A Nigerian man who presented himself as a witch doctor to drug traffickers has been sentenced to 14 years in a US federal prison.
The fifty eight year old Christopher Omigie claimed to have powers to prevent them from being arrested while they smuggled banned drugs and was paid “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to give supernatural protection from law enforcement.
According to the prosecutors, Omigie demanded the smugglers not to have sex or take a shower after they had applied his magical products so they will “not diminish the potency” of his work.
“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’s attorney, Jonathan D. Goins in Houston, criticised the US prosecutors for calling his client a “witch doctor”, arguing that Mr Omigie was a respected chief in Nigeria.
“Mr. Omigie is a Nigerian tribal chief, a title he inherited from his father, and he is a native doctor. The term ‘witch doctor’ is both pejorative and wrong.”
Goins said his client had a “minimal” role in the drug scheme and his sentence was “greatly out of proportion”.
“While 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,” he said.
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