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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Nigerian goat detained for armed robbery

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 19:25:20 GMT | PressTV

Many Nigerians believe that some people have shapeshifting powers and can transform themselves into animals or objects.
A goat has been taken to the police in Nigeria on suspicion of attempted armed robbery in the African country's western Kwara State.

A group of vigilantes took the animal to the police arguing it was an armed robber who was trying to steal a Mazda 323.

The vigilantes claimed the robber had used black magic to transform himself into a goat so that he could escape arrest.

"The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat," Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters.

"We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically that a human being turned into a goat," he added.

Residents come to the police station to see the goat and a national newspaper has printed its photograph.

Belief in witchcraft and shapeshifting powers is common among Nigerians.

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