Children of the unidentified elderly woman who was almost lynched by a mob in the Ajegunle area of Lagos after being accused of witchcraft – have identified the victim as their mother. The two men said their mum was not a witch, but that she is a victim of nature [old age] and had been missing from home.
“This morning (Thursday), two men came to the command claiming that they were the sons of the woman. The men said their mother was not a witch and were very angry with the manner the rumour was spreading.
“They said they were shocked that youths could attack an old woman in her 80s and they were even asking for justice because the woman sustained bruises on her head.”
The men, who said they lived in Iju Ishaga area of Lagos were said to have been puzzled as to how their mother walked all the way to Ajegunle, said a policeman at the Area B Command.
According to reports, while being beaten, the woman confessed that she was a witch and had flown to Ibadan, Oyo State for a meeting but got tired on returning from Lagos and fell from the sky.
The woman was rescued by police and taken to the Area B Command. However, sources at the command told Punch that the sons came to the command after seeing their mother’s pictures in the newspapers.
The source said the two men explained that their mother had wandered off some days ago and they had been looking for her. The sons had also provide evidence that the woman was indeed their mother.
“Yes she has been released to her son. The family said due to her old age, she was very ill and was brought from Ibadan to Lagos to stay with one of her sons. The woman’s daughter-in-law said she went to buy drugs for her nearby, but by the time she returned home, the woman had left the house,” said Lagos Police PRO.