Court order forces them out of their house after two month barricade.
Amid screams of protest police officers dragged a Nigerian couple out of their house after they had barricaded themselves inside with their three children for the past two months.
Neighbours in Gaborone’s Block 6 location watched in open-mouthed amazement as the couple were handcuffed and bundled into a police vehicle on Wednesday afternoon.
Evil spirits are said to have possessed the former Roman Catholic Church members.
Charles Ngwu, a private quantity surveyor and his wife Evelyn, who is a computer science lecturer at Limkokwing, were finally forced out of their home after a relative obtained a court order.
Ngwu who had been handcuffed screamed at the top of his voice when The Voice team arrived at the scene.
“This is harassment, we did not harm anyone. Our privacy and civil rights are being violated.
You can go and look inside the house for yourselves.
The police have searched and did not find anything,” he shouted.
Neighbours told of how the Nigerian family had not responded to knocks at the door in over six weeks despite calls from concerned friends and relatives.
“Their gate has not been opened in a very long time and the kids who used to come out to play with others have been locked up too and have not been going to school.
Even the eldest son did not write his Cambridge exams because he could not get out,” a concerned neighbour who did not want to be named said.
A fellow Nigerian and family friend said he suspected that the couple had been possessed by demons.
“It’s been over two years since they stopped going to church and they started conducting their private cult worships inside their house.
I didn’t know that the situation would get so bad.
I personally believe they are possessed by demons because these are highly educated people,” he said.
Another Nigerian family told of how Ngwu had told them that they decided to separate themselves to avoid being contaminated by the evil world.
“ The man only stepped out once in the past six weeks to go and stock pile on groceries.
And even then he carried a giant wooden cross which he waved before him as he moved along the supermarket isles to ward of evil spirits which he was scared would come into contact with him.
They were terrified of demons,” said the family member who requested that her name be withheld.
The matter came to the attention of the authorities after Ngwu’s elder brother, Professor Eddie Ngwu a university professor based in the United States, was notified of his brother’s conduct.
He told The Voice: “These people must be having a mental problem.
How can they lock up the children in the house for so long?
My nephew was supposed to have written his final exams but could not get out.
What normal human being would do such a thing?”
When he arrived from the US this week he said he had decided to report the matter to the police.
“A court order was issued and the social services were involved. Today we managed to get them out.
The couple have been taken for mental assessment while the children were placed under child protection,” he said.
Superintendent Agreement Mapeu of Gaborone West Police confirmed the incident, but said police investigations had not found any foul play.
“We have searched the house and have not found anything illegal.
The matter is now with the social services and their assessment of the welfare of the children will determine if any charges will be laid,” he said.