The relative of a deceased woman, Anthonia Aniemene, who allegedly died after being forced to drink a concoction by her husband’s relatives, has appealed to the state government to investigate the case.
It was gathered that Anthonia was married to one Elder Emma Aniemene and was forced to consume the concoction due to a dispute over her husband’s properties.
Raising an alarm following the widow’s death, the woman’s nephew, Agozie Ofuonye, wrote an open letter to Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano asking for justice.
The letter reads in parts:
“Late Mrs Anthonia Aniemene was married to late Elder Emma Aniemene in 1981 prior to that she came from Umejizu in Umuriabo Eziagulu Out Aguleri. Her husband is from Umunnoke Ivite Aguleri.
“Her husband late Emma Aniemene has a landed property along Idigo Road, Amaeze Aguleri with five buildings, one decked building and four bungalows, the said land was a gift that the late Igwe Aguleri gave to his father, as a reward for his service to him.
“That the late Elder Emma Aniemene has an Elder brother, from a different mother, whose name is late Mr John Aniemene who when their father died sold the said property throwing both Elder Emma and his mother out in homelessness
“That on the 2nd of January, I personally went to see Mrs Anthonia Aniemene who happens to be my Aunt and foster mother, she asked me to drop her off at Ivite Aguleri, that the Aniemene’s have put a meeting to reconcile the issue, only for her to get there one Mr Joe Aniemene, Chibuzor Aniemene, and Chukwudi Aniemene bundle her in a waiting vehicle to an unknown destination. They bought a juju priest, who mixed a substance and asked her to drink it, she refused, telling them that it is against her faith, meanwhile, they had already torn her clothes, her bra and undies and made her naked.
“They tortured her beat her and forced her to drink the concoction (attached are the photos and videos of what they did to her). Not taking into cognizance that she was under hypertensive and diabetic management, everything about her health took a downward turn from that moment till she died.”