Anambra Community banishes widow over daughter’s death

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Youths of Umueze Village in Uga, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, banished a widow accused of killing her daughter on Thursday.

The banishment followed the death of 20-year-old Miss Ogochukwu Ozoemena, who was said to have died the night before, bearing some gory wounds all over her body.

Her death made the village youths insist she would not be buried until they unravel the cause of her ‘mysterious’ death.

Eyewitnesses said charms, purportedly buried at different locations in the compound, were exhumed by the youths who accused the mother of the deceased of being responsible for her daughter’s death.

The locations of the charms were said to have been revealed by one, Mr Nonso Ozoemena, a brother to the deceased, who was said to be a prophet.

The eyewitnesses said the widow was later subjected to agonizing treatments by the villagers. She was compelled to hug, carry, lap, and almost kiss her daughter’s corpse, among other forms of jest they made of her.

The president general of the Uga town union, Romanus Umenze, condemned the banishment of the widow, promising to launch an investigation into the incident.

However, youths in Umueze town threatened to deal with Mr Umenze and almost attacked him when he visited the community on a fact-finding mission.

It was further gathered that President-General later visited the widow’s hometown in Ekwulobia to dissociate the town’s leadership from the banishment of their daughter.