Failed bullet-proof charm kills man, lands voodoo doctor in jail


A NATIVE medicine man (voodoo) is currently cooling his heels in Katsina prisons over his role in the death of one Aliyu Yahuza, 27.

By Mathew Onwuasoanya

The victim was said to have died after being shot with a dane gun by the native doctor whose name was given as Saidu to test the efficacy of a ‘bullet-repelling’ concoction also known as bullet-proof or odieshi charm.

Saidu allegedly assured the deceased that he would not die from any gunshot if he took the concoction, before he drank same and presented himself to be shot by the native doctor. But Yahuza was said to have died on the spot after a Dane gun was fired at him by Saidu.

However, the native doctor was charged with criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide before Magistrate Falila Dikko, and remanded in prison custody until February 22 when his case would come up for mention.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector Sani Ado, “Saidu was given a Dane gun to test the reliability of the charm, but when he fired a shot at Yahuza’ s chest, he fell down and died on the spot. The victim was taken to the General Hospital, Dustinma, where he was confirmed dead by doctors.”

This act, Ado said, contravenes sections 97 and 222 (7) of Penal Code of Northern Nigeria..


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