An altercation has ensued between members of the Pentecostal
Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, and Umuoji community in Idemili North
Local Government Area of Anambra State over the killing of a snake in
the community by the General Overseer of the Mercy Throne Assembly, Umuoji,
Rev Jude Chubueze.
Rev Chibueze said a snake stormed his house at night when members of his family were already
sleeping. He said he heard his children screaming and rushed there to find a snake where his
children had been sleeping. “When I got to their room, I saw a big snake lying with them and I had to kill it and threw it into
the nearby bush. The following day, some community members marched to my house and
accused me of killing their god. They beat me up mercilessly. “They wrote a list of items amounting to N54,890 which they said I should buy to appease their
god. Being a Christian, I told them that it is against my faith and more over, I killed a snake and
not a human being.” One of the community leaders, Chief Paul Edekobi said, instead of the pastor doing what he
earlier agreed to do with the community by providing the items, he dragged them to Ogidi Police
Station where six of the community leaders were arrested. The Chief threatened that what he did was capable of wiping out his entire family if sacrifices
were not made to appease the gods. “We do not want to destroy his property and that is why we used the palm fronts to tie round the
church to stop him from worshipping there for now,” Edekobi said. But the pastor said: “What they are talking about is not tradition; they see the killing of a snake as
a taboo in their world of idol worshipping and not same in Christian faith “If they do not desist from this act, our next port of call will be the court for the enforcement of
our fundamental human rights.
Pls, Who will not kill a snake in the midst of his or her kids? Hia! Such foolish traditional should be abolished or they should tie their snake in their shrine.
What’s your take on this and how true is it?
People of Umuoji, let’s hear from u guys.