Female Herbalist Banished from Community

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By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya

A female herbalist, Mrs. Ngozi Onwe, an indigene of Odoabor Ogodoakpu Ngbo and resident of Onuebonyi Inyimagu, Izzi alleged to have carried out suspected dangerous sacrifice at Ogbuanyanwu River capable of causing mayhem in the area had been driven away on Tuesday afternoon 14th May 2019 by the people of her host community in Abakaliki LGA.

Narrating the incidence, a stakeholder who pleaded anonymity told Citizens’ Advocate that the people’s action was prompted by the need to forestall possible future calamity of losing human life through drowning, a scenario always experienced at the area each time such alleged unpleasant sacrifice is made.

He said that on the fateful day, the woman’s client in the person of Mr. Osondu Nwede, an okada rider who headed to a deserted section of the river alongside a seven year old girl in a lonely hour with some sacrificial items which include new cutlass, bottle containing animal blood, walking stick, a fathom of wrapper and other articles normally used for burials was intercepted in the process by some farmers.

He disclosed that it was the presence of the two persons at such off area mostly the involvement of the little girl, Miss. Favour Ata in such alleged unpleasant activity that aroused that curiosity of the farmers who then interrupted the act and in the process, found out that all the items which were contained in the man’s basin, traditionally pose danger to the entire community coupled with involvement of the little girl, Miss. Favour Ata, Primary 3 pupil and indigene of Amachi in the activity which he said made the situation more suspicious.

According to him, upon the discovery, the duo mentioned were brought before the villagers and after deliberations by the people in collaboration with their past ugly experiences over similar acts, the woman instantly was sent out of the area together with her co-horts.

“Ordinarily, it is rare for one to get drowned in Onuebonyi River commonly called Ogbuanyanwu, when nasty sacrifices have not been made. This is the reason why after, the farmers had seen the items and the possibility of causing problems in the area, they then stopped the net half way and arrested all the people involved.”

“It is based on this that the woman was sent packing in our village to enable us know peace in this forthcoming rainy period” he explained.

Comrade Ugo Nweze, village head of the area corroborated the information and advised anyone with gift should use it in accordance with the will of God while sounding note of warning that his village would never serve as a haven to unscrupulous elements.

“Experiences had shown that such sacrifice on stimulate the river to anger and once that is noticed, it is usually result to catastrophe” he said

We gathered that the woman’s customer, Mr. Nwede went so that he will be exorcised of the spirit behind his eating and having sex in the dream.

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