Fear trails abduction of ‘richest’ native doctor in Anambra hotel
Police denies rumours of his release
Fear, yesterday, trailed the abduction of an acclaimed native doctor, popularly known as ‘Akwa Okuko Tiwaraki’ (the chicken’s egg that broke a palm kernel), on Sunday, in Anambra State.
The native doctor, who hails from Oba, in Idemili North Local Council of the state, was kidnapped on Sunday night, while two of his personal security were shot dead by his assailants in his Triple O Hotel.
A source expressed surprisewith the way the acclaimed native doctorwas easily abducted, as men, women and youths dreaded him because of his purported witchcraft.
He said people daily trooped to his Oba mansion for anti-bullet charmsand money rituals.
Meanwhile, his home has become a Mecca of sorts since the news of his abduction became public.
A family source said his abductors were yet to make contact or demand,adding that efforts are ongoing to secure his release.
A resident in Onitsha, John Ikwuibe, toldThe Guardian that he visited the native doctor’s residence to confirm the news because “they saw
Akwa Okuko Tiwaraki as a man above human destruction. He boasts that he has magical powers to do what he wants.”
Another resident, Zelibem Nwachukwu, said he was friendly with him, and had come to sympathise with the family.
Others, Ujunwa Jenny and Joyce Uba, said they came to ascertain the possibility of his kidnap, because of his self-acclaimed strongest witch doctor in Anambra.
“People said he possesses powers to appear and disappear at will. How come the kidnappers pick him up and killed his two personal guards like that,” Uba queried.
Meanwhile, Anambra State Police Command has cautioned the public over rumours of purported release of the abducted native doctor.
Spokesperson for the Command, Tochukwu Ikenga, said there is no news of the native doctor’s return yet.
Ikenga said the Commissioner of Police (CP), Aderemi Adeoye, has ordered operatives to go after his abductors and ensure his release.
But social media news said the native doctor has regained his freedom.
Some of the posted videos showed the native doctor boasting of his powers and charms, which could help anyone disarm an armed man with bare hands.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that people who shared the video were the native doctor’s fans, and were using it to support the rumour that he returned unharmed.
He said checks on the videos, however, showed that they are all old videos, previously posted by the self-acclaimed strongest native doctor in town.
Get the latest news delivered straight to your inbox every day of the week. Stay informed with the Guardian’s leading coverage of Nigerian and world news, business, technology and sports.