| A chief priest of Okonko Cult, Chief Emenike Umogariko has allegedly sacrificed a 200- level student of Political Science of the Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu at the altar of the cult in Umuopara village, Mkpa , Bende Local Government Area of Abia State. The victim, Ekenna Sunday Ugochukwu, had the left side of his face (including his ear) cutoff.|
The machete cut exposed the victim’s teeth. His friend, who took him to the hospital before he died, Iheanyichukwu Nwokoro, told Daily Sun said he had to tear his shirt and used it to tie the dangling part of the victim’s face to his head.“We later rushed him to Tochi Hospital, Uzuakoli, where doctors rejected him, saying that his case was beyond them and referred him to Federal Medical Hospital, Umuahia.
“But before we could take him to the Federal Medical Centre, he died.”
Two other victims, who were allegedly attacked by the chief priest, managed to escape with serious machete cuts and are now at the Intensive Care Unit of Federal Medical Centre,Umuahia. The incident took place in Umuopara, a village that has common boundary with Amediaba, in Mkpa, the home town of Prof. Obioma, an uncle of the deceased. Residents of the surrounding communities expressed disbelief that an incident of that nature could take place.