Residents of Kubwa in Abuja were thrown into confusion on Monday, November 3, when they found a middle-aged woman named Ope Kubona, stark naked on top of the roof of the All Saint’s Fellowship Church close to the Kubwa Village market.
This attracted a huge number of spectators who branded her a witch.
Kubona, who sold beans cake and was well known in the neighbourhood would have been lynched but for the quick intervention of the police, Punch reports.
The police team, led by the Kubwa Divisional Police Officer, Surajudeen Ayobami, brought he down from the roof and asked her children to bring items of clothing for her before taking her to the station.
At the Police station, Kubona was said to have lashed out at the policemen and her children, accusing them of disrupting her peace.
The woman who described herself as a prayer warrior almost attacked a pregnant woman, who attempted to take her picture with a smart phone.
According to one of her children, Elizabeth, 21, her mother had been behaving strangely for about three months and attempts to take her back to her village in Okitipupa, Ondo State, have proved futile as she refused to leave the house.
“It was around 4am that I noticed that she was not in the room, but I didn’t know where to search for her because it was dark. But in the morning, one of our neighbours saw her on the roof of the church and came to tell us that our mother was on the church roof. The police later came and brought her down, “she said.
The DPO disclosed that the woman was placed under protective custody in view of the aggression of the crowd towards her.
He said: “We rescued the woman from the All Saint’s Fellowship Church, where we found her naked on the rooftop. I learnt she has psychiatric problems, but the spectators believed she was a witch and wanted to attack her, so we had to bring her to the station and place her under protective custody.”
There have been several cases of women accused of being witches after being found in weird conditions. About three week back, there was commotion around Cappa bus stop, Oshodi area of Lagos as a bird reportedly turned into a woman.
On November 1, pictures of a burnt woman who allegedly transformed from a bird into a human being at Imulokanle street, Ishaga bus stop off Ebule Egba Ekoro road, Lagos, emerged online.