BY JOE ENO
The Police Divisional Headquarters in Eket Akwa Ibom State have rescued two children ?from the hands of ‘witch’ killers who are in the habit of attacking and killing children abandoned on the streets by parents after being dubbed witches in the churches.
The children who were male and female, age 8 and 6 are from Ibeno Local Government Area were rescued by the police on a tipoff by some concerned citizens ?who witnessed how the children were tied up in a for hours stake ?and beaten with sticks and cables were later ?taken to the Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN)
“When we got the information through a phone call, we acted swiftly believing that if there’s any delay, we might not meet the kids alive! Fortunately, when ?we arrived the scene, the witch hunters ran away and left the children, so we took them ?from Ibeno to Eket station and gave them first aid before bringing them this centre…”the police team led by Inspector Okoye said while handing over the children to Administrative Officer of CRARN, Mr. Nsidibe Orok
Inspector Okoye noted that the issue of child witch stigmatization and torture in Akwa Ibom State still remains a worrying phenomenon and would need a collective and intense effort to quell it.
“I know there are different challenges across the country, but ?I don’t think I’ve not witnessed how children are so targeted in the name of demonic possession as I’m witnessing here, in recent times” he said.
MOTHER ABANDONS 3 KIDS
In a related development, a ?middle age woman, name withheld, has abandoned three of her children near the CRARN Children Centre, Eket. The children who were in good health, apart from minor injuries and scars of old wounds inflicted on them as a result of intermittent torture and wild exorcisms performed in churches, said their mother brought them to a nearby market, adjacent to the centre and ran away with a bike man who brought them there while pretending to buy new cloths and food for them.
Meanwhile, the police in Eket have vowed to arrest and prosecute the runaway mother for abandoning her three kids on roadside more than 100 kilometers away from their homes. A police deputy chief in Eket who did not want his name in print made the declared while receiving members of the Child’s Right and?Rehabilitation?Network, CRARN in Eket Police Divisional Headquarters, led by Mr Emmanuel Okon, the CRARN Director of Administration and head of Operations, HAPSTA, Eket Area
The woman who hailes from Udesi in Mbo Local Government in Akwa Ibom State ?was still at large as at press time