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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Woman Who Claims To Be Mad Caught with N100k, BlackBerry

A woman who is pretending to be mentally-challenged escaped being lynched by angry mob on Wednesday in Lagos after she was allegedly caught with N100,000, two BlackBerry phones and an android phone.

According to report from the scene of the incident around Onabanjo Street, Oworonshoki, Lagos, it was learnt that the incident occurred around 10am. The woman has been arrested and taking to station.
A policeman who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said attempts to verify the allegations were fruitless. He said, “I have been asking the woman questions all day, but she has just been incoherent. She has even refused to tell us her name. At some point, she just started crying, so I let her sleep. I don’t even know if she is a mad woman."
Some residents of the area told Punch that two ATM cards were also found on the woman. A resident, James Ogunkoya said when some youths saw the woman with some money, they trailed her into a compound.

The youths, who suspected her of being a ritual killer, pounced on her and beat her to a pulp.

Ogunkoya said, “Around 10am, I saw a crowd around an unkempt woman. Some of the youths picked up sticks and were beating the woman. When I asked what was wrong, they said they found three phones and N100,000 with the her. They said the woman was not mad, but was only pretending to be mad so that she could easily perpetrate evil acts.”

Another resident said the youths started suspecting her as she was overheard speaking like a normal person with somebody two days ago. “Some guys were convinced that the woman was only pretending because they overheard her talking with a man on Monday night. They also wondered where a mad woman could have found the phones,” he added.

“The notorious cannibal, Clifford Oji, used to parade himself as a mad man as well. We have also seen cases in our neighbourhood where supposed mad people kidnapped children. We want the government to support the community in setting up a task force that will evacuate mentally-challenged people,” a leader said.

Anyway, Nigeria Police say they are not making any conclusions yet until they conclude their investigations.

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