- A 94-year-old traditional priest has been arrested by the police in Anambra state
- The priest, Anazo Ilomuanya, was accused of laying curse on alleged perpetrators of violence in the state
- He was said to have been hired by a group of youths attempting to end killings affecting Ozubulu town
The police in Anambra have arrested a 94-year-old traditional priest, Anazo Ilomuanya, after cursing the alleged perpetrators of violence in the state.
According to BBC, the police stated that the traditional priest was hired by a group of youths attempting to end killings affecting Ozubulu town.
NAIJ.com gathers that the spokesperson for the police in the state, Haruna Muhammed, said Ilomuanya was arrested by the police after the people complained.
Recall that at least 11 people were killed in the state in 2017 in a conflict thought to be between rival drug gangs.
According to the police, the shooting was the result of a feud between Nigerians from Ozubulu who were living abroad. They said the violence could be linked to drug-trafficking.
The police spokesperson said: "The youths of the town, under the name of Concerned Indigenous People of Ozubulu in seeking a means to end the killings, consulted the traditional priest to lay curses on the people involved."
According to him, others in the town were unhappy and reported the priest and the youths to the police. Those apprehended by the police are due to appear in court.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that residents of Ozubulu community where a gunman killed scores of worshippers at the St Philip’s Catholic Church expressed fears that opposing gangs might retaliate over the killing of their relatives.
An indigene of the community, Calistus Ndukamma, who lived close to the church premises where the shooting occurred, said residents of the community were still in shock and had been living in fear following the attack.
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