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PIND Says 150 Women And Girls Were Killed For Ritual Between January 2018 And December 2021.

Between January 2018 and December 2021, according to the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), 150 women and girls were slaughtered for ceremonial purposes.

According to PIND, there has been an increase in targeted killings of women and girls for ceremonial purposes in Cross River, Delta, and Imo.

According to the NGO, the current situation is fueled by a rising desire for human body parts as a source of profit.

It goes on to say that the tendency puts women and girls’ safety and security in jeopardy.

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“According to data, over 150 incidents of ritual-related killings were reported in the Niger Delta between January 2018 and December 2021,” the report reads.

“Recent incidents also indicate an upsurge in targeted killings of women and girls for ritual purposes in the region, particularly in Cross River, Delta and Imo States.

“In January 2022, for example, more than 10 girls were reportedly killed for rituals in Ogoja town, Cross River State.

“The growing prevalence of targeted killings of women and girls for rituals is a serious threat to human security.

“The prevailing situation, which is seemingly driven by a growing demand for human body parts for money-making occult rituals, has the potential to reinforce harmful cultural beliefs and practices that could endanger the safety and security of women and girls.”

If this is not addressed, PIND believes it will have “far-reaching” socioeconomic and political consequences at the state and regional levels.

“Stakeholders should work with relevant government agencies, including the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to address the underlying drivers and develop appropriate punitive and preventive measures to mitigate the situation,” the report said.


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