Saturday, January 16, 2021

Tension mounts in Delta communities over exhumed buried cripple by suspected ritualists

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By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Tension has continued to mount in Ekeruche and umudike quarters in Obiaruku, Ukwani Local Government Area of Delta State following the exhumed buried cripple with a hunchback by suspected ritualists in the area.

While residents of the areas feared that the situation portended evil activities and bad omen, one of the residents, Mr. Balogun Waisu Shanter who spoke to our correspondent said that they woke up in the early hours of Friday to discover that the body of the cripple with a hunchback buried a few months ago in the area, was exhumed with the coffin dumped by the roadside.

Sources said the deceased identified as Goddy Azuagholuoku, a bicycle repairer, was crippled with a hunchback and died sometime in October 2020 and was buried the same month amidst tears and sadness.

But Balogun Waisu Shanter speaking further said “Friday morning, the residents of his compound where he lived all his life, woke up to discover that his grave which was outside, close to the boundary between his compound and another was opened and the corpse removed. At the entrance of the compound leading to where the grave was, were signs of some spiritual sacrifices which shows some sign of oil poured on the ground and something pinned at the center but whatever that was pinned at the center is suspected to have also been removed by the culprits who carried out the evil”

Contacted, The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya confirmed the incident, saying that though no arrest had been made, adding, “We are working on investigation and we will come out with our findings. The corpse of the cripple hunchback was exhumed and we are investigating the incident with a view to ensuring the culprits are brought to book”

In another development, a suspected gang of armed robbers have killed the general overseer of a church in Warri, Delta State. The victim was identified as Kelven Orumor, he was allegedly shot dead at Edjeba quarters in Warri South Local Government Area of the state.

The victim before his untimely death, was the General overseer of Kingdom Advancement Christians’ worship Center ( KACC) located in Jeddo Community, Okpe Local Government Area of the state.

Sources said that the cleric had strayed into the midst of the hoodlums who were carrying out their nefarious activities at a neighborhood shopping complex when they ( Suspects) pounced on him and killed him.

It was gathered that the pastor was confirmed dead at a government hospital as DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya, Police Public Relations Officer in the state confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was ongoing as well.

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