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 Ebonyi community banishes, burns down home of man accused of witchcraft

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PostSubject: Ebonyi community banishes, burns down home of man accused of witchcraft   2016-06-07, 16:04

The youth of Enwagba Enyigba community in Abakaliki local government area of Ebonyi state on Saturday razed the house of a 35-year old man in the area, Paul Nwafor, accusing him of using witchcraft to suppress their progress.

The youth, allegedly led by one Uche Oroke and Livinus Akpuru invaded Mr. Nwafor’s house and set it ablaze.

Also burnt were the man’s yam barns, tricycle, popularly known as KEKE, which was given to him by his friend, domestic animals and other valuables.

They equally banished him from the community.

Community members said the man’s home was invaded while he was away for the burial of one Chukwuma Mbam.

Narrating his ordeal, the victim said a group of boys stormed his home on the fateful night and accused him of money ritual and other fetish acts and threatened to deal with him.

He disclosed that he was ostracized from the village and banished from visiting or transacting any business with anyone or group in the local market.

He alleged that the villagers threatened to kill him if they sight him around the community and that his farmlands had been shared among members of the community.

Mr. Nwafor called on the state government and human right groups to come to his aid.

The traditional ruler of the community, Michael Mbam, who confirmed the incident said Mr. Nwafor and some members of the community had little misunderstanding.

He however condemned the action of the youths, describing it as wicked and barbaric.
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