Three wizards identified as Benard Kekong, Edward Kekong and John Otu have been burnt in Oku community, Boki Local Government Area, Cross River for pretending to be Chiefs.
Benard Kekong was a former manager at Boki Oil Palm Estate in Borum. He died an hour after he was set ablaze.
Others including women who were accused for witchcraft gasped for breath and were allegedly inflicted with severe burns.
A source in the community said the attack on the victims was allegedly ordered by an aide to Governor Ben Ayade’s political appointee.
“The elderly victims accused of being witches and wizards, were brought out from their homes and burned. Some have died, while others still alive are writhing in pains.
“Those in pains could not get medical treatment anywhere, not even in Okundi, as the dreaded political appointee warned whoever treated those suffering from burns would suffer the same fate” a source stated.
The source added, “The police in Okundi also could not do anything about the situation because the troublesome political appointee warned them to stay away from Oku.
“Villagers have fled to neighbouring communities on self-exile to avoid being attacked by the man and his boys. Even the clan head, Bernard Nku is also on the run” the source further said.
When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, office of the State Security Adviser, Sir Alfred Mboto, said, “I have been able to reach my SSA (State Security Adviser, Central) and my SSA has been able to make contact there.
“He will give me a full briefing. But what they said was that some youths of the village decided to take on elders claiming that those elders are witches and wizards and one of the youths was using a mirror to show them who to attack.
“But it is true that some properties have been destroyed. I want to get the raw facts because some people are even telling me that some people have been killed. We have to send our security informants to get the right information.
“However, if that happened, I have set in motion plans to arrest those who carried out the act, alongside the person who carried the mirror. >
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