Mob burns two accused of witchcraft to death in Cross River

By Samuel Ita, Calabar

Two elderly men accused of witchcraft were set ablaze by an angry mob
last week in Ikot Effanga community of Akpabuyo Local Government area
of Cross River State.The men, Chief Bassey Ekwe, 69 and Mr. Asuquo Effiong, 72, were
accused of causing the death of young people in the village through
diabolical means.

One of the children victims, Bassey, said trouble started when a man
died in the community and some members of his family said the death
was mysterious.

He said the family of the man who died had visited a native doctor,
named Monday Augustine, who told them he will find out who was
responsible for their son’s death.

“The native doctor led the family who carried the corpse on their
shoulders round the village while pouring libations and conjuring
spirits.

“On getting to the front of our compound they started dancing and my
father who didn’t know what was happening came out and curiously asked
them what was wrong only for the native doctor to point and say he
killed the man.

“The family of the dead man and some persons who were with them
immediately pounced on my father and set him ablaze, while they later
went to grab another man accused by the native doctor, who was also
set ablaze by the mob,” he said.

It was gathered that three suspects including the native doctor had
been arrested by the police.

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