GOVT ESTABLISHES FAMILY COURT TO HEAR CHILD WITCHCRAFT CASES

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The Akwa-Ibom State Government has established family court to hear prevalent cases of child witchcraft in the state.

Justice Theresa Obot of the state high court, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja that the court was created after a commission of enquiry set up to investigate allegations of child witchcraft concluded its assignment.

She said, “We, in the judiciary, lay so much emphasis on the child witchcraft stigmatisation and the courts now make it a point of duty to address those issues.

“So when such cases come in, we try not to limit ourselves to only the punishment of alleged child witch, but also to provide counselling.

“Because in a family court, when a child and the parents have problems, we offer reconciliation.

“Anybody, who says a child is a witch or wizard, he or she will be prosecuted, after which they will also receive counselling.

“So, that has helped to reduce incidences of child witchcraft in Akwa Ibom State.

“We are not saying that it is over, but so far, the incidence has been reduced to the barest minimum.’’(NAN)

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