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Rivers Police arrest man, 10-yr-old boy for witchcraft

By Davies Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT The residents of Iwofe, Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State were on Monday, thrown into confusion following the apprehension of a 10-year-old boy said to have turned into a cat to witch-hunt a family in the community.

A resident of the community who spoke to Vanguard said a cat jumped into a room from nowhere while the occupants were wide awake. The cat was said to have transformed to a boy as they were planning on how to chase out what they thought was a mere cat.

Vanguard gathered that when the cat turned into a young boy, the occupants of the room screamed to attract their neighbours who came to their aid.

The source also said the boy begged his captors that night not to kill him, naming his accomplice as a 48-year-old man said to have sponsored his evil mission to the family.

Meanwhile, the Iwofe Divisional Police Headquarters has arrested the boy and the 48-year-old man. When contacted, a senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Actually, two people have been arrested in connection to witchcraft activity.”

But he declined to give further information on the issue, insisting that it is only the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, that is empowered to do so.

Contacted, the Rivers Police Command spokesperson , ASP Grace Koko, said she was yet to be briefed on the issue.

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