Tag Archive for Nigeria

Preacher Helen Ukpabio, child “witch hunter”, encounters trouble with London tour

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The Born-again Christian Pentecostal preacher Helen Ukpabio is hitting some walls in her visit to London. For good reason. She believes that children who act up are servants of Satan. Call to ban ‘witch hunter’ Helen Ukpabio who poses risk to children – The Independent. The Home Secretary Theresa May is being urged to step in…

Witch hunts continue in Nigerian Pentecostal churches

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Anti-superstition advocate Leo Igwe informs Doubtful News that the witch hunters are again whipping up support in Nigeria in an event set for March 7. He writes: The world may not have seen the last in terms of the inane witch hunting campaign being waged by penticostal [sic] pastors in Nigeria. New christian witch hunters-pastors and…

New “Jordan River” appears in Nigeria; People flock to be “healed” in filthy water

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Skeptical advocate Leo Igwe reports on a serious situation in Nigeria where desperate and sick people are flocking to a “miracle” site that will bring nothing certain except disease. ‘Mystery Lake’, Miracle Cures And The Looming Epidemic In Enugu State – ModernGhana.com. According to a local reporter, some Fulani herdsmen heard an explosion on the…

The most absurd “scientific” research project you’ve seen all day

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We checked, this is NOT a story from the Onion! But it sure would fit. STUDENT “SCIENTIFICALLY PROVES” GAY MARRIAGE WRONG Amalaha says that his ‘groundbreaking’ experiments have shown that the north and south poles of two magnets are attracted to each other while same poles repel each other. He concludes that this “means that…

Reported visions of dead Imams spark controversy

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Apparitions seen inside and outside a mosque are causing controversy and lots of visitors. The images of the dead imams have sparked debate among Muslim scholars. Sufi Scholars’ Apparitions Lures Nigerians – Africa – News – OnIslam.net. Reports about Sufi scholars’ appearance on the walls of a small mosque in Lagos have lured huge crowds…

“Miracle” babies in Nigeria as women are fooled by pricey midwife

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Desperate women in Nigeria duped into thinking they are pregnant and are given babies from “baby factories”. Outrageous. Nigerian ‘factory’ babies bought and sold | News.com.au. FOR nine months, the midwife had been giving the woman herbs to take and several things indicated she was indeed pregnant. Her stomach had swelled, so had her feet.…

Six-year old abused for witchcraft in Nigeria

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This story has allegations of witchcraft against a six year old child thanks to an unnamed “prophetess” in Nigeria. Father ties, locks up six-year-old daughter for witchcraft | OSUN DEFENDER. A 42-year-old father, Mr. Edet Etok-Akpan, is currently being quizzed at the headquarters of the Cross River State Police Command in Calabar for torturing his…

Nine women killed administering polio vaccinations in Nigeria (Update: possibly more)

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Extremely discouraging news. Nigeria polio vaccinators shot dead in Kano Nine female polio vaccinators have been killed in two shootings at health centres in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC. In the first attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle. Thirty minutes later…

Leo Igwe partners with JREF to respond to witchcraft problem in Africa

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Leo Igwe Appointed as New JREF Research Fellow. The James Randi Educational Foundation today announces the appointment of Leo Igwe as a research fellow. The appointment will support his work advancing skepticism throughout Africa and around the world. Mr. Igwe is a skeptical activist from Nigeria and a former representative of the International Humanist and…

‘JuJu’ witchcraft used to terrify children into prostitution

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Man ‘used witchcraft to traffic children’ for prostitution – Crime – UK – The Independent. An alleged people trafficker cut the chest of a vulnerable 14-year-old girl with a razor during a series of “juju” witchcraft rituals aimed at terrifying young recruits into silence before selling them into prostitution across Europe, a court heard yesterday.…

Horrifying story of woman giving birth to a monster in Nigerian church (UPDATE)

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We often post stories from Nigeria that are nearly too horrifying to contemplate. This one is too awful and outrageous to believe. allAfrica.com: Nigeria: How Woman Delivered Monster in Church. Benin City residents were shocked on Tuesday when a pregnant woman, currently at large, was delivered of a creature that resembled a horse during a…

Hand of Jesus appears just in time for End Times

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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Mysterious Hand Causes Stir at Church Crusade. THE sudden appearance of a mysterious hand during a crusade organized at the headquarters of the Glorious Assemblies Ministries popularly known as Christ Endtime Military Academy, Calabar, Cross River State is now a subject of discussion among residents of the city. The mysterious hand which appeared…

Helen Ukpabio, Nigerian ‘witch hunt’ pastor, not coming to U.S.

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New Humanist Blog: Nigerian ‘witch hunt’ pastor suspends controversial US trips. Earlier this year, we reported on a planned visit to the United States by Helen Ukpabio, a Nigerian evangelical pastor responsible for a series of threatening and dangerous campaigns in her home country against those accused of being being witches. Now, four months after…