A police patrol team on Friday, January 26, 2018 rescued an unnamed 36 year-old man from lynching after he was accused of turning a human being into a goat. The incident happened around rukpoku community in obio-akpor local government area of Rivers state.
Witnesses at the scene said the suspect was chased around by a black goat and people in the vicinity concluded that he had turned a human being into the goat, explaining the goat’s unusual attachment to the him.
Before the man could explain himself, a mob had gathered, he was beaten to a pulp and was about being set ablaze. It took the timely intervention of the Police on routine patrol around rukpoku to rescue the accused.
The police patrol team took the victim, the goat and two others to rumuokoro area command where the victim regained consciousness. In his statement, He narrated that the goat is his pet.
“I was strolling out of my compound only to realize that my goat was following me”
“Usually, it follows me whenever I am going out because I use to buy biscuit for it, but this time I didn’t want it to follow me, so I decided to run and try to dodge from it. The goat’s name is Remember.
“I was surprised that people now thought I changed a human being to goat. How is that possible?” he queried.
The victim, the goat and two of his attackers are still being held at the Police Station.
A senior police officer at the Rumuokoro police station said that investigation had commenced to unravel the true circumstance of the bizarre incident.