Two young men, Ebafor Abiye, 25, and Alex Benjamin, 36, died in the same hospital in Igarra, Edo State, on Tuesday in strange circumstances.
It was a suspected case of a’money ritual’ gone bad, according to an eyewitness who described the occurrence on Tuesday.
The source said, “Ebafor was with his aunty on Monday night drinking around 9 pm when he suddenly started shouting, ah! see money, plenty, money Alex you are a bad friend, a bad friend. He started behaving hysterically so they were trying to calm him down but he started vomiting blood and that is how he was rushed to the hospital. They got to the hospital at about 10 pm and as the doctor was doing preliminary checks, he started shouting Alex’s name in the hospital again so they wondered if it was the Alex he was mentioning that poisoned him.
“On the other hand, Alex was said to be in the middle of his own incantations when he called his wife who sells fruits by Afekhai Junction in Igarra and told her not to come home after the day’s sale. But his wife did not understand what her husband meant by that and went home after the sales only to meet her husband stretching and talking incoherently.
The source continued, “She called neighbours who helped rush him coincidentally to the same hospital where Ebafor was. At the hospital, the two men started behaving the same way and in less than five minutes, they both died.
It was gathered that when his wife went home to fetch a cloth to cover him that she saw fire and a coffin on the floor of their room. Also, when Ebafor’s room was searched, there were several charms scattered on the floor.
As at the time of filing this report, the police are said to have evacuated the corpses but that the Igarra community insisted that they remove the charms discovered in their houses.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of Edo State Police Command, Bello Kontongs said he was yet to get a full briefing of the incident.