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Familiar spirit “iyor genen” posses students, school sends 7 home in Benue state Nigeria


This story might sound like a fairytale but it happened in a school in Nigeria where a student was possessed by a local evil spirit that caused havoc.

The school, Junior Secondary School, Nyiman layout, in Makurdi, Benue State on Monday sent home all female students after a ‘familiar spirit’ took over seven of the girls.

Revealing the details of the whole story was the school principal, Mrs Catherine Ahom who said that “iyor genen” by the Tiv people attacked four students last Friday and three others on Sunday, which prompted the school authority to send all the female students home.

Rumour has it that the attack is popular among a section of Tiv people in Benue State Nigeria.

Another indigene of the state Aese said, “Our forefathers inherited it from their fathers and it has been with us. If it were to be in the village that it happened, they have particular herbs they will administer and within an hour they will come back to normal.”

He went further to say that “It is most common during burial and in most cases while whistling or making noise. Some colours like red trigger it among the affected people and when attacked, the affected people will be running and manifesting uncommon strength.”

It is believed by the community that such attacks is not contagious or in any was transferable




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