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Cross River policeman ‘accuses his 6-year-old daughter of being a witch, starved, tortured her with knife and locked her up inside store for weeks ‘

Oct 30, 2022

Cross River State Child Protection Network (CPN) has rescued a 6-year-old girl who was allegedly branded a witch by her father, a police officer. 


The girl (name withheld) was allegedly locked up in a store for weeks in Okurikang, Odukpani Local Government Area of the state. 


Members of CPN had stormed the area after some neighbors raised an alarm that the child had been left there for weeks by her father, who identified himself as Sergeant Echeng Ezeoke of Police Mobile Force (PMF) 11.


According to neighbours, the father arrives every evening to torture her and accuse her of being a witch.


“We have rescued a child who was locked in a shop by the father while he lives in another apartment across the road with his wife. The father is a police man serving at 11 PMF. We have apprehended and handed the man to the police at Odukpani Division, CRS,” CPN said in a statement on Friday, October 28, 2022. 


“Apart from locking up the child, he used a knife to beat the child and inflicted a cut on her head. The child has been starved for days and is looking malnourished. She is now in a shelter in Calabar.” 


Addressing the press, Kebe Ikpi, the Cross River State Coordinator of (CPN) said that the rescue was carried out after worried neighbors said they have been hearing the child crying for days.


Mr Ikpi said the father lives in another compound with a woman and left the child the child in the store. 


Kebe added the issue will be followed up appropriately, saying, “the child has an injury on her head that we suspect is a machete cut. This is not something that should be happening anywhere, nonetheless, from a Police officer.” 


Also speaking, Apostle Leonard Ekpenyong, the Odukpani chapter of CPN Coordinator said with the cooperation of communities, all harmful practices against children can be eliminated, encouraging people not to condone any form of abuse.


Meanwhile, the suspect has been handed over to the Odukpani Police Division.


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