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Witch Doctor, Stepmother Burn Teenager’s Hands Over Alleged Witchcraft

A witch doctor, acting on the instruction of one Mercy Jummai, has burnt the hands of one Ovey Friday, a 13-year-old boy, in Nasarawa State.

The teenager told Northern City News that his heavily pregnant stepmother, whom he lives with in the Wulko community in the Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state, accused him of always having sex with her in her dream.

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She then forced him to a native doctor who tied his hands and legs before placing hot coals on them.

“The native doctor, who is a Fulani man, picked a stone and threw it at me. After that, he rubbed the stone on me and tied my two hands with a rope.

“Then, he brought charcoals out of the fire and poured it on me and tied my hands, asking me to confess that I was a wizard and a member of a secret society. But I told him that I was innocent of what he was accusing me of.

“He brought out powdered pepper and poured it into the fire while the smoke smeared all over my face, with my hands burning.

“After that, he fetched charcoals from fire (he did this three times), that was when I began to pray to God. When he saw that I was praying, he came back and untied the rope from my hands, but my wrists, palms and fingers were already badly burnt,” he said.

Ovey, fondly called ‘Small Man’ by members of his community, said he was taken the hospital after his hands got swollen.

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Northern City News reports that Ovey, who is a choir member at the St Mary’s Catholic Church and class captain at the Government Junior Secondary School in the community, has lost the use of three fingers on one of his hands. It added that hospital staff, speaking on condition of anonymity, said if further treatment was not done, his hands could be amputated.

It added that the suspects were detained for one night.

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Bola Longe, the state Commissioner of Police, said the case is being investigated and the suspects will be charged to court.

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