Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

Residents took the petrified animal (not unlike the one in the picture) to the police insisting it was an armed robber who used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a car.

"The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat," A police spokesman said.

"We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat," he said.

Believe it or not but witchcraft is thought to be widespread in Nigeria.

Locals came to the police station to see the goat. It was photographed in one national newspaper on its knees next to a pile of straw, as you would expect a goat to look like while in custody.

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