Masquerade Beats Pregnant Woman To Stupor reports that an eight months pregnant woman Mrs Oluebube Obiaghara is currently receiving treatment at Adaugo Specialist Hospital Umuohama Ukpor, Nnewi South local government area of Anambra state after been manhandled by a masquerade (Mmanwu Ozoebune) while returning from market. 

Recounting her ordeal in the hands of the masquerade,Mrs Obiaghara noted that she was returning from market around 7.00pm while the masquerade accosted her. “There was this burial that was going on with lots of masquerade in attendance and because the place is closer to the market I had to pass through the place to get to my house after closing  my shop around 6.00pm and had to wait for extra one hour for the masquerades to dismiss before going home.

"Unknown to me there was still one left. I did not see the masquerade initially as it was getting dark but when I saw it, I had to run and hide at the back of a man which ordinarily the masquerade should have retreated but rather it left that man and starting pursuing me with its big stick

"I ran into a nearby house but the masquerade pursued me into that house as I was entering the house I fell down on my stomach and the masquerade came over me. The last thing I could recall was the masquerade flogging me on my big tummy before I fainted. The next thing was that I found myself on this hospital bed.” She recalled.

The 29 year old woman who has been hospitalized for five days revealed the bruises and wounds she sustained, noting that she has not been able to move her left leg because of the pains and injury she sustained and that all her belongings got missed, the food stuff she bought in the market were destroyed on the process.

She lamented that she did not know why the town should not curtail the activities of masquerade cult whom she noted target women especially the pregnant ones and young girl. “I taught masquerades do not display in the night but the different is the case here in Ukpor." She stressed.

The hospitalized victim however thanked God for saving her life and that of her baby in her belly which she pointed out is her first one.

Commenting on the incident the parish priest of St Mary’s Catholic Church Very Rev Fr Anthony Nwachukwu described the situation as very bad . Rev Fr Nwachukwu called on government to take urgent steps in order to curtain the activities of the cult which according to him, is becoming a menace to the society and to save guard lives and properties of the people.

When our reporter visited the Divisional Police Station at Ukpor, for police angle of the story, the DPO was said to have gone to Awka for briefing while spirited calls to the PPRO of Anambra state command were not answered.

Masquerade Beats Pregnant Woman To Stupor Masquerade Beats Pregnant Woman To Stupor Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Monday, March 12, 2018 Rating: 5

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