By EVELYN USMAN
LAGOS— The Police in Lagos have arrested a self-acclaimed prophetess, who allegedly set her nine-year‑old daughter ablaze in Epe area of Lagos, during a spiritual cleansing.
Residents of Ijebu‑Ode Road, around Odo-Mola, were said to have been jolted by the little girl’s cry for help immediately she was set on fire, weekend, consequent upon which policemen from Epe were contacted.
Eye witnesses said some visible angry youths in the area put out the fire before the arrival of the police.
The girl identified as Damilola was said to have thereafter been rushed to Epe General Hospital by the policemen, where she is currently receiving treatment for what doctors described as first degree burns.
Little Daramola was said to have managed to explain to the operatives next day that her mother had called her that fateful day, informing her that she was going to carry out a deliverance session on her.
A nurse at the hospital said: “She told the policemen that her mother accused her of being possessed with the spirit of witchcraft.
“She said during the purported deliverance session, her mother poured kerosene on her and struck a match, setting her ablaze. She said she had to run out and cry for help and the next time she opened her eyes, she found herself in the hospital. But she is responding to treatment.”
I was obeying God’s instruction —Suspect
However, in her statement, the 37-year‑old suspect identified as Bose Oluwole reportedly told policemen that she was instructed by God to carry out the act with a view to chasing out witchcraft spirit that possessed her.
The prophetess who attends a white garment church, is said to be well-known around the area.
She told the police during interrogation: “I was only obeying God’s instruction. I had a vision while praying that my daughter is from the witchcraft world. When I prayed to God over it, I received an instruction through the Holy Spirit to burn my daughter’s body in order to deliver her from the evil society.”
The woman, according to sources at Epe division, was charged before an Igbosere magistrate’s court on a two‑count charge of felony to wit: an attempt to commit murder but was transferred to Family Court 2 owing to the victim’s age.
The suspect was said to have pleaded not guilty to the offence but was ordered to be remanded in Kirikiri prison until June 2 by the magistrate in charge of the Family Court, Mrs. O. O. Oshin.