Patience Amuko, a 52-year-old housewife, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, escaped mob attack in Sapele, Delta State after a police officer identified as Mercy Benson, claimed that she found her at the back of her courtyard during the wee hours, confessing to being a witch.
It was gathered that the courtyard can only be accessed through the police officer’s sitting room which at about 5.10am when the incident reportedly happened was still locked. The police woman, shocked to see the woman, reportedly alerted CSP Ekong Bassey, the Divisional Police Officer, who then took the intruder to the Sapele main station not far from the scene of the incident.
It was further gathered that the visibly-troubled woman, who claimed to be a witch, said she was on her way back from a mission in Benin City in Edo State, when she suddenly found herself in the courtyard.
Speaking to journalists , the DPO, Bassey said: “Mercy said she heard a sound as if something fell and when she came out, she was shocked to find this woman at the back of her house which is a courtyard, only through the main room you can get to the back of the house that was highly fenced; she then raised the alarm before calling me, the DPO, and I then took the lady to the station”.
But one Bridget Amuko, who claimed to be the woman’s daughter, told an online newspaper “My mother is not a witch, they wanted to kill her, she is mentally ill, and has been sick even before, we was born. We heard the shout and neighbours moved into the place, thank God the Police DPO came to her rescue. She is not a witch!”
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