Father, who poisoned 11-year-old twin daughters sentenced to death by hanging

Father, who poisoned 11-year-old twin daughters sentenced to death by hanging

A man identified as Mr Festus Anyanime, has been sentenced to death by hanging for poisoning his 11-year-old twin daughters.

The judgement was delivered by the High Court sitting in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State recently.

Reports said the man killed his two daughters after labelling them witches, saying they are behind his predicament.

The man was reported to have mixed a corrosive substance into a beverage (malt ), which he gave to his 11-year-old female twins, namely Mfoniso Anyanime and Emediong Anyanime that eventually killed both of them .

A statement from the state police command had said: “On January 10, 2017, Mr. Festus gave his 11-year-old girls a malt drink mixed with acid from his motorcycle, one died at the spot while the second crawled to the road where a good samaritan rescued but died the next day in the hospital.”

While delivering judgment on Tuesday in suit number HK/6C/2018, Justice Onyebueke of the court said the killer’s act is satanic, demonic, and beyond human comprehension.

Lauding Justice Onyebueke and condemning the act of witchcraft branding, Barr. James Ibor, Principal Counsel, Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI) and Chairperson of Child Protection Network (CPN), Cross River State Chapter, said it was a great victory to the victims.

Ibor warned against witchcraft accusations & branding while condemning all forms
persecutions and ritual killings under the guise of witchcraft.

“We use this opportunity to thank Justice Onyebueke for her courage, Hon. Attorney General Tanko Ashang and his able team, the Commissioner of Police Cross River State and the General Hospital Akamkpa, UNICEF and staff and volunteers of Basic Rights Counsel Initiative.

This is a great victory to the victims; Mfoniso Anyanime and Emediong Anyanime and the Government of Cross River State at a period witchcraft branding and ritual killing has become a pastime in the State”.

“Stop Witchcraft accusations, witch persecution and ritual killing. Blood money is superstition. It does not work.Pastors must stop witchcraft branding and stigmatisation,it is a Crime”, he said.

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