Police chief Brindou Mbia said security forces had been placed on high alert after the spate of child abductions but he declined to speculate what was behind the killings.
In the commercial capital Abidjan, where at more than 3 children have been abducted, residents expressed concern for the safety of their young ones.
Many said the kidnappings were likely linked to ritual killings by corrupt businessmen and politicians, who used body part in ceremonies supposed to confer supernatural powers.
Others linked it to ritual ceremonies to help the ivorians football team win the African Nations Cup 2015… which they did. Superstition or not it seems to have worked…
“These are mystical and occult practices,” said Didier Kobenan, an electrician. “This is about black magic and they need these human sacrifices to get money and power.”
Presidential and possibly legislative elections are scheduled to take place toward the end of the year in the world’s largest cocoa producer and the economic motor of francophone West Africa.
A spate of child abductions was recorded ahead of elections in 2010.
The kidnappings have led to calls for action from the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF, which urged authorities to do everything possible to quickly identify those responsible.
“UNICEF is deeply worried by the kidnapping of children and the mutilated bodies that have been found,” UNICEF’s representative in Ivory Coast, Adele Khudr, said in a statement.
Curiously, Dominique Ouattara, the wife of Alassane Ouattara, also appealed for the Interior Ministry to take
action to protect children.
“Let us avoid leaving children unwatched,” she said.
To date, beside rumours of arrests and mention of some names of Alassane Ouattara’s senior collaborators, no report has identified and condamne the responsibles.
Mysteriously since the win of the African Nation Cup, just like in 2010 ahead of the election, the spate of child abductions has suddenly stopped…
This need to end… The government need to act responsibly and seriously address these crimes linked to rituals… Leaving the population to deal with it alone always bring sad cases of beating and killing of innocent people suspected as child abductors while the real culprit still at large…