A tragedy hit Amakohia Ubi community located in Owerri west LGA, Imo State, as a 5-month old baby was accidentally dropped into the pot with boiling soup.
Leadership reports with reference to an eye witness that the 10-year-old girl was running away from one of the “Owu” masquerades with the baby boy in her hands.
Chased to the house backyard, the girl suddenly realized the boy had slipped from her hands into the boiling liquid. Only then the masquerade reportedly stopped the pursuit.
Although the victims was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital by the locals, the doctors didn’t manage to revive the baby.
The correspondent later gathered that the deceased was the only child of the recently married parents.
According to Sun News, the infamous Amakohia Masquerade Festival, also referred to as “Owu”, is the most dreaded event in Owerri West Council, involving charms, flogging and harassment. Because of the incident the festival usually held for a month period has been temporarily suspended.