New cult member tortured to death during initiation in Ebonyi

The Ebonyi State Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, July 28, remanded a 32-year-old man identified as Nwali Kingsley in prison for allegedly beating one Nwafor Johnson to death during a cult initiation ceremony alongside others now at large.

However, it was reported that Johnson who was beaten with sticks and machetes died and was thrown into the river following the initiation ceremony which took place at Ekeugwu-Azuinyaba Secondary School, Azuinyaba, in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state on July 10, while another victim identified as Ugbala ran away from the initiation ground.

The suspect who was not represented in court was indicted on four counts of murder, conspiracy, cultism, and unlawful possession of firearms. He begged for mercy, alleging that he was persuaded into the act by his friends.

Furthermore, Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Nnenna Onuoha who presided over the case stressed that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter before directing that the case file be transferred to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. She thereafter adjourned the case till Friday, August 7, 2020.

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