Posted: Sunday 29th June 2014 at 12:15 pm

SHOCKING: Two Kids Set Ablaze In Akwa Ibom Over Witchcraft Accusations (PICTURED)

Two street kids have suffered severe burns in controversial circumstances in the capital city of Akwa Ibom State, Uyo. The victims, identified as Namanso Edet-Bassey, 8, and Kufre Effiong, 9, are being treated at St. Luke’s Hospital.

According to police report, the children were burnt in an uncompleted building over accusations of witchcraft. 

The victims described themselves as homeless kids, who had nowhere to go and who found shelter in the uninhabited house on the outskirts of Uyo.

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Two Akwa Ibom kids suffer burns over witchcraft accusations. Snapshot from a video – ChannelsTV

A video by ChannelsTV shows Namanso Edet-Bassey on in a hospital. She said that her parents have separated, so she was abandoned and sleeps in an uncompleted building. The second victim, Kufre Effiong, calls the street as his home.

The duo was rescued by a Sister from a local Catholic Convent. The Reverend Sister has also made a formal report to the police.

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Two Akwa Ibom kids suffer burns over witchcraft accusations. Snapshot from a video – ChannelsTV

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Etim Dickson, confirmed he was aware of the report that some of the children were tagged as witches. He also expressed optimism on finding and prosecuting those responsible.

“The name the children mentioned; we had to go to the village. The village head was looked for, brought to the station and he denied that he did not know the suspect. We are still looking forward to seeing those who treated those children in that manner,” he said.

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