Students and management of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo State have been warned of dire consequences of killing an ancestral python belonging to indigenes of the capital city.
The Chief Priest of Owere (Onye Isi Ala), Reginald Ejiogu gave the warning on Monday, July 19 when he visited the college.
It was gathered that the chief priest visited with ‘Omu’(yellowish palm frond) which in Owerre cosmology signals danger is lurking around the college.
Our correspondent gathered that students of the institution had killed the gigantic python, an act considered a sacrilege, within the norms and tradition of Owerre.
The Chief Priest emphasized on the need for cleansing, to avert occurrence of strange incidents over the killing of the ancestral python, Eke Nworie.
In a letter to the management of Alvan, the Chief Priest, demanded that “the College management must appear before him (the Chief Priest) for cleansing upon receipt of the notice on or before seven days”.
He noted that the killing of the python “is a sacrilege and violation of our culture more especially in this time of our festival season which is our week of peace”.
A similar incident had occurred between 1979-1980 during the construction of Wetheral/Christ Church Road, Owerri, when some foreign contractors killed the “Eke Ala Owere” python, the progenitor of the “Eke Nworie” python killed by students of Alvan.
An aide of the Chief Priest said; “When the foreign contractors killed the Eke Ala Owerre python, strange things began to occur. There were mysterious deaths among the contractors. There was breakdown of their machines.
“At a stage, they abandoned the road project, until they were cleansed by the then Chief Priest of Owerre, (Onye Ishi Ala Owerre), Late Eke Igwe Nwoduo Ejiogu
“The management of ALVAN think 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 desecrated. And it must be cleansed immediately.
“You do not kill 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”.