Attention: The Nigeria Police Force
Seven people were killed in the village of Eyo Uwe in Udung Uko local government area of Nigeria on the Eve of Christmas day. The killings took place in a broad daylight according to one our volunteers from the area.
The volunteer who has been rescuing children labeled witches said twenty-seven people were listed for slaughtering by the youths who formed themselves into a violent gang of 'witch' killers. Twenty people, however, escaped before the hoodlums, who are notorious for maiming and killing suspected witches in the area combed their houses.
The father and mother of a 13-year-old girl, Jenny Edet Okon who is taking refuge at the CRARN Children Center, Eket were among the victims who were butchered to death.
Jenny was rescued by a volunteer in 2011 and brought to CRARN Children Center after her brothers arranged with some boys to kidnap her and taken to a bush in the night to be killed but mistakenly kidnapped her sister. When they took her sister to the bush, she identified her brother and asked him the crime she committed to merit death, the brother upon realizing the mistake, released her and told the boys that they took the wrong person.
When the girl, upon return, informed her parents of what transpired, they took Jenny and hid in the bush for about a month before she was smuggled and brought to CRARN Children Centre by our volunteer.
Jenny's brothers, John, and Evily had been pestering their parents to bring back Jenny or pay the price for supporting and hiding a witch until they were finally murdered in cold blood a day before Christmas. The paternal auntie of Jenny, Nene Okon was earlier killed alongside others a few weeks before the Christmas Eve's killings.
We have also been informed that some children who ran away during the mayhem by the marauding villains are yet to return home, even as their whereabouts are still unknown.
We are by this release, passionately appealing to the Nigerian Police Force to go after these hoodlums and bring them to justice as well as ensure the safety of those listed for slaughtering by this dangerous gang believed to have the tacit support from some powerful men in that community.
Child's Right and Rehabilitation Network