Sunday, February 28, 2016

Human Heads Buried under Roundabouts in Lokoja, Nigeria

National Mirror [Lagos, Nigeria]
28 February 2016


The Kogi State government has denied the rumours making the round that the state government has embarked on spiritual cleansing by destroying all roundabouts in Lokoja, the state capital. It said the move was meant for the beautification of the state capital insisting that it was not true as it was aimed at beautifying the capital city. Rumour about the spiritual cleansing exercise had earlier gained ground when the Lugard Roundabout in front of the Government House was removed overnight with Lugard statue, following the first hand information that charms, human heads were buried in all roundabouts in Lokoja and the governor ordered for destruction for spiritual reasons. […]

Daily Trust [Nigeria]
29 February 2016

By Mahmud Jega

[…] For weeks rumours had made the rounds in Lokoja that the PDP state government of former governor Captain Idris Ichalla Wada had buried amulets, human parts and other juju items supplied to it by powerful witchdoctors at strategic corners and roundabouts around the capital city. The alleged purpose was to help Captain Wada win last December’s governorship election. That Wada was soundly defeated at the polls did not, in many citizens’ minds, prove the lack of efficacy of the buried amulets. […]

National Mirror
3 March 2016

Apparently worried by the recent happenings in Kogi state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Audu/ Faleke group have berated Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State over the demolition of roundabouts in Lokoja, the state capital over assertion of voodoo power planted under them by past administrations. The State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Bode Ogunmola condemned the demolition exercise yesterday in Lokoja while briefing newsmen on Bello’s first 30 days in office and accused the governor of running a voodoo administration. […]