Azeez Saidi, noticed that his 19-year-old daughter, Fatima, suddenly
became emaciated and withdrawn.
from work that day and said she was very tired. Then from then on, it
was like she was a plant that gradually withered.”
her way to work that fateful day, the exact date of which the girl’s
foggy mind could no longer bring up, she passed by the house of a
herbalist, 68-year-old Jimoh Amuda, on Imam Street, Amukoko.
was crying. That was when she told me that the herbalist had warned her
not to reveal what had happened,” Fatima’s father said.
the man gave her ‘Hontu’ (a controversial Islamic practice in Nigeria of
writing Surah on a slate, washing it off and drinking it for healing
and warding off spiritual attacks).
drink he gave her, he told her to buy waist beads which she had to wear
for three days. My daughter said she did not have any money to buy
beads and he told her not to worry.
could either keep and give him N2,000 in exchange or return after she
had worn it for three days.
and he said everything he did for her was just for spiritual healing. I
asked if my daughter approached him first and he said he was the one
who took interest in her,” he said.
that during interrogation, the herbalist confessed that he was just
trying to make money but did not elaborate about how this connects to
the different items he had given Fatima to ingest and use.
for the girl were for spiritual favour (referred to as eyonu in Yoruba).
At a point, he was asked to eat some of the items he said he gave the
girl to ingest.”