HRC investigates minors set ablaze by father

HRC investigates minors set ablaze by father


HRC investigates minors set ablaze by one evangelist and father of Mary Gyang, one of the victims…

From Christiana Gokyo, Jos  


The Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Plateau State has picked the case of two minors that were set ablaze by one evangelist and father of Mary Gyang, one of the victims.

The minors were accused by the culprit for witchcraft.

The two minors are God’s Gift Nyam and Mary Gyang of Ladurak of Shen in Jos South Local Government Area of the State.

Principal Officer with the Human Rights Commission, Kachollom Tachio told newsmen in her office recently that on December 16, 2019 they received a complaint from one Rita Nyam, younger sister to one of the mothers of the victims on the matter.

“That on the 8th of December, 2019 one Sunday evening, God’s Gift Nyam, 11years, and Mary Gyang, five years, were taken by Mary’s father out of the house to another compound alleging that they were witches or wizards,” she noted.

According to her, they used petrol from a motorcycle that was parked near the house and poured on them and set them ablaze.

She said this drew the attention of the members of the village who raised alarm which alerted the mother of God’s Gift who ran into the compound to save her child only to find the children screaming.

The mother of God’s Gift kept on asking about who did it, but nobody answered her. She then took the children back home and at the early hours of the following day, she rushed them to Plateau Specialist Hospital where they were admitted and treated.

Mrs. Tachio further explained that Rita also reported the incident to the Police at Angulu Jos and the police rushed down to the village but the villagers vehemently denied the police arresting anybody, even stoning them.

According to her, ”we are investigating the matter on our own. When I visited the hospital, I saw them and they were badly burnt, because their heads were completely bandaged.”

In her own words, the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Plateau State Chapter, Mrs. Jennifer Yerima condemned the act meted against the minors.

She expressed sadness over allegation of witchcraft, saying that the menace of jungle justice has no place in this society.

HRC investigates minors set ablaze by father

She said NAWOJ has interest in the issue and will follow the case to its logical conclusion to ensure that justice is done in favour of the two minors.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Terna Marthins confirmed the incident and said they have put surveillance all over the village to be able to apprehend the culprits.

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