A school headmaster, Cosmas Nwaiwu, has been lynched and set ablaze by angry youths from Nneoche Umuoma Nzerem in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State on the unreasonable and unsubstantiated accusation that he was diabolically manipulating the destiny of three members of his extended family.
The 57-year-old, who was reportedly killed last week Wednesday, was the Head Teacher of Obolo Primary School, Ehime Mbano.
Southern City News reported that the victim’s body was said to have been set ablaze after he was allegedly lynched by the youths from the community.
According to the report an unnamed widow in the community was also said to have accused the deceased of being responsible for her husband’s death.
It is gathered that, based on that, the President General of the community, Nnanna Okonkwo, mobilised the youths of the area, who besieged Nwaiwu’s house, killed the headmaster and set his corpse on fire.
However, a community source close to the family of the deceased has said that Nwaiwu was killed as result of envy by his close relations, who felt that he was making more progress in life than them.
The source told the Punch, “He was not into any diabolical (act) at all. As a teacher, who was nearing retirement, he managed to build a bungalow of four rooms for his immediate family over the years that he was in service.
“But these nephews of his, who did not go to school, did not learn a trade and are not into any business, cooked up the story that he was the one bewitching them,” the family source added.
Imo state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident.
“We have arrested three suspects, including Okonkwo, in connection with the incident and a thorough investigation is in progress.”