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Ebonyi youths set kinsman’s house, valuables ablaze over prophecy by Christian cleric

Trouble erupted in the community on Thursday when the youths allegedly set ablaze the house of their kinsman, John Ekpono.

• June 14, 2024
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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Ebonyi has waded into the crisis of gross human rights abuse in Agharoza, Iboko community in the Izzi Local Government Area.

Trouble erupted in the community on Thursday when the youths allegedly set ablaze the house of their kinsman, John Ekpono.

The action followed a spiritual revelation by a clergyman, commonly known in the area as “Ubadimma”, who was in the community for a three-day crusade.

During the crusade, the cleric had revealed that Mr Ekpono was responsible for the community’s backwardness and other calamities befalling the area.

Convinced by the revelation, the youths went on a rampage and burned down Mr Okpono’s house and other valuables, accusing him of being evil.

In an interview with journalists, the state coordinator of NHRC, Christopher Okorie, reacted to the development and expressed concern that people could be barbaric because of superstition.

Mr Okorie frowned at the practice where people relied on unfounded revelations and superstitions to witch-hunt innocent citizens in society.

He described such acts as unlawful and urged members of the society to desist from them.

“The people should stop taking the law into their hands. They should always report any serious concerns to the police, who are trained to handle such issues professionally.

“We have met with the victim’s family, and NHRC, in collaboration with some human rights-based civil society organisations in the state, have swung into action to investigate the case,” Mr Okorie said.

He said that the commission was committed to ensuring that justice was done in the matter.


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