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Man dies testing charm (Okigbe) in Ekiti

By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti

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Emure Ekiti, headquarters of Emure local government area of Ekiti State has been thrown into mourning, following the death of a 38-year-old man, Sunday Joseph, who was allegedly killed by his close friend said to be a herbalist .

     The Hope Metro gathered from a reliable source in the community that the deceased, an indigene of Ihima, Kogi State and a farmer in the community, had approached his friend, one Joseph Kantala, to do a charm for cutlass resistance popularly called, ‘Okigbe’ in local parlance for him.

The source added that the herbalist,  Kantala, a 35-year-old man, and an indigene of Plateau State was the deceased’s co-worker at Adeboye farm settlement, a farmstead located along Eporo-Ekiti in Emure local government area of the state.

Drama ensued when the duo were testing the charm for cutlass resistance and it failed leading to the death of the victim. The incident later attracted other residents of the community to the scene.

According to findings by Ekiti Amotekun Corps, “ The duo were testing a native cutlass resistance charm called  ‘Okigbe’.

“During the testing time, the cutlass chopped off the hand of his friend, Kantala, as the charm failed. Sunday’s hand was cut off from the body and he bled to death as there was no immediate medical attention.

When contacted, the Commandant of Amotekun Corps, Ekiti State, Brigadier General Olu Adewa (Rtd), confirmed the  incident.

He said the herbalist has been invited and currently in the custody of the corps for further investigation.

Adewa said the suspect would be handed over to the police as soon as investigation is completed on the matter.

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