Human Sacrifice, Africa
Human sacrifice has been practiced in various African cultures throughout history.
About Evil Forest Human Sacrifice Ritual Murders, Ritual murders or greed
Southern Nigeria’s Igbo ethnic group inhabits the remote villages of Umuhu and Ubahu-Ezike in Okija where police say they are investigating alleged ritual murders, while the shrine’s priests insist that their Gods killed the people. The question remains if Okija Village ritual murders are the Gods of the evil forests punishment or religious greed.
Evil Forest Ritual Murders
|Murder for money in the forests of Nigeria|
The police say they are investigating alleged human sacrifice ritual murders, while the shrine’s priests insist that ancient gods killed the people in the woods. “We don’t kill. The God kills. We settle disputes between parties. But the shrine will kill the guilty if he swears falsely,” insisted the chief priest at one of the shrines, the elderly Orjiewulu Okolie. The God’s chief priest role was to listen to complaints from people who come to report how they were oppressed and dispossessed of their land and other property by the wealthy.
|Corpse on the road in the Evil Forest|
Ogwugwu priests by virtue of their place of birth, decided to exploit the shrines, and turned them into money making schemes using the Ogwugwu God. They introduced a register of those that visit Ogwugwu 30 shrines and thereafter, began to charge money to those who use the shrines. As the Ogwugwu village shines became more popular, the priests engaged the services of commercial motorcycle operators. The Okada riders used the famous Okija junction, a landmark stopping point for local travelers as their base of operation.
The Okada riders would volunteer to take anybody visiting the shrine however, it was the rider's job to convince the visitor their priest was the most powerful. That was why the commercial motorcycle operators would do anything possible to ensure that they were the ones to carry first time visitors to a priest of the Ogwugwu God shrine as he is also assured of a commission from the amount paid by the visitor. It was not clear at what point the operators of the shrine began to demand for the corpses of those allegedly killed by the Ogwugwu God.
|Some Igbo people approach deities |
through spirits in the form of objects
Over 30 priests of the different shrines of Ogwugwu God were arrested and would be prosecuted for the so-called ritual killings. Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun stated, “Sections 207 and 208 of the criminal code are against the possession of dead bodies and section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is against being members of secret cults.”