Ms Flourish Victor, daughter of Mrs Amarachi Okechi, a widow who was accused of witchcraft by her community in Abia State is calling for justice for her humiliated mother.
AbaCityBlog reports that Mrs Okechi was accused of witchcraft by her late husband’s brother’s wife in Umueghu Amaegbuato Community, Nkpa in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
A video which trended online showed how the angry mob ties Mrs Okechi’s hands to her back and took a turn in flogging her.
The mob accused Mrs. Okechi of being responsible for the illness of a young girl who took ill and the illness “defied” treatment. They claimed the widow magically caused the ailment.
“The Youths in the community accused Mrs. Okechi of witchcraft after consulting a local diviner who certified her was behind the sickness. Mr. Okechukwu Chidirim led the youths who consulted the diviner,” a local told AfAW.
While the video was trending, Harrison Gwamnishu, a Human Rights activist and Witchcraft advocacy group, Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW), called on the attention of the Abia State government, which in turn, the wife of the Abia State governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu ordered the woman to be released and brought to Umuahia, State capital for treatment.
Reacting to the humiliation meted on her mother, Ms Flourish Victor said she was heartbroken when she was notified about the mob action on her mother.
Flourish who took to her Facebook account, said her mother is never a witch and she falsely accused by her uncle’s wife.
She wrote: “Good morning everyone, I wish to talk about this now I’ve not strong to share it, This is Mrs Amarachi Okechi the widow that was tied for 2days and humiliated by her community, in Umueghu Amaegbuato autonomous community nkpa in bende local government Abia state,
“(she’s my mom) she was accused by my uncle’s wife for being a witch which she’s not and they decided to kill my mom for me, friends I’ve been in tears since Tuesday till now, I came all the way from Lagos down to Umuahia and I couldn’t recognize my own mom, chai obi agbawalam 💔🥺🥺🥺🥺💔💔💔
“am in severe pain but no wahala God dey, I want to specially thank Harrison Gwamnishu a great man with a great heart for coming through for me, boss I say ur own no go spoil, and to our governor’s wife too for also coming through for me, God bless you ma I humbly appreciate,….. My heart aches 🥺💔💔💔,…
“I feel humiliated, I feel like I’m not alive again, I want revenge 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔,… I really want revenge 💔💔💔