CITIZENS COMPASS– EXECUTIVE Director of Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfWA), Dr Leo Igwe, has protested the disruption of a meeting meant to discuss the alleged persecution of witches and other handlers of witchcraft by the Nigeria Police in Makurdi, Benue State, over the weekend.
Dr Leo Igwe, who organized the meeting accused the police of invading the seminar venue on “witch persecution.”
Disclosing this in a statement, he flayed the action of the police describing it as unacceptable especially when the Commissioner of Police in the state was duly invited for the programme.
According to him, all the attendees from various human rights organisations and civil society organisations including the National Human Rights Commission who had seated were chased out of the venue.
Titled: “Police stop seminar on witch persecution in Makurdi,” the statement partly read: “The police have invaded the venue of the seminar on “witch persecution” to be held today in Makurdi, Benue State. At least 15 police officers who arrived in five vehicles are at the venue, Green Belt Hotel in Makurdi.
“The DPO of the area, Daniel Ezeala, said they had been instructed to stop the meeting and urged every attendee to vacate the venue. Another officer said that they got some intelligence that witches were meeting at the venue.