Nigerian police hold ‘magic’ goat over attempted car theft

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AcinonyxScepticus (January 26, 2009, 12:55:25 PM):
The Telegraph is reporting that Nigerian Police are holding a goat on suspicion of involvement in a car theft.

Quote from: Tunde Mohammed, a spokesman for Kwara state police
The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However, one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat.


Soooo, both of them escaped then? Why didn't you just say so.

How do they keep such a powerful suspect behind bars anyway? Surely after a little while he'd turn himself into some kind of a mischievous anke-high daemon and walk out between the bars?

(via http://derrenbrownart.com/blog/?p=351)
ingwe (January 26, 2009, 14:03:19 PM):
More african witchcraft! A bit closer to home! The traditional woo-woo is even harder to break than the religious type!!


http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20090123182052765C382734

Sefikile schools cleansed
Hundreds of residents in Sefikile near Mogwase in the North West braved the rain on Friday to attend a cleansing ceremony for two schools.

Men and women cut a tense picture, listening to speakers trained to ease their fears.

"Do not be afraid. Things will be all right, let the children come to school," chaplain Bana Setshedi told the gathering.

While Setshedi was busy with his sermon, a strong wind rose, causing some villagers to run for cover.

On Tuesday, five sangomas planted muti at Makuka Secondary and Sefikile Primary schools, causing parents to withdraw their children. They vowed their children would not return until the schools had been cleansed.

The sangomas had planted muti in the form of black powder and sticks. They first planted the muti at the gate before proceeding to the school yard.

Pupils who saw them said they had not been worried about their presence, until the principal told them what was happening.

"We refuse to use the gate where muti was planted," said Grade 10 learner Polelo Motsetsha.

He said they were so shocked that they would not have been able to concentrate if they had returned to classes on that day.

On Friday, a traditional healer dressed in colourful red and white clothes lit candles and sprinkled herbs near the school gate where the muti was allegedly planted.

Inyanga Wilson Chaya threw bones to the ground and said the muti was meant to cause trouble for the school, which would eventually lead to the expulsion of the principal.

He said, according to his bones, there was a group within the community who wanted the principal out of the school, but he said everything would be all right after the ceremony because the muti was no longer strong.

"Don't be afraid, we will defeat them," he said.

Chaya said the sangomas where from Venda in Limpopo and had been brought to the village by an "evil inyanga" who was part of a splinter group from the tribal council.

Some of the locals were seen in the company of the sangomas.

"The group wants to confuse and scare you," he said.

The sangomas were reported to have planted their muti in streets of the village as well as at the grazing post.

Chairperson of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela tribal authority, Kobedi Pilane said the tribal council was taking the matter seriously and would not rest until perpetrators were found and dealt with.

"We are working with the police. Soon our efforts will bear fruits," he said.

Spokesperson for the North West education department, Charles Raseala, on Thursday said the department would pursue the matter with the help of the police.

"We view this as trespassing that has cost our learners five days of quality learning," Raseala said.

Children were expected to return to classes on Monday. - Sapa
AcinonyxScepticus (January 26, 2009, 20:38:59 PM):
It's a sobering story. I had a good laugh at the goat story, but was a bit more disturbed by the bewitched school, it's only a few short steps from there to the town going on a witch-hunt and attacking fellow human beings over unproven accusations and superstitious beliefs. I really do hope the police are intimately involved with the case as it could be so much worse if left to vigilante "justice".

One of the most eye-opening parts of the story was this:
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Pupils who saw them said they had not been worried about their presence, until the principal told them what was happening.

Abuse of a position of authority. And now there will be at least one more generation ... *sigh*.

James
Wandapec (February 01, 2009, 09:57:45 AM):
Unbelievable! I had a good laugh at the way Evan Burnstein posted it on his blog The Rogues Gallery. The headline read "Have you seen this man?" and underneath it was a picture of a goat. :D
Rigil Kent (February 02, 2009, 13:17:25 PM):
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On Tuesday, five sangomas planted muti at Makuka Secondary and Sefikile Primary schools, causing parents to withdraw their children. They vowed their children would not return until the schools had been cleansed.

This is a bit like voodoo doll, not so? The harm springs more from the fear of the magic than from the magic itself.

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