Shock as Benue youths bury two elders alive over alleged witchcraft


Youths in Ikyve community in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State have reportedly buried two persons alive for allegedly practising witchcraft.

The victims according to witnesses were buried alive following a thunderstrike that killed one of the villagers identified as Henry Ihwakaa, his wife and his two-week-old child.

Thunder had struck in the area killing Henry, his wife and their infant. The incident triggered suspicion that two elderly persons, Ihwakaa (Henry’s father) and his alleged collaborator, were wizards.

It was learnt that youths, at the weekend, mobilised and attacked Ihwakaa and his alleged collaborator and buried them alive in a shallow grave.

Benue State Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the unfortunate incident to newsmen.

Contrary to reports, however, the PPRO only confirmed the killing of one elder, stating that two suspects are already in police net.

According to her: “The elderly man was buried alive because it was being alleged that a young man, his wife and two-month-old child died from lightning.

“It was alleged that it was the man doing witchcraft that brought the lightning. They went and buried him alive and he died. Police are investigating; we have arrested two people already.”

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