Another alarming witchcraft activity, referred to as “Red Cloths,” has surfaced in Nimba County, creating fear among the residents.
He said the new group under the “Red Cloths” are dealing with a magical cow tail which, he said when they point to anyone, anything they tell the cow tail to be done to that person will be done.
He said he managed to arrest over 30 of those suspected of the practice and sent them to Dahnplay Town in the Buuyao Administrative District, where they were to take an oath, promising not to carry on such practice anymore.
“What those suspects told us as they were confessing is so desperate, and even endangered our lives,” he said.
“They confessed to using the cow tails to bewitch anyone, and if they don’t want to kill you immediately, they will cause a prolonged illness for you,” Commissioner Workah added.
The alarming issue of the witchcraft activities in Nimba has led the residents to call on the government to prosecute those allegedly involved. However, government has been wary of prosecuting alleged witchcraft activities, arguing that they are not scientific, and therefore cannot be adjudicated in the court.
Commissioner Workah said that most of the witchcraft, including their ring leader, secretly left for Monrovia and have reportedly been licensed as herbalists to practice in any part of the country.
Nearly all the community radio stations in Nimba have aired recording of confessions obtained from those in the witchcraft activities.
One witchcraft suspect who confessed to the killing of a teacher, because the teacher pressed them for his goat they killed, said he “pointed the cow tail to the teacher and shouted, commanding small, small caterpillars to invisibly walk on his body, which troubled the teacher until he died.”
Workah said most of those involved are young men, some of them teenagers, but arrested were taken for oath, and their cow tails seized from them.
In 2005, the “Zoebayoo” created fear in Nimba, but it was put under control, leaving many of the members remaining at-large.
Also, in 2007, another group known as “Kpeasiah” emerged, but it was also put under control.
Recently, another group, known as “nine months”, surfaced with a charm that some men have used against anyone who sleeps with their girlfriend or wife, that the secret lover should die within nine months.
It can be recalled that the head of the Traditional Council of Chiefs, Elder Peter Barloun, called on the members of the 54th Legislature to enact law that will empower the chiefs to prosecute those suspected in witchcraft activities.