Man ban­ished from Ebonyi com­mu­nity over al­leged witchcraft

The Punch - - METRO - Ed­ward Nnachi, Abaka­liki

Amid­dle-aged man, iden­ti­fied sim­ply as Eze­muo, was on Wed­nes­day ban­ished from the Ng­wongwo vil­lage, Ishi­agu com­mu­nity, in the Ivo Local Gov­ern­ment Area of Ebonyi State over al­le­ga­tion of witchcraft. Eze­muo was sent pack­ing af­ter he was al­legedly caught chant­ing in­can­ta­tions at the en­trance to a Chi­nese min­ing firm lo­cated near a junc­tion con­nect­ing Ebonyi and Enugu states in the Ishi­agu area.

PUNCH Metro gath­ered that the man hails from Abia State, but was liv­ing in the com­mu­nity and en­gaged in sell­ing of clothes.

A mem­ber of the Ebonyi State Se­cu­rity Neigh­bour­hood Watch in the area, Mr Aja Mgbo, who con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment, told our cor­re­spon­dent that the sus­pect was caught in the act, adding that he con­fessed to be­ing in the busi­ness of witchcraft for years.

Mgbo said the com­mu­nity for­bade witchcraft and the killing of peo­ple, which was why the res­i­dents took a quick but dras­tic ac­tion against the sus­pect.

He stated, “We caught the man chant­ing in­can­ta­tions at the junc­tion, the one that con­nects us to Enugu State. He was chant­ing in­can­ta­tions near a new Chi­nese com­pany there. It was the peo­ple in­side the com­pany, who first saw him and drew the at­ten­tion of the vil­lagers to him. Af­ter search­ing him, we saw some fetish items on him.

“When the peo­ple started beat­ing him, he con­fessed to have in­dulged in witchcraft. He said he had caused many peo­ple to be in­volved in ac­ci­dents. He also said he used to buy goods and make the sell­ers to for­get to ask him for money, and con­fessed to other atroc­i­ties.

“No­body knew that he was into such things. He was sell­ing clothes at a local mar­ket and had lived here for a long time. He was liv­ing in a rented apart­ment at Ng­wongwo, which is my vil­lage.

“I don’t think he is mar­ried, be­cause he was not liv­ing with any woman. That was why our peo­ple ex­pelled him, be­cause we don’t need such peo­ple. We used a car and a tri­cy­cle to pack his be­long­ings and sent him away.”

When con­tacted, the Po­lice Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, said she was not aware of the incident, but promised to con­tact the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Ishi­agu Di­vi­sion for in­quiries.

She had yet to get back to our cor­re­spon­dent as of the time of fil­ing this story.

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