Mother of Four Accused Of Witchcraft, Burnt To Ash In Cross River Community
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Mother of Four Accused Of Witchcraft, Burnt To Ash In Cross River Community

By Patrick Obia

As cases of witchcraft branding continue to thrive and perpetrators go unpunished, the recent is Mrs Martina Okey Itagbor, a mother of four girls who was accused of witchcraft and was subsequently burnt to death in Old Netim, Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State.

In April 2023, some youths suspected to be gangsters accused the late Martina of inflicting illness on a certain youth in the community.

One of her daughters who narrated to CrossRiverWatch said the chief of the community, Ntufam Augustine Nyong Orok washed his hands off the accusation and asked Mrs. Martina to defend herself if she was not a witch.

The matter was said to have been reported to Old Netim Police Station, Akamkpa same April 2023 when the first attack was launched on her but the police were in fear because gangsters were involved. 

On the 13th of June, 2023, some youths in the community gathered and stocked themselves in a charted vehicle heading to the inauguration reception of the member representing Akamkpa 1 State Constituency and formal Commissioner for Agriculture during former Governor Ben Ayade term – Hon. Okon Owuna.

Unfortunately, the youths who were suspected to be drunk had an accident and two of them lost their lives on the spot and many were injured.

A day after, some of the youths came and dragged Madam Martina out of her house to the main road, alleging she masterminded the accident and death of the two youths using witchcraft.

The deceased, who was in her 70s, was beaten and set ablaze by a greater number of angry mobs who watched her burn to ashes on the 18th of June, 2023 at about 7:am.

The police were said to have been informed when the act was ongoing but paid deaf ears.

The act that was calculated, the mobs after watching her burn to dust, swept the remnants into the gutters and washed the road.

The perpetrators are, however, hunting for the other of her children while they (perpetrators) go about their normal businesses.

Recall that in October 2022, Mrs. Iquo Edet Iyo and four other suspects were killed, and buried in a forest over witchcraft allegations in Ndon Nwong village, Okurikang, Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Also, in early June 2023, a yet-to-be-identified woman in Efondo in Akpabuyo was beheaded by another yet-to-be-identified suspect from Esuk Mba over alleged witchcraft which has led to a crisis in the area.

Meanwhile, one Christopher Sunday Mbey, a native of Old Netim, Akamkpa, has been fingered to spearhead the murder of Madam Martina Itagbor.

    • 1 year ago

    […] Mrs Martina Okey Itagbor, a woman in her 70s, was not as lucky as Affiong. Itagbor was burnt to death as recently as June 30 2023, in Old Netim, a town in Cross River State’s Odukpani Local […]

    • 9 months ago

    […] Mrs Martina Okey Itagbor, a woman in her 70s, was not as lucky as Affiong. Itagbor was burnt to death as recently as June 30 2023, in Old Netim, a town in Cross River State’s Odukpani Local […]

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