Akwa-Ibom: Witchcraft Panel Visits Victims Graves

Children in Akwa Ibom

A conclusion has been reached in the fact-finding trip in Eket communities by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Witchcraft Accusations and Child Abuses raised by Akwa Ibom government.

The panel which consists of six members, visited Afaha Ekpenedi community in Esit Eket where people accused of witchcraft were allegedly buried alive in 2008.

They met with a Survivor, at the Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) Centre for abandoned children. The survivor (name witheld) is a Junior Secondary Student.

Members of the Commission were shown  relics of the houses of the slain victims which were set ablaze by their assailants who claimed that they were cleansing
the community of people suspected to be witches.{googleAds}
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Some witnesses, who testified before the Panel, had said that people suspected to be witches in the community were killed and buried in shallow graves.

A surviving victim showed the commission two shallow graves where a victim and his son were allegedly buried.
The traditional ruler of the area was not available when the commission visited his residence but  Chairman of the commission ordered that he should be summoned
to come and testify before it.

The panel was sworn in by Akwa Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, on November 22, 2010 and commenced pub.

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