Witchcraft allegation: Community leader commits suicide, state police to summon members for questioning

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The state Police Command says it would summon members of the community for questioning, in the incident following the death of the Onotu-Uku of Umuahi-Ogo community, Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Delta State, Chief Joseph Onyemali, who allegedly committed suicide over allegation of witchcraft levelled against him.

High ranking chief Onyemali, said to be next in hierarchy to the traditional ruler of the community, committed suicide on December 21th after one of his daughters’-in-law accused him of witchcraft.

According to source in the community, "a prophetess had prophesied to the daughter-in-law that he was responsible for all the misfortunes befalling the family, after which the rumour began to spread into the community, the man out of the shame, drank a liquid chemical substance and died.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, while reacting to the incident, said: "It happened, but nobody in the community finds it necessary to report it to the police.

The police want to summon them to explain what really happened, to ensure that there was no foul play.