Man To Die By Hanging For Killing 11-Year-Old Twin Daughters Over Witchcraft Allegation


A High Court sitting in Akamkpa, Cross River State, has sentenced a man, Ayanime Udo, to death by hanging for killing his twin daughters on allegation of being witches.

Delivering judgment on the case with suit number HK/6C/2018, Justice Agnes Onyebueke said: “Udo’s act is satanic, demonic and beyond human comprehension.”

She held that the defendant had willfully and gruesomely murdered his 11 year-old twins, Mfoniso Anyanime and Emediong Anyanime in 2017 after dubbing them witches.

The defendant, who is in his 50s, could not defend his allegation of witchcraft against the female children when cross-examined and had given his 11-year-old girls a malt drink mixed with acid from his motorcycle.

One died at the spot on January 10, 2017, while the second crawled to the road where a Good Samaritan picked and took her to the hospital but she died the next day.

According to a Child Rights Activist, Mr James Ibor, who is of the Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BCRI) facilitated the prosecution of the convict, the case was first reported in February, 2017.

Ibor said after it was reported, the convict was arrested by the police after due investigation was carried out.

“The police ensured that necessary medical examinations and autopsy were done on the deceased children, which aided the judgment

“This judgment is a great victory to the victims, Mfoniso Anyanime, Emediong Anyanime in particular, and the Government of Cross River State,” he said.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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