A Nigerian father has cried out after a herbalist claiming to help his 19-year-old daughter allegedly caused her arm.
The man identified as Azeez Saidi who is a security guard explained that he suddenly noticed that his daughter became withdrawn.
According to Saidi, his daughter opened up to him about her encounter with the herbalist after he began to worry about her health.
Saidi explained that his daughter was noticed by the herbalist identified as Jimoh Amuda who gave her some fetish items that might have caused her arm.
The father explained that Amuda had called the girl into his home on her way to work and gave her the fetish items claiming would help her ward off evil.
He said: “She told us that after that, the man gave her ‘Hontu’ (a controversial Islamic practice in Nigeria of writing Surah on a slate, washing it off and drinking it for healing and warding off spiritual attacks).
"I was shocked by all these. How can anyone tell her to do all that and she did not make any effort to tell me as her father?"
“The most frightening was that after the drink he gave her, he told her to buy waist beads which she had to wear for three days. My daughter said she did not have any money to buy beads and he told her not to worry. He gave her a bead, which he said she could either keep and give him N2,000 (Ghc 25) in exchange or return after she had worn it for three days."
“My daughter said she did not have money, but after wearing it for three days as instructed, she returned it to the man.”
Saidi further explained that he confronted Amuda because he wanted to know what was done to his daughter but the herbalist told him he did it to help the girl spiritually.
He said: “I wanted to know the reason for it all and he said everything he did for her was just for spiritual healing. I asked if my daughter approached him first and he said he was the one who took interest in her.”
However, during police interrogation the herbalist confessed that he needed to make some money and claimed that all he did for her was spiritual favour.
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Meanwhile, the 68-year-old herbalist has been charged with enslavement and he has been remanded at the Kirikiri prison in Nigeria.
Amuda’s case would be heard on September 15, 2017.
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