The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed one Nyam Choji of Shen village of Jos South Local Government Area of the state, set ablaze his son and daughter over alleged witchcraft.
The acting Police Public Relation Officer of the Command (PPRO), ASP Uba Gabriel who confirmed the incident on Sunday gave the names of the victim as Godsgift Nyam (11) and Mary Nyam (5). He said the incident occurred on Friday.
“From the information we got, the father of the victims and children of Mai Anguwa of the area were the perpetrators of the act. They are now at large but we have mounted 24 hours surveillance in the area to track them down,” he said.
According to the police, the victims were admitted to Plateau Specialist Hospital Jos. In a swift reaction to the development, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), in a statement signed by its chairperson in the state, Jennifer Yarima, condemned the act, describing it as a human rights violation against minors.
The group called on Governor Simon Bako Lalong to follow up the case to the logical conclusion to ensure Justice for the victims.
Earlier NEWISSUES reported the case as follows:
Two young girls accused of witchcraft have been set ablaze in Waduruk community, Shen village, Jos South local government area of Plateau State reported informationng.com.
The victims, said to be aged 11 and 5 years respectively, are reportedly battling for their lives at the Plateau State Specialists Hospital, Jos.
The State Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Mrs. Jennifer Yarima described the act as a gross violation of the human rights of the victims and called for concerted efforts from law enforcement agencies to ensure the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted.
In a statement she signed and issued in Jos, the NAWOJ Chairperson noted, “We condemn in strong terms the unspeakable human rights violation meted on two minors, 11 years old Godgift Nyam and five years old Mary Gyang who sustained unimaginable degree of injuries after they were burnt.
“The menace of jungle justice has no place in our contemporary society; it is a disheartening situation that minors will be subjected to such a traumatizing agony without any substantial evidence to prove their claims.
“The members of the community have continued to shield the perpetrators of this dastardly act and chased security agents when they went to arrest suspects. Since nobody is above the law, concerted efforts should be made to arrest and prosecute all those involved in this act of inhumanity to serve as a deterrent to others.”