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Widow Accused Of Being A Witch, Tied Up & Flogged In Abia

Southeast Nigerian hamlet of Umueghu in Amaegbuato is tense following the whipping and flogging of a widow for supposedly being a witch by some locals in the Nkpa Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

Mrs. Amarachi Okechi has been recognized as the widow.

The widow is shown sitting on the ground with her hands tied behind her in a horrific social media video that SaharaReporters saw on Sunday. She had rope ties around her legs as well.

Numerous people in the crowd were jeering at the widow, who was being beaten by young men while wearing a gown and a bright blue hair tie.

Harrison Gwamnishu, an activist, released the graphic video of the assault on his Facebook page.

“When I talk about widows protection, I’m not asking for too much. Our mothers suffer the most from child delivery.

“Mrs. Amarachi Okechi, a widow was accused of witchcraft by her late husband brother’s wife.”

Gwamnishu also slammed the people of the community for the action, describing what they did as unjust. “If you are from Umueghu in Amaegbuato autonomous community Nkpa Bende Local Government, Abia state, your community did this to this woman.

“Even when the woman was begging and telling them she’s innocent, they tied her hands to her back, tied her two legs, flogged and filmed her.

“Her children reached out to the Behind Bars and we have decided to take this matter up no matter what it will cost us.

“This is barbaric should be condemned by all.” 

“#Attention: Please help us tag the wife of Abia State Governor,” he also wrote. 

Meanwhile, efforts to get the reaction of the Abia state police command were unsuccessful as the Command’s spokesman, Geoffrey Ogbonna did not answer when SaharaReporters called his mobile line.