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Monday, July 16, 2012

70-year-old Woman Tortured To Death Over Alleged Witchcraft By Community Youths


EKITI State government is sad over the
killing in Omuo Ekiti of a seventy-year old
woman identified as Madam Rebecca
Adewunmi accused of witchcraft.

The daughter of the deceased woman, Mrs.
Grace Smith, said some youths in the
community conspired to kill her mother.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs,
Social Development and Gender
Empowerment, Mrs. Fola Richie-Adewusi,
yesterday, described the act as criminal,
barbaric and a contravention of laid down
laws.

Richie-Adewusi, who lamented that such an
unfortunate incidence could still happen in
this modern age, said it was sad that the
poor old woman was killed based on alleged
dream by a little girl that she had a hand in
the illness of her stepson.

The Commissioner also faulted the failure of
the police to make any arrest since June 30
when the incident occurred, just because
some prominent leaders in the community
reportedly advised the police against
wading into a witchcraft case.

Saying that the signing into law of the Ekiti
State Gender Based Violence Prohibition bill
by Governor Kayode Fayemi last November
had made such barbaric act a criminal
matter in Ekiti State with great
consequences, she called for the immediate
arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators
of the dastardly act.
“It is clear that the perpetrators of this
dastardly act have contravened this law and
they should be made to face the full wrath
of the law. This act is condemnable and we
hope the law enforcement agents will live
up to their responsibility and bring all the
perpetrators to book”, she added.

Meanwhile, counsel to the family of the
deceased, Mr. Femi Omotoso, has, in a
petition to Ekiti State Police Command,
demanded investigation into the
circumstances leading to the death of the
woman and prosecution of the culprits.

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