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Man Banished For Life Over Deaths In Family In Enugu

Pandemonium erupted in Umuela village, Ibagwa-Aka community, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, yesterday as the community excommunicated a middle-aged man (name withheld) who was accused of using fetish means to kill five of his siblings.

The locals brought a mock coffin and palm fronds to the suspect’s door while singing mournful songs.
They said that no less than five teenagers had passed away in the previous two years.

Newsmen was informed by a villager that whenever a family member passes away, the suspect always offers to go to the diviners for information gathering.

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The source went on to say that “he would always tell the villagers that his late elder brother was responsible for the fatalities” when he returned.


However, when another young person passed away in the family over the previous holiday season, things appeared to have out of hand. The change compelled the village’s youth to see a different diviner to determine the reason for the deaths.

A family member, who pleaded anonymity, said: “Our brothers and sisters have been dying for a long time now. Anytime you want to go and search for what is happening to our family, he would say he would do that for us.

“When he returns from the search he would tell us that his late elder brother was responsible for the death of the children; that his late elder brother had a problem with the gods; that the gods are the ones responsible for taking the life of the children.

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“But when the last one happened, the youths were very angry about the death. We decided to go and look for a solution together.

“We went to many places in search of a solution and the picture of the man kept on popping up that our uncle is responsible for all the deaths that have been happening in Umuela village in the Ibagwa-Aka community.

“So, when we brought home what we saw, the entire village decided that he be banished from our community.”


Dr. Eze Ezeagu, the community’s traditional leader, could not be reached for comment.


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