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Stepmother, Herbalist Burn Teenage Boy’s Hand Over Witchcraft Allegation In Nasarawa

Ovey in the hospital

 

A 13-year-old boy, Ovey Friday, whose palms have been allegedly burnt by an herbalist on the prompting of his stepmother in Nasarawa State, has narrated how he ended up in hospital.

Talking in an interview with Northern Metropolis Information on his hospital mattress on the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, on Thursday, the sufferer mentioned his troubles started when his stepmother, Mrs Mercy Jummai, 35, who’s closely pregnant, accused him of being a wizard.

Based on him, Mercy, whom he lives with within the Wulko neighborhood within the Nasarawa-Eggon Native Authorities Space of the state, raised the alarm that he made like to her in her dream.

He mentioned, “My stepmother mentioned she was all the time seeing me making like to her in her dream, however I instructed her that it was not true.

“So, she began threatening me, saying that I’d not keep in the identical home together with her. That was when she mentioned she would take me to a local physician’s home.

“The native physician, who’s a Fulani man, picked a stone and threw it at me. After that, he rubbed the stone on me and tied my two palms with a rope.

“Then, he introduced charcoals out of the fireplace and poured it on me and tied my palms, asking me to admit that I used to be a wizard and a member of a secret society. However I instructed him that I used to be harmless of what he was accusing me of.

“He introduced out powdered pepper and poured it into the fireplace whereas the smoke smeared throughout my face, with my palms burning.

“After that, he fetched charcoals from hearth (he did this 3 times), that was once I started to wish to God. When he noticed that I used to be praying, he got here again and untied the rope from my palms, however my wrists, palms and fingers have been already badly burnt.

“They introduced me dwelling and the following day, I woke as much as see that each my palms had swollen. It was at the moment that they took me to hospital for therapy.”

Ovey, who’s fondly known as ‘Small Man’ by members of the Wulko neighborhood, mentioned, “I have forgiven my tormentors.”


Residents of the neighborhood described {the teenager} as an assuming boy, who’s a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church choir and a category captain on the Authorities Junior Secondary Faculty in the neighborhood.

When our correspondent visited the Wulko Police Outpost, the officer in-charge, Danjuma Bujujin, mentioned the police have been working to make sure that these behind the crime towards the boy have been dropped at justice.

It was gathered that the case file had been transferred to the Nasarawa-Eggon Divisional Police headquarters for additional investigation.

It was learnt that the suspects have been initially detained for one evening.

Talking on the difficulty, the paramount ruler of the realm and Sarkin Garin Wulko, Joseph Envuladu, expressed displeasure over the incident, which he mentioned was unusual in the neighborhood.

He pressured the necessity for the police to diligently examine the matter and produce all of the culprits to guide.

Our correspondent was knowledgeable that the injury carried out to the sufferer had led to the everlasting lack of using three fingers on one in every of his palms.

Medical personnel on the hospital, who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t authorised to talk to the media, expressed fears that if additional therapy was not commenced instantly, the hospital is likely to be compelled to amputate Ovey’s palms.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, confirmed the incident.

He instructed our correspondent that investigation into the case was ongoing and promised to make sure that the case can be charged as quickly as investigations have been accomplished, including that the command was decided to make sure that the case served as a deterrent to others.

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