The fear of a notorious Deity known as ‘Ntoko’ in Ebenator community in Anambra state has caused well over 25 young Christian youths to flee to Europe and Asia, while several others fled to other African countries.
It was gathered that the need to flee from the highly fetish community became unavoidable when in March this year, the officiating Chief priest at the ‘Ntoko’ shrine, Chief Oliver Obiagazie declined to continue to serve the highly dreaded Deity because of what he termed “involvement of periodic sacrifice of human blood”.
Chief Obiagazie, who was said to have lost sense of satisfaction in serving a Deity that is evil in all its intents and purposes, ran into trouble with his community people for refusing to serve at the shrine which he had served for a period spanning over a decade.
The kinsmen of the High priest (Chief Obiagazie) threatened that he must either continue to serve the dreadful idol or replace himself with one of his sons.
Our correspondent gathered that it was at this juncture that Chief Obiagazie quietly prepared for his first son, Obiagazie Christian Chike to travel to Europe while other five members of the family travelled to Asia.
It was further learnt that since then, the community has been grossly rocked by uproar of unimaginable proportion, thereby making the pagans- dominated community to place a price tag of N200,000 on whoever could see the first son of the High priest, Obiagazie Christian Chike and his other male siblings with a view to kidnapping them, and force them to serve the blood sucking Deity.
Following stern pressures from the villagers, the Chief Priest and his wife whose children have since travelled out of the country to Europe and Asia respectively, were said to have mysteriously disappeared from the community, a development his kinsmen said, “Was a punishment from their gods for stopping mid-way to serve the Deity”.
It was also gathered that since the news of the disappearance of the Chief Priest and his wife filtered into the ears of their first, Obiagazie Christian Chike in Europe, life has been so devastating for the young boy.
Christian was said to have sometimes become unstable each time he remembers his parents’ disappearance from home, a regular phenomenon that made him to stop school in May, this year.
Christian is said to be constantly having mental torture arising from the agony tormenting his family, adding that sometime people misconstrue his many moments of hallucination as if he is mentally unstable.
The kinsmen of the promising young boy who spoke to our correspondent said the only way Christian can escape the raging wrath of the Deity and the intense anger of the community is if he can stay and live the rest of his life in Europe.
“The penalty for failing to serve the Deity at its shrine is outright death, and the community must kidnap him and his other brothers anywhere they are sighted in Nigeria”, said one of his kinsmen who gave his name as Chief Igwe Ezedimbu.
Christian who is currently staying in Europe is said to have strong aversion to worshiping idol in a 21st century, a strong influence that made his father to summon the courage to quit serving the fearful Deity.
He was also said to have strong passion for education, that being the reason he pressured his father to enable him travel to Europe to acquire Western education.
Efforts to speak to him proved abortive as his parents who could have provided his link in Europe have reportedly disappeared in a mysterious circumstance.
It could be recalled that since the emigration of Christian and 24 other youths to Europe and Asia, several other youths have fled from the community to other African countries, for fear of being indiscriminately conscripted into the pool of the Ntoko Deity worshippers.