Inspector.Gadget: There's a pretty big difference between beating and shooting a dictator who has brutalized your community for decades and sticking a teenage suspected shoplifter in a column of burning tires.
In 2011, in Gusau, a town in the northern state of Zamfara, Saminu Ibrahim, a journalist, went to a local branch of Skye Bank to withdraw some money. While he was there, one of the bank staff, Idowu Olatunji, suddenly experienced a hysterical episode in which he felt his penis had vanished. This peculiar form of anxiety, which happens with some regularity in public places in Nigeria, is usually followed by the accusation that someone nearby "stole" the penis. A crowd gathers and rarely is there any kind of examination of the accuser's body. His word is simply taken for it, and a beating of the accused, sometimes fatal, follows.
That day in Gusau, the banker Olatunji accused the journalist Ibrahim of penis theft. All of a sudden, Ibrahim found himself in mortal danger from a crowd. They closed in on him with murderous intent, and only the presence of quick-thinking policemen saved him from a grisly death.
The Malleus Maleficarum accuses male and female witches of infanticide, cannibalism and casting evil spells to harm their enemies as well as having the power to steal penises. It goes on to give accounts of witches committing these crimes. [emphasis added]
Finally, what shall we think about those witches who somehow take
members in large numbers--twenty or thirty--and shut them up together in a
birds' nest or some box, where they move about like living members, eating
oats or other feed? This has been seen by many and is a matter of common
talk. One should say that it is all brought about by the devil's work and
illusion. The senses of the witnesses are deceived in the manner we have
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