Abuja: Naked woman on church roof accused of witchcraft
A middle-aged woman, Ope Kubona, caused a stir in Kubwa, Abuja, on Monday, when she was found naked on the rooftop of the All Saint's Fellowship Church close to the Kubwa Village market.
Kubona, who sold beans cake and was well known in the neighbourhood, was branded a witch by the huge number of spectators that were drawn to the scene, but the quick intervention of the police saved her from being lynched by the angry mob.
The police team, led by the Kubwa Divisional Police Officer, Surajudeen Ayobami, brought down Kubona from the roof and asked her children to bring items of clothing for her before she was taken to the station.
The DPO told PUNCH Metro that Kubona was brought to the station and placed under protective custody in view of the aggression of the crowd towards her.
He said, “We rescued the woman from the All Saint's Fellowship Church, where we found her naked on the rooftop. I learnt she has psychiatric problems, but the spectators believed she was a witch and wanted to attack her, so we had to bring her to the station and place her under protective custody.”
At the Police station, the woman went berserk, shouting at her children and the policemen. She almost attacked a pregnant woman, who attempted to take her picture with a smart phone.
Talking to no one in particular, she described herself as a “prayer warrior” and abused her children for disrupting her peace. Attempts to engage her in a conversation failed as she refused to respond to questions from PUNCH Metro .
One of her children, Elizabeth,21, said her mother had been behaving strangely for about three months, adding that moves to take her back to her village in Okitipupa, Ondo State, failed, as she refused to leave the house.
Elizabeth said she observed that her mother disappeared from their room around 4am, and was later found stark naked on the roof of the church.
“It was around 4am that I noticed that she was not in the room, but I didn't know where to search for her because it was dark. But in the morning, one of our neighbours saw her on the roof of the church and came to tell us that our mother was on the church roof. The police later came and brought her down, “she said.