Two aged women have allegedly been tortured to death by a group of youths in Ebbaken community in Boje, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State.

They accused the women, Mrs Martina Osom and Mrs Rose Akon of witchcraft.

The two widows were reportedly killed by a mob on Saturday morning.

A relative of one of the victims, who pleaded anonymity, for fear of the deadly youths, confirmed the incident.

He stated the women were returning from early morning prayers when the youths accosted and accused them of initiating a member of the community into witchcraft.


“They met them within the Church environment, they were devoted Catholics. It was her tradition to weed and clean up the Church vicinity every Saturday immediately after the Morning Mass.

“The youths accused her of initiating a member of the community into witchcraft and she denied the allegation but they went ahead and tie her hands and legs: inflicted her with severe injuries, beating and ordering her to confess alleged witchcraft. Some of the youths wanted them lynched as a car tire was worn on one.”

He said the other woman was also dragged and tortured.

”Pictures made available showed how one of them had her hands and legs tied with strong ropes and tyre worn on her. They were beaten until they died,” he said.

He said it was annoying the culprits are walking free in the community, believing they did the right thing.

Cross River police spokesman DSP Irene Ugbo said she heard of the incident and promised to get back after briefs from the Divisional Police Officer in the effected community.

Picture of one of the two women allegedly tortured to death in Cross River by a group of youths.

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