MUHAMMED LAWAL SHUAIBU, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is against the conviction of the appellants for accusation of witchcraft and attempted murder contrary to and punishable under Section 211 (b) and 327 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. 2 of the Laws of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, 2000.
The appellants were among the four (4) persons arraigned before the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, sitting at Oron Judicial Division on three counts charge of conspiracy to attempt to murder, accusation of witchcraft and attempted murder. The charge No. HOR/9C/2017 reads as follows:-
“Count 1: Statement of offence
Conspiracy contrary to Section 552 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38 Vol.2 Laws of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, 2000.
Particular of offence
Alice Joshua Ukoh, Mary Edet Esio, Mercy Effiong Asuquo and Joe Edet Esio on 20th day of December, 2015 at No.26 Anwanamba Street in Oron Local Government within Oron Judicial Division conspired amongst yourself to commit felony to wit,…