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Battered, malnourished children seized by octogenarian woman ritualist, rescued by police

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By Ajuma Edwina Ameh

Three children battered beyond recognition have been rescued by Police in Anambra from a room where they were held hostage by two women suspected to be ritualists.

The children; two boys and a girl, who were badly bruised, malnourished and had broken bones, were found lying in the pool of their blood.

 

 

The room was reported to have blood stains alongside fetish items, a mortar, multiples pestles, blood stained canes, concoction and other incriminating items.

According to the police, the women identified as 39-year-old Rejoice Raymond and 80-year-old Chidi Felicia Nwafor, were arrested by police operatives attached to 3-3 Police Station Nkwelle, following intelligence report.

Persecondnews gathered that the police stormed their house at No.13 Akunwanta Mbamalu Street, Federal Housing Estates 3-3 Nkwelle Ezunaka, Anambra on Friday, where they found the three children locked up in a room.

In the room, was also found a bucket where the children were made to defecate as they were not allowed out of the room.

The children, whose parents are not known, were too battered to speak as they were barely conscious and appeared to be in shock.

 

The women abductors had subjected them to physical and emotional torture without feeding, and inflicted several wounds on their body leaving them unconscious.

“Scene was visited by the DPO 3-3 CSP Abdu Bawa, where a gory sights of badly battered victims, one with a broken arm were found in the pool of their blood and whose parents were neither seen nor known.

“Meanwhile, the children were rescued and rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

“Preliminary Investigation further revealed some fetish substances, blood stained canes,concoctions and other incriminating items were all recovered inside the rooms and registered as exhibits,” police said.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Monday Bala Kuryas, has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident, saying the suspects will be brought to justice after the conclusion of the investigation.

 

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