Masquerade kills girl,16 in Delta


The festive mood in Ogriagbene community, Bomadi Council Area of  Delta State has turned sorrow with the alleged killing of  a 16-year-old girl, Gerdrude Eboborou by a masquerade. The masquerade, popularly called ‘Ogborigbo’ was alleged to have hauled a club, which hit the girl on the head killing her few hours after the incident.

 An eyewitness said the masquerade, on that same day used a fishing spear to attack a boy, who was in a festive mood, adding that the boy was later rushed to a private clinic for surgery.
 The source, who pleaded anonymity said,  trouble started around 5pm when the deceased was having fun with her friends at the passage leading to her father’s house, when suddenly the dangerously armed masquerade appeared and started chasing her friends.

 Continuing, he said when the masquerade could not  get  hold of any of the girls, who were ran toward the direction of the deceased’s home, the masquerade threw a club at them, which landed on Gertrudes head. immediately, she fell into coma.

 He said sympathizers rushed her to the hospital but she died.
 A medical source said her spinal cord was severely damaged, leading to serious internal bleeding.The news of her death brought the festival to an abrupt end.

 The corpse,  according to the sources, was abandoned at the resident of the community chairman since it was he that approved the Ogborigbo Festival.the corpse was later  moved to the mogue of General Hospital Bomadi, he said.
 A senior Police source  from the Bomadi Police Division, who spoke with our  correspondent could not confirm the incident, saying  the report was yet to reach the police.
 From KOFA KINGS, Ughelli
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