Woman, 70, killed for allegedwitchcraft


By Gbenga Ariyibi, Ado Ekiti
EKITI State government is sad over the killing
in Omuo Ekiti of a seventy-year old woman
identified as Madam Rebecca Adewunmi accused
of witchcraft.
The daughter of the deceased woman, Mrs.
Grace Smith, said some youths in the community
conspired to kill her mother.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs,
Social Development and Gender Empowerment,
Mrs. Fola Richie-Adewusi, yesterday, described
the act as criminal, barbaric and a contravention
of laid down laws.
Richie-Adewusi, who lamented that such an
unfortunate incidence could still happen in this
modern age, said it was sad that the poor old
woman was killed based on alleged dream by a
little girl that she had a hand in the illness of
her stepson.
The Commissioner also faulted the failure of
the police to make any arrest since June 30 when
the incident occurred, just because some prominent
leaders in the community reportedly advised the
police against wading into a witchcraft case.
Saying that the signing into law of the Ekiti
State Gender Based Violence Prohibition bill by
Governor Kayode Fayemi last November had
made such barbaric act a criminal matter in Ekiti
State with great consequences, she called for the
immediate arrest and prosecution of the
perpetrators of the dastardly act.
“It is clear that the perpetrators of this
dastardly act have contravened this law and they
should be made to face the full wrath of the
law. This act is condemnable and we hope the
law enforcement agents will live up to their
responsibility and bring all the perpetrators to
book”, she added.
Meanwhile, counsel to the family of the
deceased, Mr. Femi Omotoso, has, in a petition to
Ekiti State Police Command, demanded
investigation into the circumstances leading to
the death of the woman and prosecution of the

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