A herbalist, Francis Omeife, narrowly escaped death on Wednesday at Okpoko in Ogbaru area of Anambra State when an irate mob stormed his place and almost lynched him for atrocities he committed.
Omeife was accused of using women’s underwear, toy babies, hair, shoes, clothes, bras, among other items as part of his ritual materials.
His alleged atrocities came to the light when a woman he had reportedly held ‘spiritually’ hostage for over five years, Chinenye, reported to her friend, Chioma, that she saw her pants among other women pants being used for ritual by the native doctor.
Chioma went with her friend to the native doctor’s house at 1, Ezeakunne Street and saw her pants with others in some pots of concoctions. She screamed, which attracted neighbors, mostly women. To their utter disbelief, some of them also saw their own pants and other items on display.
The native doctor was said to have dragged the items with them and in the process youths in the area stormed the place. They started hitting Omeife with clubs to lynch him when a group of boys believed to be members of MASSOB arrived the scene and rescued the “strong” man.
Angry members of the community were said to have set his belongings ablaze and banished him from Okpoko, a community near Onitsha.