Cross River State governor, Senator Bassey Otu has ordered the arrest of 14 persons and some others for their involvement in the gruesome murder of one Madam Martina Okey Itagbor of Old Netim, in Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state who they accused of witchcraft.
The group led by Christopher Sunday and Festus Etim Umoh are to face the full wrath of the law as ordered by the governor.
As contained in a statement signed by the governor’s chief press secretary, Emmanuel Ogbeche, Otu said, “I have directed the Commissioner of Police in the state to mobilise all tactical and investigative assets and ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous act are brought to justice.”
The governor condemned the barbaric act, saying such can’t be abhorred in the state.
“Our people must do away with all relics of culture that promote violence, murder, and criminality such as in this instance.
“Let me warn against such acts as we have laws and statutes to deal with issues of wrongdoings and disagreements,” Otu stated.
The governor stressed that his administration is committed to securing the lives and properties of the people.