NAIJ.com gathered that a group of five men were arrested for attending the burial service of a man they allegedly killed over a land dispute in Enugu state.
According to reports, five men were arrested in Nkpologwu town, Uzo-Uwani local government area, Enugu state, over the death of a villager identified as Thomas Ezeugwu.
The men had allegedly planted 'juju' on a parcel of land they had been quarreling over, in retaliation, after the man had reportedly sold 20 plots of land without their consent.
The five men identified as Okolo Nicholas, Peter and Augustine Ezeugwu, Obu Madubuike and Okafor Okoye, were arrested after the burial, after three of them confessed to securing the juju that killed the deceased.
According to a statement released by the Enugu state command spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, the deceased had slumped and died in the morning of October 6. He continued:
“Following his death, the deceased corpse was brought to his home town Nkpologwu in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area for burial formalities. As if the spirit of the deceased was hunting his alleged killers, it was gathered that as the mourning was going on, one Okolo Nicholas, Peter Ezugwu and Augustine Ezeugwu all from the same town but resident in Onitsha, Anambra, started confessing.
"The three persons, who came for burial ceremony of the deceased, allegedly called the villagers and told them how they conspired and brought Juju from Omor Town of Anambra which was invoked into their disputed land.
"They said that they took the action since the deceased sold 20 plots of the communal land without their consent."
He continued, saying the police stepped in to "investigate the invocation of Juju and trial by ordeal to wit-murder against the suspects, Peter Ezeugwu, Nicholas Oko and Augustine Ezeugwu.
"The three suspects during further investigations revealed how they conspired and went to Omor Town and invoked Juju on the said land, on the ground that whoever enters the land will die. They submitted that the deceased may have entered the land, hence his sudden death.
"Following their official revelations, the two native doctors involved in the invocation of the juju and trial by ordeal, who gave their names as Obu Madubuike and Okafor Okoye, all from Omor town, were arrested.
"The native doctors confirmed that they were met by the three suspects for invocation of juju and that it was targeted at whoever that would enter the said land."
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