The peaceful community of Ekwoma, in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State at the weekend experienced an unbelievable shock following the confessional statement of some persons from the village that they were responsible for the calamities befalling the area.
Ika Weekly reliably gathered that the open confession started penultimate weekend with a young boy (name withheld) in one of the Pentecostal churches called National Holy Ghost Church, Ekwuoma, who told the dumbfounded congregation that he is a member of witchcraft cult and that his gang has wreaked much havoc in the host community. Ika weekly learnt that the boy allegedly confessed to the killing of five persons who died mysteriously during the community?s recent Oganigwe festival with his witchcraft society, as he was reported to have told the community elders that the deceaseds were spiritually manipulated.
Besides, it was also gathered that the alleged witches confessed to have been working spiritually against the unity, progress and development of Ekwuoma land, and he also claimed some persons have been rendered useless while others have been maimed.
It was alleged that the young boy stated the confession in the church before other members of his society were mentioned by him. He admitted to the diabolical activities, and that said his decision to reveal their secret activities in the coven was informed not only by the prayers but also with the recent maltreatment meted out to him by his seniors in the coven on his refusal to cause a ghastly motor accident along Umunede/Ekwuoma express way.
For the moment, over 5 persons have been mentioned, among whom are young ladies, old women, and men as exposed as members by the boy. Although some have admitted to the act and appealed to the community for spiritual cleansing, others who were mentioned by the boy in his confessional statement are yet to admit to the alleged demonic acts as they told Ekwuoma elders that they were not witches and were ignorant of the whole bizarre act while a few others are now at large.
When our correspondent visited the community Thursday, the elders were still handling the matter as the young boy who had confessed has been interrogating the suspects who denied one after the other. He also told the elders their methods of operation.
About five pastors led the accused witches and some community elders to the secret place where the witches claimed they buried their instruments of attack. Although it rained cat and dog but 80 percent of the community members defied the downpour to be present at the venue of the confessional statements.