A man has been arrested in Cross River State for starving his children and nailing to a cross after a native doctor branded them witches.
According to South-South News, the Akwa Ibom State-born Akpan who lives in Akpabuyo Local Government Area, was reportedly told by a native doctor identified as Dr. Okokon that the two children, Elisha and Esther, were witches and were the ones bringing misfortune to the family and he decided to give the children the Jesus Christ punishment.
The children who are aged 12 and six respectively, explained to the police after they were rescued by a good Samaritan in the area, how their father and stepmother locked them up in a hut without food and water for several weeks following the allegation.
The children who looked emaciated and malnourished, said their father accused them of taking his money to their 'master in the witchcraft coven and therefore deserve no mercy.'
Elisha who is the older child, narrated their harrowing experiences in the hands of their father:
"Our daddy said we are witches and locked us in a thatched hut for many weeks without food and water. Our sister, Peace, usually bring us water inside the hut when our father and our mother went gone out.
My mother (stepmother), said the woman who used to live near our house in Akpabuyo gave us food and she put something (witchcraft spell) in the food and when we ate it, we changed to birds at night and took our fathers money to 'our master' in the witchcraft world.
Our daddy said I took N4,000 while Esther took N2,000 to our master. This is something I don’t even understand. I am not a witch. My sister too is not a witch. We are children of God.
It is because our own mother is dead that they do this to us. Our daddy nailed our hands to a cross because he says we are witches."
The police have vowed to make sure Akpan, his wife, and the native doctor are charged to court and face the full wrath of the law.