Three Chiefs and others have been burnt in Oku community, Boki Local Government Area, Cross River State over allegations of witchcraft.
It was recorded that among those that were burnt was Chief Benard Kekong who was former manager in Boki Oil Palm Estate in Borum. He died an hour after he was set ablaze.
Others include Edward Kekong and John Otu who were said to be gasping for breath while several others, mostly women, were allegedly inflicted with severe burns.
The victims were accused of being witches and wizards in the Oku community in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State.
A source in the community said the attack on the victims was allegedly spearheaded by an aide to Governor Ben Ayade.s political appointee.
“The elderly victims accused of being witches and wizards, were brought out from their homes and burned. Some have died, while others still alive are writhing in pains.
“Those in pains could not get medical treatment anywhere, not even in Okundi, as the dreaded political appointee warned whoever that treated those suffering from burns would suffer the same fate” a source stated.
The source added, “The police in Okundi also could not do anything about the situation because the troublesome political appointee warned them to stay away from Oku.
“Villagers have fled to neighbouring communities on self-exile to avoid being attacked by the man and his boys. Even the clan head, Bernard Nku is also on the run” the source further said.
When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, office of the State Security Adviser, Sir Alfred Mboto, said, “I have been able to reach my SSA (State Security Adviser, Central) and my SSA has been able to make contact there.
“He will give me a full briefing. But what they said was that some youths of the village decided to take on elders claiming that those elders are witches and wizards and one of the youths was using a mirror to show them who to attack.
“But it is true that some properties have been destroyed. I want to get the raw facts because some people are even telling me that some people have been killed. We have to send our security informants to get the right information.
“However, if that happened, I have set in motion plans to arrest those who carried out the act, alongside the person who carried the mirror.”
The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo did not respond to calls and a text message sent to her mobile line after several attempts to reach her.