Monday, 4 May 2015

Nigerian "witch doctor" scams drug traffickers

A Nigerian "witch doctor," Christopher Omigie, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for collecting money from cocaine traffickers looking to get his supernatural protection from authorities.
Omigie is also a naturalized U.S. citizen and was sentenced in Beaumont, Texas.

According to information presented in court, Omigie presented himself to drug traffickers as a witch doctor and was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide supernatural protection from law enforcement. Omigie was consulted by drug traffickers in the Cesar Barrera and David Bazan drug trafficking organizations on a daily basis and before, during and after each drug transaction.

The supernatural protections rendered involved card readings, massages (by Omigie) with magic ointments, cutting of the skin with razor blades and the topical application of magic powder, the use of magic amulets, magic belts, magic coconuts and magic rocks (that those being treated were required to talk to). Drug traffickers were required by Omigie to go without bathing and intercourse for a period of time following magic treatments so as not to diminish the potency of those ministrations.

Magic “law stay away” candles were also burned in order to protect drug traffickers from law enforcement detection. Omigie would regularly return to Africa, at drug traffickers’ expense, to re-new his supernatural powers. Omigie was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 5, 2013.

Cesar Barrera and David Bazan have since both pleaded guilty to schemes involving the trafficking of more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine each.

This story is all over the Internet and it's sad he's spoiling Nigeria's reputation this way, when Nigeria has barely recovered from the  "Yahoo" business era.

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