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Baby Boy Fell Into Boiling Soup Pot After Owu Masquerade Chased Girl In Owerri

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An eye witness told Daily Sun that the 10-year-old girl, who also suffered severe
injuries, was fleeing from one of the “ Owu” masquerades that had chased her
in front of a house while carrying the deceased toddler and as she ran to the
back of the house, she stumbled and the toddler slipped from her hands and
fell into a pot of soup being prepared by a food vendor.
According to the witness, the masquerade, on realising the havoc caused, took
to his heels.
However, efforts to revive the baby proved abortive as the baby was
pronounced dead by a doctor, after some good Samaritans rushed him to a
nearby hospital.
When Daily Sun visited the scene, parents of the deceased baby were still in a
state of shock and refused to speak to the press as sympathisers besieged their
The Amakohia masquerade festival also known as “Owu” is the most dreaded
festival in Owerri West Council as it is characterised by display of charms,
constant flogging and harassment. Meanwhile, the festival, which normally lasts
a month, has been temporarily suspended as a result of the incident.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Andrew Enwerem
(DSP), said he had no details of the incident yet.

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