Category Archives: Helen Ukpabio

Children are targets of Nigerian witch hunt

Tracy McVeigh, The Guardian, 9 Dec. 2007

The rainy season is over and the Niger Delta is lush and humid. This southern edge of West Africa, where Nigeria’s wealth pumps out of oil and gas fields to bypass millions of its poorest people, is a restless place. In the small delta state of Akwa Ibom, the tension and the poverty has delivered an opportunity for a new and terrible phenomenon that is leading to the abuse and the murder of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children. And it is being done in the name of Christianity. Continue reading


Children Of Akwa Ibom State And Governor Godswill Akpabio – A Note (Nigeria)

Nigerian Village Square, Dr Olusegun Fakoya, 23 Sept. 2010

I am immensely disturbed by reports emanating from Akwa Ibom state on the vitriolic action of the state government against the activists of the child witchcraft problem in the state. In particular, the state government was reported to have directed the immediate arrest of both Gary Foxcroft and Sam Itauma, leaders of Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) and Stepping Stone Nigeria (SSN), the two NGOs actively involved in focussing world attention on the plight of innocent children in that state. Continue reading

Africa: Child Abuse And Persecution Of Children

Nigerian Village Square, Olusegun Fakoya, 18 Nov. 2008

Africa abounds with various forms of child abuses, most arising from prevalent poverty and ignorance. This notwithstanding, the paramount role of the child in the African setting has never been in question. However, the traditional African belief and attitude to children has been successfully fractured by those who have deliberately perverted traditional belief and infused it with a distorted dose of Christianity. In the words of Professor Richard Hoskins (Kings College University, London), a noted expert on the phenomenon of Child Witches, “the phenomenon (of child witches) appears to spring from a new Frankenstein religion, an unholy marriage of perverted Christianity and an ingrained African belief in the spirit world, fuelled by the grinding poverty and desperate need of the people of West and Central African cities”. Continue reading

Nigerian Witchcraft: Pastor fights deceitful counterparts, 23 April 2009, Konye Obaji Ori
A Nigerian pastor has called on fellow pastors in Nigeria to stop deceiving people with the notion of witchcraft. Apostle John Okoriko, the founder and president of Solid Rock Kingdom Church in Nigeria has described the practice of pastors as shameful and manipulative. However such assumed witches and wizards are always the poor in society. Continue reading

Churches involved in torture, murder of thousands of African children denounced as witches

Katharine Houreld, October 17, 2009

EKET, Nigeria (AP) — The nine-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall. His family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning away his face and eyes. The emaciated boy barely had strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him — Mount Zion Lighthouse. Continue reading

Nigeria: Akwa Ibom Witchcraft Riddle

Daily Independent (Lagos), 1 Nov. 2008, Isioma Madike

She lies curled up by the wayside. She looks wretched in rags. Scattered pieces of rocks nearby indicate that she has been there for days. Her crime: She was alleged to have confessed to being a witch. She is said to have killed family members, drank human blood and brought ruin and ill health to her friends. This especially makes her highly hated by her neighbourhood. Continue reading

Helen Ukpabio: Hitting hard at witchcraft (Nigeria)

Daily Independent (Lagos), Vincent Obia, 2 Sept. 2008

The morning session, which always started at 6 a.m., was used for counseling and screening of persons who wanted to know their witchcraft status. It was a prayerful, painstaking exercise with Evangelist Helen Ukpabio, General Overseer of the church and foremost film producer, presiding. Continue reading