ayoola’s hands have begun to rot after he was made to seek healing from a self-styled herbalist at Oke Aro area of Lagos. Ayoola, 26, was allegedly taken by his half-brother, named only as Folabi, to the herbalist for healing, after previously fainting.
Moreover, Ayoola’s mother, Kudirat, claimed to be unaware her son was taken to the herbalist’s shrine.
“On the following day, the herbalist poured palm oil around my son with candles and some fetish items. He asked my son to kneel down while I should be praying. He brought out a knife and a divination tablet. He said my son had become his meat.
“We were alarmed and my son started struggling with him. I screamed for help. They started fighting and my son headbutt the man. Some of the herbalist’s associates came and beat up my son. They tied him up and dumped him in a clay pot. He was there for three days”, Kudirat said.
She added that efforts to locate a police station in the area to report the incident proved abortive.
However, Afolabi, the victim’s half-brother, denied any complicity in the matter, saying he only joined other family members to save Ayoola.
The victim, who said he depended on his mother for physical support, stated he hadn’t been able to lodge a complaint with the police due to his worsening condition.
“When I left the herbalist’s place, I went to a police station in Agege to report the incident, but the policeman I met at the counter didn’t attend to me because my hands stank and flies were buzzing over my injuries’, he said.
Ayoola added that he came across a police patrol van, which called an ambulance that attended to him.
Adeoba Adeniji-Adele, public affairs officer, Office of the Public Defender, OPD, confirmed the story and said the agency was studying the case. He assured action would be taken against the pepetrators.