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Woman, 70, killed for alleged witchcraft

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*Ekiti govt cries foul

By Gbenga Ariyibi, Ado Ekiti

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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