Tag Archive for Nigeria

Guilty of sex trafficking, woman found to be controlling victims via witchcraft belief

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Another case of exploiting people’s beliefs to do them incredible harm, women from Nigeria are trapped into the sex trade due to threats from witchcraft. BBC News – Lizzy Idahosa guilty of ‘juju’ sex trafficking at Cardiff Crown Court. A woman has been found guilty of trafficking two women from Nigeria to the UK to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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.…

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…