Tag Archive for Nigeria

Fear of voodoo magic used to control Nigerian women in Spain

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To eradicate superstition, a fine start would be to educate the women of the country and give them greater opportunities. This is a guarantee of improvement. Spanish National Police announced on Monday that they broke up a ring of human traffickers who used juju voodoo and animal sacrifices to coerce women into prostitution. Source: Busted: Gang…

Popular Nigerian televangelist faces inquest in building deaths

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Wealthy and popular Nigerian televangelist is under scrutiny for the collapse of a church building that killed 74 people. This is an update to an earlier story about TB Joshua –  Evangelist TB Joshua under scrutiny once again as building collapses. Fatal church collapse in Nigeria raises concerns over Christian televangelist – The Globe and…

Evangelist TB Joshua under scrutiny once again as building collapses

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“Prophet” and “healer” TB Joshua is back in the news. While his world seems to be crashing down around him, he skirts trouble. Ill South Africans flock to Lagos ‘prophet’ – Africa | IOL News | IOL.co.za. South Africans have been flocking to The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, in Lagos, for many years, hoping for…

Native hunters offer to help search for girls, armed with magic

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They aren’t afraid but the bravado is misplaced. Traditional Nigerian Hunters Want to Find Girls. Traditional hunters armed with homemade guns, poisoned spears and amulets have gathered in their hundreds, eager to use their skills and what they believe to be supernatural powers to help find nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists. With Nigeria’s…

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…

Today’s special: Roasted man-flesh

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This is what happens when you don’t have health inspectors. Nigeria: Restaurant Served Roasted Human Heads. A restaurant in the Nigerian state of Anambra has been shut down after the authorities reportedly found it has been selling dishes made of human meat. The police recovered at least two fresh human heads when they arrested 11…

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

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…

Panic over alleged mermaid found in Nigeria town

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What a strange story out of Nigeria yesterday all because of a weird thing found in a batch of frozen fish. At first, the fish seller threw it away but then retrieved it to show others and then… well, the story took on a life of its own. The Sun News Strange creature among frozen…

23 girls in Nigeria died from herbal abortion procedure

Tragic. 23 Pregnant girls Dead in Delta After Taking Herbal Abortion Drug; Native Doctor, Quack Nurses Arrested | OSUN DEFENDER. Not less than 23 pregnant ladies have met their untimely deaths after drinking an herbal abortion drugs from a native doctor to terminate their pregnancies. This happened at an illegal abortion clinic in Delta state.…

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

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

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…

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

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.…

Hand of Jesus appears just in time for End Times

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…

Koboko Night planned in Nigeria: “That witch must die”

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I received an email from Leo Igwe, whom I met at The Amazing Meeting last week. He tells an incredible, almost unbelievable story of persecution of “witches” in Nigeria. He shares news of an extremely disturbing event coming up this week: On July 27, a local Pentecostal church is planning a ‘crusade’ at the Cultural Centre in…

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

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…

Flying city sighting in Nigeria: UFO or sign from God

Nigeria: A Visit of the Unknown This is an opinion piece, written by thoughtful researchers in Africa regarding an event that took place possibly a month ago. I found it totally fascinating for other reasons. It tells the story of a Nigerian village that experienced a paranormal event – a claimed first UFO account in…