Okija Community in Ihiala local government area has involved the fifteen deities led by Ulasi and Ogwugwu to engage the unknown gunmen and ritualists in a spiritual warfare to stem incidents of ritual killings, kidnapping and raping of village women in the area.
This is coming as four suspected native doctors allegedly involved in ritual killings and kidnapping fled the town for fear of incurring the wrath of the deities.
It was gathered that twenty four hours after the unknown gunmen were engaged in a gun battle with the Anambra state Joint Task Force on Security at Ihiala town which led to the killing of six bandits and arrest of three suspects their native doctors took flight to the neighboring Okija town.
Okija town is one of the communities affected by the activities of the unknown gunmen in Anambra South Senatorial District since last year and the town had in the last three months been at war against the suspected gunmen.
The villagers carried out what was called spiritual cleansing and laying of courses on any person or group of persons that would from now be involved in such deadly act.
The consequences for being involved in such criminal acts would be the agony of slow and painful death once it has been confirmed by the deities and found to be guilty.
According to the Chief Priest Ozo Calistus Ahize Onatara Dike Mma spiritual head of Ezi- Odinamma Okija who spoke to this reporter;
“All the deities in Okija about fifteen of them led by Ulasi and the Ogwugwu Akpu, Ogwugwu Isiula, Ogwugwu Abogu , Ogwugwu Miri and the rest have been invoked to fight against kidnapping and ritual killings by the unknown gunmen.
We have been fighting them and they know that Okija has never been comfortable for them and these people are not from Okija; they came to our community to cause trouble and we have given them a good run for their money.
Some of them who claim that they are real native doctors have ran away and there are some that felt that nothing would happen but today they have become history because the deities have carried the war to them and more heads would certainly roll in Okija even if there are natives from our town who are involved in this act of criminality’ he said.
He noted that Okija town had two traditional Ozo groups which include his own group and the other that is described as Ozo born again who joined hands in carrying out the spiritual activity in the area.
By Okechukwu Maduforo
Daily News Reporters