The widow tied and flogged for allegedly being a witch weeks ago is now an angel.
Mrs Amarachi Okezie’s transformation started after she left hospital following the assault by youths at Umueghu, Nkpa Bendel, Abia.
Her brother-in-law started the witch-hunt, which could have led to her lynching but for the intervention of rights activist Harrison Gwamnishu and First Lady Okezie Ipkeazu.
After her discharge from hospital, the widow, Gwamnishu wrote on social media, could not return to her community again.
“I instructed they bring her to my house in Asaba, Delta State.
She needed to heal from her past and I offered to be her son and took the burden,” he said.
For the activist, taking care of the widow also means making her over.
Witch-hunts are becoming common across Nigeria. In Cross Rivers, two elderly woman were mobbed as they left morning mass in their Catholic Church weeks ago. The two were beaten, and left in the open to die. They actually gave up in the rain same day.
The police have been warning against jungle justice. But not so much has been heard of authorities bringing perpetrators of such barbarity to justice.