Nigerian witch doctor sentenced to 14years imprisonment in the US
58 year old Nigerian man, Christopher Omigie, who is a self acclaimed witch doctor has been sentenced to 14 years in a US federal prison for providing drug traffickers with magical and â€œsupernaturalâ€ protection.
At a court hearing yesterday April 30th, prosecutors told the presiding judge, Judge Marcia Crone, that Omigie presented himself to drug traffickers as a witch doctor who had the powers to prevent them from being arrested while they smuggled banned drugs and was paid â€œhundreds of thousands of dollarsâ€ to give supernatural protection from law enforcement.
â€œOmigie 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).â€
According to the Prosecutors, Omigie demanded the smugglers not to have s*x or take a shower after they had applied his magical products so as not to â€œnot diminish the potencyâ€ of his work.
â€œMagic â€˜law stay-awayâ€™ candles were also burned in order to protect drug traffickers from law enforcement detection. Omigie would regularly return to Africa, at drug traffickersâ€™ expense, to re-new his supernatural powers.â€
Omigieâ€™s attorney, Jonathan D. Goins in Houston, criticized fthe US prosecutors for calling his client a â€œwitch doctorâ€, arguing that Mr Omigie was a respected chief here in Nigeria
â€œMr. Omigie is a Nigerian tribal chief, a title he inherited from his father, and he is a native doctor. The term â€˜witch doctorâ€™ is both pejorative and wrong.â€
Goins said his client had a â€œminimalâ€ role in the drug scheme and that his sentence is â€œgreatly out of proportion.â€
â€œWhile Mr. Omigie was involved in this drug scheme, he was not a major figure in this, and in fact his involvement was extremely limited and minor,â€ he said.
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