Lagos ‘bird woman’ dies in hospital
A middle-aged woman who caused a stir at Cappa
Bus Stop, Oshodi Lagos on Friday, after being
accused of witchcraft, has died.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the woman, who was
badly burnt, was accused of transforming from a
bird into a human being.
Some eyewitnesses claimed the woman had fallen
as a ‘bird’ from the cable, and confessed to have
some metaphysical powers.
Although policemen from the Mushin Division,
Olosan were later said to have taken the woman
away, she was already unconscious before
arriving at the hospital.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer,
DSP Kenneth Nwosu, while confirming her death,
said the woman’s corpse had been deposited at a
He said, “Eyewitnesses said there was a bird which
fell down and turned into a woman. So, a large
crowd gathered round her. She was not attacked.
Eventually, when the police got there, they
rescued the woman from the surging crowd. But
unfortunately, she died, and her body has been
deposited at the Mainland General Hospital’s
When our correspondent visited the area, a
policeman at the junction said the woman was
coming from the Agbado Ijaiye area of Lagos, and
heading for her husband’s residence in Mushin.
It was learnt from eyewitnesses that a bird had
been seen flying around the area, and had hit a
high tension cable and landed on the ground.
One Mr. Sowoloa, who claimed to be an
eyewitness, said the passersby formed a crowd
around the bird which reportedly turned into a
woman, and busied themselves with taking her
He said, “It was at 12 in the afternoon. I was also
at the bus stop with friends. We saw one of the
birds hit a high-tension cable. It shrieked and
landed on the ground. Before we took any notice,
it was a badly burnt woman we saw.
“It is unbelievable but it is true. When we spoke to
the woman, she claimed to have some magical
powers, and had killed several people. She added
that she was returning to her husband’s house in
Mushin before the incident. So, some people
started taking her photographs.”
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