An Adamawa Court has ordered seven defendants alleged to be witches to restore the health of a three-year-old girl whom they allegedly bewitched with a strange illness.
The Magistrate, Umar Gangs-led Criminal Area Court I gave the suspected witches 24 hours to comply with the order.
The case involves a 60-year-old woman, Halima Jonta, of Dumne town, in the Song Local Government Area of Adamawa State and two other alleged witches, who confessed to killing of seven people in seven years since she joined the cult in Dumne town.
Also joined in the case were five kids, said to be between the ages of four and six.
The defendants were arrested and arraigned over allegations that they inflicted the victim with a life-threatening illness.
The defendants, who were apprehended in Dumne, confessed to having bewitched the child and accused one another and other relations as being responsible for initiating them into the cult.
They claimed that efforts by them to resolve the child’s illness were abortive, adding that one Dudu, now at large, was the only person who could undo the spell.
Presiding over the matter, Gangs ordered that Dudu be arrested with immediate effect.
The magistrate said the court would hold them responsible if the health condition of the child deteriorated.