Cosmas Nwaiwu must have woken up on November 29 with no inkling of what the day had in store for him.

The 57 year-old head teacher of Obolo Primary School, Ehime Mbano in Imo State, however did not live to see the end of the day as he was burnt to death by irate youths.

It was gathered that Nwaiwu was murdered on the allegation that he was “diabolically diverting the destiny” of three members of his extended family.

It was also gathered that a relation also accused him of being responsible for the death of her husband.

Sequel to these accusations, the youths of the area allegedly mobilised one another and besieged his house, murdered Nwaiwu and then burned his body.

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Though Nwaiwu’s wife, Mary, could not talk when contacted on phone, a close family source told our correspondent that Nwaiwu was killed as result of envy by his relations who felt he had made progress in life ahead of them.

“He was not diabolical at all. As a teacher who was nearing the retirement age, he managed to build a bungalow of four rooms. But his relations, who neither went to school nor learnt a trade, cooked up the story that he was the one bewitching them.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident.

Enwerem said, “We have arrested three suspects, including the President General of the community, Mr. Nnanna Okonkwo, in connection with the incident and thorough investigations are in progress.”


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