Man banished from community over deaths in his family

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A man identified as Uwakwe Ugwuanyi has been banished for life from Umuela village, Ibagwa-Aka community in Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State after he was accused of being responsible for many d£aths in his family.

On Tuesday, January 3, 2022, the villagers who sang mourning songs carried palm fronds and a mock coffin to the doorstep of Uwakwe.

They alleged that within the last two years, no fewer than five youths had died in his family.

One Bright King, in Facebook posts, claimed that the man killed five of his brother’s children.

A village source said that when people died in the family, the suspect always volunteered to go to the diviners for fact-finding.

Upon his return, the source continued, he would always inform the villagers that his late elder brother was responsible for the d£aths.

But, things seemed to have gotten out of hand when another youth died in the family during the last Yuletide season.

The development forced the village youths to go to another diviner to know the cause of the deaths.

A family member, who preferred 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, Mr Uwakwe will say he will do that for us,”

“When he comes back from the search, he will tell you that his late brother, who is his elder brother is 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.

“But the last one happened, and the youths are irate about his death. We decided to go and look for a solution together, which we did. 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 d£ath that has been happening in Umuela village in the Ibagwa-Aka community,”

“So, when we brought home what we saw, the entire village decided to ban him from our community.”