After Losing 7 Children, Borno Man Caged Wife to Cast Evil Spirit

After losing their seven children, Isa Abdullahi, a resident of Gwange Three Area in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State allegedly caged and starved his wife for almost two years.

Abdullahi, now in police custody at Gwange Division of Police, believes his wife was under the spell of an evil spirit that killed the children.

Throughout her incarceration, Abdullahi’s wife [name withheld] survived on food sneaked into the cage by her neighbours when her husband was not around.

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Lucy Yunana, a Borno-based women and children’s rights activist told Daily Trust the incident happened on Friday, adding Bulama (Ward Head) of Gwange that took her staff to the victim’s residence.

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“We were informed that it was the neighbours that fed her, she has not been given food but most of the time neighbours usually sneaked in and give her food,” Yunana said. “Thankfully, our staff were conducting some awareness on SGBV in Gwange when Bulama of the area took our staff to the house where she was locked in and what they saw was indeed terrible and prompted us to inform the relevant authority to save the woman’s life.”

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“We went there along with the Zonal Coordinator of the Human Rights Commission, Barr. Jumai Mshelia and saw her in the room, what we saw in the room was in a bad and dehumanized condition. The man was arrested by men of the Gwange Division of Police and he is currently in the police station”, she added.

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According to Yunana, she has reached out to the necessary people and the woman has been taken to the hospital for treatment.

When contacted, Sani Kamilu Muhammed, spokesman for Borno Police Command told WikkiTimes he is not aware of the incident. He said he would inquire about the incident from Gwange Division of Police.


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