Man to die by hanging for killing twin daughters over alleged witchcraft

The high court sitting in the Akamkpa judicial division of Cross River State has sentenced one Mr Anyanime Festus to death by hanging.

The court says Anyanime had wilfully and gruesomely murdered his 11-year-old twins, Mfoniso Anyanime and Emediong Anyanime, in 2017 after tagging them witches.

Honourable Justice A. A. Onyebueke delivered the judgment today.

Anyanime, who is in his 50s, could not defend his allegation of witchery against his daughters when cross-examined.

A child rights activist, Mr James Ibor, whose Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BCRI) facilitated the prosecution of the accused, said the case was first reported in February 2017, which led to the immediate arrest of the convict by the police after due investigation.

The police ensured necessary medical examinations and autopsies were done on the deceased children, which aides the judgment.

He said witchcraft branding and ritual killing has become a pastime in the state.

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