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THE police in Plateau State have arrested a 21-year-old man who slaughtered an eight-year-old boy and removed his eyes for ritual purposes.
Parading the suspect and his accomplices before journalists in Jos, the state capital, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Olakpe, said the incident occurred in February at Shwar village in Kanke Local Government Area.
Tacha Tali was said to have waylaid Goltona Salihu, strangulated him and used a knife to remove his eyes.
The commissioner stated that the father of the boy, Salihu, reported the matter to the police, saying that the decomposing body of his son, who had left to graze cows, was found with the eyes missing by a search party, which was organised after the boy failed to return home.
He said on July 26, Tacha was arrested with dry human eyes and subsequently confessed, in the course of interrogation, that the body parts belonged to Goltona.
The suspect, according to the commissioner, also named his co-conspirators, two of whom are herbalists.
Tacha told Saturday Tribune in an interview that he handed the eyes to the herbalists, Kulime Nangkum and Tapyitda, to prepare a disappearing charm and the items, that is, the eyes, were returned to him after the necessary rites were performed on them.
The police also arrested seven suspected members of an armed robbery gang, some of whom were undergraduate students.
According to Olakpe, the suspected robbers, who had terrorised Jos residents for some time, were arrested through a combined effort of the police and other security agencies in the state, as well as members of the public.
Items recovered from the suspects, he said, included eight live ammunition, five cartridges, a knife, two televisions, a home theatre and two laptops.
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The parents are even perpetuating hatred between siblings. How scary would it be to fear your own brother or sister? Sadly, many of these children start believing that they are witches and that they deserve to be treated in this inhumane manner. They start blaming their own sibling to avoid being accused of witchcraft themselves. We cannot blame these children for acting this way when they are following the example of adults. This video was taken in the Democratic Republic in Congo, but this epidemic occurs throughout Africa.
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This video was made by Anja Ringgren Lovén, founder of YourAID.
This is Mercy Frank, she is 12 years old, "her mother bathed her in acid because a prophet claimed she was possessed by witchcraft." Read more about her story and others at http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/15033410-akwa-ibom-childwitches-still-endangered-species (July 21, 2013)
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This is sickening and a sign of true cowardice! Sadly, many groups of people ,despite race or religion, don't have a problem using children to prove their selfish point of views.
This needs to change in every society. We must take care of one of the most vulnerable groups in every population.
This morning I came across this photo summing what this fundraiser like many others is trying to overcome. I'm not going to judge you for looking away, but I DO think it is an epidemic to care more about someone's personal preferences than about suffering children worldwide. I think that it is a greater disease that more and more people are okay with the hypocrisy of the situation.
Isn't he beautiful? Wouldn't it be nice if all children had that big smile? It would. Unfortunately, many children in Africa live in fear because they are believed to be witches and wizards. I know its 2013, but in some societies witchcraft is real and it affects families. Sadly, the weakest group in society, our children, are blamed for the misfortunes in their homes, families and communities. There are organizations that rescue these children and provide them with shelter, food, clothes, etc. These non profits need our help to continue their valuable mission. One remarkable organization is based in Nigeria. It is called CRARN (Child's Right and Rehabilitation Network). It needs out support
to continue to rescue and shelter these children. I have created this blog to spread awareness of these issues and show our support. I have also founded a fundraiser A Second Chance to collect funds and supplies for the children.
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