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Father Arrested For Locking Up Alleged Witch Daughter For 4 Days

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March 5, 2013 – Girl Accused Of Witchcraft Tied Up For Four Days; Father Arrested For Child Abuse In Calabar

  • Father Arrested For Locking Up Alleged Witch Daughter For 4 Days

A 42-year-old father, Mr. Edet Etok-Akpan, is currently being quizzed at the headquarters of the Cross River State Police Command in Calabar for torturing his six-year-old daughter, Edidiong, as a result of a church prophetess’ pronouncement that the girl was a witch.

Edidiong was beaten by her father and locked up in a room with her hands, mouth and face bound for four days before she was rescued by neighbours.

It was learnt that Etok-Akpan started beating her on February 19 after an unidentified prophetess in their church told him that Edidiong was the witch responsible for the stagnancy in his life.

Narrating her ordeal to PUNCH Metro on Monday, Edidiong said after the beatings which lasted for some days, her father on February 21 tied her hands with a cord and bound her mouth with a piece of cloth.

She said, “He locked me in the inner room of our house and he never gave me food and never allowed me to go to school.”

The girl, who said she is in basic three at Femos Nursery and Primary School located at 24 Etyin Abasi Street, said she was becoming weak after days without food or water.

Luck, however, came her way on February 23, when another child, who lives with her parents in the same 42 Atakpa Street, came to their veranda to look for broom and discovered her.

Giving details of how she was rescued, a lawyer with the Basic Rights Counsel, Mr. James Ibor, said, “The girl went to Edidiong’s veranda to look for a broom and heard the sound of the girl like that of someone battling with her last breath.

“She looked through the louvers of the window and saw Edidiong bound on the floor and raised the alarm. Her parents and other neighbours rushed to the place and saw Edidiong bound inside her apartment.”

Ibor said one of the neighbours called him and he in turn informed the police.

He said, “When the policemen and I got there, we saw a crowd gathered outside. We were able to rescue the child by breaking the door.

“The girl was very weak because she had been without food for days and so we had to give her water first, then after about ten minutes we gave her milk before solid food an hour later.”

Ibor said the culprit and his wife had locked up the girl in the inner room of their two-room apartment and went to church, adding that the girl was presently living with her grandmother in another part of the town.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. John Umoh, said Etok-Akpan, who is from Akwa Ibom State, had been arrested and would soon appear in court to answer charges of felony.

He said, “To tie a small girl’s hand and mouth and lock her in a room for some days without food is a grievous offence, he shall soon appear in court.”

Umoh, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, warned parents to always treat their children with care, adding criminalities are increasing daily because parents had abandoned their responsibilities to their wards.

He also said the police would visit the church where the father got the prophecy.


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  1. wunmi

    March 5, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Τ̲̅ȍ bad……….God have mercy

  2. Raymond Amaefune

    March 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Its a pity. Parents pls lets stp branding our childrn witches n wizard

  3. Obadara oluwafemi

    March 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    What an incredible parent! Na wa ooooo

  4. Amaka okoli

    March 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    That prophetes should be hanged because she z the source of the deal

    • Amaka okoli

      March 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Parents should knw d type of church dy atnd nd de type of prophesis dy believe

  5. Ndu di

    March 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Do ur practicle

  6. evans Anthony

    March 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    My people ar destroyed for lack of knowledge.

  7. Livingston

    March 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    How on earth would a father believed somone that his daughter is a witch? are the parent her true biological parent? this are the most stupid people i ever see. Imaging someone out there is looking for the witch child but have not gotten one and another one that is given is looking for a way to kill his/hers, this is very cruel. these are the most wicked parent on earth I ever heard of. That prophetess should be arrrested and be deal with so as to set example for others.

  8. flozywhite

    March 5, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    dengerous parent, bcos you did not long for child for so long that is why you did not value what it takes to have a child.
    come to think of it are you sure is dat lady dat give birth to the child?
    if she is the one and she know what she pass through she would have not do that. moreover, if you parent were able to prepare you ground well when both of you were still single, things would hv been that bad for both of you. so please live the poor child alone she is innocent.

  9. Temysexy

    March 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Hmmmmmmmmm! This is incredible! Parent locked up a 6years old daughter bcos she’s a witch and not a thief? If their truly the biological parent they would have find a way/solution to rescue the girl by ‘delieverance/prayer’ instead of this stupidity…..

  10. shanomi steven

    March 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    parent should undastand their children because they re future of 2morrow

  11. bky

    March 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Signs of de end tme, fake prophesy evryway.


    November 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    i don’t no what 2 said. only God can says d nxt tin….

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