In Cross River State, two widows named Mrs. Martina Osom and Mrs. Rose Akom were tortured to death by youths who had accused them of practising witchcraft.
The event happened early on Saturday, August 27, in the town of Ebbaken in Cross River State's Boje, Boki Local Government Area, roughly 300 kilometres from Calabar, the state capital.
Both ladies were returning from early morning prayers when the youngsters accused them of initiating a member of the community into witchcraft, according to an eyewitness who requests anonymity—the son-in-law of one of the windows.
He said: “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 the other woman, Mrs Rose Akom, was also dragged to join his mother-in-law and inflicted with same torture, ordering her to confess to allegations that she is a witch.
“They were both tied with strong ropes and beaten in the rain all through the day until they died,” he added.
He said no arrest had been made and the culprits are walking free in the community.
“That was what happened in this civilised era in this community,” he lamented.
Several calls and text messages sent to DSP Irene Ugbo, the Cross River State Police Command spokesman, were unanswered.