According to reports, two widows named Mrs. Martina Osom and Mrs. Rose Akom were beaten to death after being accused of being witches by the adolescents of the Ebbaken village in the Cross River State local government area of Boje.
According to report, the incident allegedly happened in the early hours of Saturday, August 27.
Under the condition of anonymity, an eyewitness and the son-in-law of one of the victims claimed that the two women, devout Catholics, were returning from early morning prayers when the adolescents accused them of initiating a member of the neighborhood into witchcraft.
“They met my mother-in-law within the Church environment. As it was her tradition to weed and clean up the Church vicinity every Saturday immediately after the Morning Mass. The youths accused her of initiating a member of the community into witchcraft and she denied the allegation.
“But they went ahead and beat her severely, ordering her to confess that she is a witch. But her passionate appeal to them that she was innocent fell on deaf ears.” He said.
He continued by saying that the other woman, Mrs. Rose Akom, was forced to join his mother-in-law and subjected to the same torture in attempt to force her to admit to being a witch.
“They were both tied with strong ropes and beaten in the rain all through the day until they died”, he said.
He continued by saying that no one had been detained and that the offenders were free to roam the neighborhood.
However, the state police command has not yet responded to this development.
This follows the recent internet sharing of a video showing a widow in Umueghu, Amaegbuato autonomous community, Nkpa Bende Local Government, Abia state, being shackled and flogged by members of her community.
Harrison Gwamnishu, a human rights activist, shared a video that showed the widow being assaulted after the wife of her late husband’s brother called her a witch.