Police in Nigeria have confirmed to reports that they are holding a black and white goat in custody after a vigilante mob brought the animal into the station.
The local men explained to police that the goat was a male witch. The man was armed and had attempted to steal a car. He had then used black magic to shapeshift into goat form in order to escape.
Pictures of the goat appeared in Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper.
Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tunde Mohammand explained to reporters, “While one of them escaped, the other was about to be apprehended by the team when he turned his back on the wall and turned to this goat. They quickly grabbed the goat and here it is.”
In parts of Nigeria local communities rely on vigilante patrols as the official police will not enter some areas at night.
The Police spokesman added that the goat was an armed robbery suspect and would not be set free until investigations into the case had finished.
In Pure Spirit
We might snicker at the story but it is worth pausing to think of the local men who are not only brave enough to patrol their hometown when the police are not and brave enough to chase after an armed robber who they believe also possessed magic power.