Nov 26, 2014 – Picture: Orphan Boy Thrown Into Imo River In Akwa Ibom State Over Witchcraft Survives
The boy pictured above is a survival.
Usen Okon, a 10-year-old orphan put incare of her aunt (Ekaeyen) at Etebi in Esit Eket LGA of Akwa Ibom state was last week thrown into a river after he was accused of using witchcraft to ruin a family.
Usen Okon who was thrown into Imo River in Ikoti Abasi area of Akwa Ibom came out alive and walked back home.
But on getting home, he was told his aunt had relocated
A non-government organisation, the Humanist Association for Peace and Social Tolerance Advancement and its partner, Child’s Rights and Rehabilitation Network, said the boy was being taken care of by the groups.
The Senior Project Manager of the organisation, Mr. Ayobami Ojedokun, told our correspondent in Uyo on Tuesday that Okon was under the care of his paternal aunt, identified simply as Ekaeyen, at Etebi community in the Esit Eket Local Government Area of the state as his parents had died.
He said a few days ago, Okon was aroused from sleep by Ekaeyen who took him to her husband and asked him to confess to being a wizard.
He added that when Okon denied the witchcraft accusation, his aunt threatened to throw him into a river.
Ojedokun said Ekaeyen, true to her words, on November 16, took Okon to the Imo River and threw him into the water with the hope that he would drown.
“She actually threw Okon into Imo River thinking that the boy would drown. The boy came out of the water alive and went to their home, only to be told that her auntie had relocated,” Ojedokun said.
What a life!