Nigeria: Witchcraft phenomenon on the rise in Akwa Ibom

In Akwa Ibom State, almost every misfortune is attributed to ifot (witchcraft). Here, a migraine or a student’s poor academic performance or even poor record of sales in a business shop would most likely be traceable to ifot. Here, everyone does live in fear, and everyone is a potential suspect.

Akwa Ibom is generally believed to be among the top states in Nigeria that remained plagued by witchcraft killings. The oil-rich state assumed international spotlights few years ago with the showing of a documentary titled ‘Dispatches: Saving Africa’s Witch Children’ which was aired in a TV station in the United Kingdom. 

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