A serving school head teacher, Mr. Cosmas Nwaiwu, has been reportedly killed by irate youths from Nneoche Umuoma Nzerem in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
The 57-year-old, who was said to have been killed on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, was the Head Teacher of Obolo Primary School, Ehime Mbano.
The victim’s body was said to have been set ablaze after he was allegedly lynched by the youths from the community.
Southern City News gathered on Tuesday that the head teacher was lynched on the allegation that he was diabolically manipulating the destiny of three members of his extended family.
An unnamed widow in the community was also said to have accused the deceased of being responsible for her husband’s death.
A source told our correspondent that the President General of the community, Mr. Nnanna Okonkwo, mobilized the youths of the area, who besieged Nwaiwu’s house, killed the headmaster and set his corpse on fire.
Our correspondent, who phoned Nwaiwu’s wife, Mary, for comment, was told that the deceased’s wife was unwilling to talk at the moment.
A source close to the family of the deceased told our correspondent that Nwaiwu was killed as result of envy by his close relations, who felt that he was making more progress in life than them.
“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.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident.
Enwerem, a Superintendent of Police, said, “We have arrested three suspects, including Okonkwo, in connection with the incident and a thorough investigation is in progress.”