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The management of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, AIFCE, has been given a 7-day ultimatum by the Chief Priest of Owerri land, Reginald Ejiogu over allegations that students from the college killed Eke Nworie (python).
According to reports in Owerri, Ejiogu handed over the ultimatum to the college by himself on Monday.
He said among other things that the action of the students who killed the python was a sacrilege and violation of their culture.
He said, “The College management must appear before him (the Chief Priest) for cleansing upon receipt of the Notice on or before seven days. Is it sacrilege and violation of our culture more especially in this time of our festival season which is our week of peace.
“The management of ALVAN thinks this is a joke. This is a spiritual matter, and they seem not to understand the gravity of killing that ancestral python. The consequences are monumental, devastating because the land has been decreased. And it must be cleaned immediately.”
“You do not kill the Eke Nworie python. It is not done. It is a sacrilege with serious consequences that are just too terrible to mention. This is why the Chief Priest had to come here today (at Alvan) to put this ‘Omu’ which signifies danger ahead. No one should blame us if strange things begin to happen.
“Only the Chief Priest, no one else, is spiritually fit to do the cleansing and not anyone else.”