21st September, 2010
A mild drama occurred in Benin City when life was almost snuffed out of a middle agedÂ woman called â€˜Nkemâ€™ by an angry mob who heard when the woman openly confessed that sheÂ uses the blood of human beings to prepare food for the general public.
People, both low and high, patronise her restaurants along Ohovbe Road and EbekadeÂ Street by Agbor Park.
She confessed that she was a witch, adding that she carries out her inhuman act in theÂ coven.
The woman is said to be the mother of a pastor (name withheld) of a Pentecostal churchÂ located along Ebekade Street, Ohovbe quarters Benin City.
She stated that the blood of her victims normally gives her meals the right seasoning andÂ sumptuous taste, stressing that the taste attracts her customers.
She disclosed that she was involved in the act so as to have an edge over her competitorsÂ in the area.
According to an eye witness, the woman would have been beaten to death but for theÂ intervention of her pastor son, members of his church who came to plead on her behalf andÂ the timely arrival of the police who took her into their custody.
When P.M.NEWS called the Edo State Police Command, Acting Police PRO, ASP Awraha Ejiroro,Â this morning, he said he had not been briefed about the incident.
He promised to get in touch with the DPO in charge of Ipoba Hill Division since theÂ incident happened within his jurisdiction.
Speaking on the issue, a medical practitioner, Dr. Rotimi Adesanya said that it is notÂ possible to use human blood to cook food because it will definitely clot.
â€œImmediately blood comes out of a person even an animal and it gets exposed to the air itÂ will clot. And cooking with that exposes the person because it will be visible.â€
Adesanya said that even the blood that is being transfused into the body through bloodÂ transfusion is treated with some chemicals so that it will not clot in the process.
When asked to comment on the spiritual angle to the issue, he said: â€œI am a medicalÂ practitioner, I donâ€™t know anything about the spiritual world. I talk medicine.â€
A psychologist at the University of Ibadan (UI), Dr Kayode Onaolapo Taiwo has stated thatÂ it is a perception of the Yoruba people that successful food sellers and tradesmen areÂ into occult using different charms to attract people to their chops.
Dr. Taiwo also said that big men of God in the Christian and Muslim world also use charmÂ to attract people to their churches or mosques for financial reason.
According to him, the perception is not an empty one as it has been seen over time addingÂ that it is even exhibited in the Nigerian movies basically from the West and Eastern partÂ of Nigeria.
The scholar explained that a recent study carried out among the tradesmen likeÂ carpenters, mechanists, vulcanizers, etc revealed that most traders and artisans reliedÂ on either charms or godfather to succeed in their chosen career.
â€œThey told us that there is a need for one to have â€˜Babalawoâ€™ or godfather that willÂ assist them to succeedâ€.
Dr. Taiwo noted that they had to embark on this satanic mission because of rivalry,Â stressing that they are doing it to outsmart their competitors to have more customersÂ thereby selling more than their competitors and making more money.
He said, â€œIt is claimed that it is possible at the spiritual level but it cannot beÂ logically explained.â€
He explained that it is a spiritual thing that cannot be rationally explained but basedÂ on cognition, pointing out that if it does not exist, it will not be happening.
A traditional Ifa priest, Solagbade Popoola, also dismissed the womanâ€™s confession.
He said it was not possible for her to cook with human blood, adding that the woman mustÂ be suffering from spiritual delusion or schizophrenia.
â€”Yomi Obaditan/Benin & Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan