Witch Hunt In Nigeria Ends in 111-Year-Old Woman’s Death

A 111-year-old Nigerian woman is dead, not of natural causes, but in a hut fire set after the deceased, known as Mama Martha Lgyuse Bonka, had been publicly labeled a witch.

The murder suspect, 35-year-old, Tyoakaa Ijoho, set fire the Chafa family’s thatched homes after consulting an oracle about his father’s recent death by snake bite. The oracle had disagreed with the cause of death and instead had gone on to accuse Mama Martha’s relatives, the Chafa family, of murdering the man. These accusations of witchcraft then prompted Ijoho to retaliate, killing and injuring two innocent women in the process. Others in the nearby village seized Ijoho after the deadly fire and turned him over to the police, where he is being held in Vandeikya.

Ironically Ijoho had previously left the village some 20 years prior to his father’s death because of accusations against his own family for practicing witchcraft.

Currently the investigation against Ijoho remains ongoing.

Dana Matthews

Dana Matthews

Co-founder, Editor, Writer, at Week in Weird & Planet Weird
Week in Weird co-founder, managing editor, and paranormal TV junkie, Dana has been actively investigating the strange and the anomalous for well over 15 years. Her writing has been featured in local and national news outlets, as well as Roadtrippers, Nerdist, io9, Jezebel, Mary Sue, Dread Central, Kotaku, and other awesome publications both in print and online. When she’s not telling ghost stories or penning articles about real haunted places, she acts as a producer, writer, host, and assistant editor for Engaging the Strange.
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