By JIDAUNA DARING
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Plateau State chapter has condemned in strong terms the unspeakable human rights violation meted against two minors, 11 year old Godsgift Nyam and 5 year old Mary Gyang who sustained unimaginable degree of injuries after they were burnt at Waduruk in Shen of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State over allegations of witchcraft.
The two minors were reportedly set ablaze by yet to be identified persons who accused them of witchcraft and the victims are presently receiving treatment at the Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos the state capital.
A statement signed by the chairman of NAWOJ in the state, Mrs. Jennifer Yarima, a copy of which was obtained by THE NIGERIA STANDARD in Jos, said “the menace of jungle justice has no place in our contemporary society, a disheartening situation whereby minors will be subjected to such a traumatizing agony without any substantial evidence to prove their claims”.
According to Mrs. Yarima, “To add salt to injury, the members of the community have continued to shield the perpetrators of this dastard act and chased security agents when they went to the village to arrest the suspects”.
“NAWOJ notes that since nobody is above the law in this country, concerted efforts should be made to arrest and prosecute all those involved in this act of inhumanity to serve as a deterrent to others in our society”, the statement added.
She stated that, “NAWOJ has picked interest on this issue and will follow the case to its logical conclusion and ensure that justice is achieved in favour of the two minors” and urged the “Plateau State Government, all spirited individuals and organizations to come to the aid of the two minors lying critically ill at the hospital in dare need of help”.