There is apprehension in Ihiala town,
Anambra as a N500million mansion belonging to a late billionaire is
abandoned over his connection with the dreaded Okija shrine.
A visit to the village called Uzoakwa in
Ihiala town, the home of the late billionaire business mogul, who was
known as Chief Victor Okafor aka ‘King of Money’ (EZEGO), showed how his
N500m mansion had been deserted after his demise.
What is it with “mystery” money?
It was still a surprise to many in the
community that despite the expensive properties and valuables inside the
abandoned mansion, robbers have not burgled the place to steal any of
them because of the late Okafor’s rumoured issue with the dreaded Okija
Shrine which they claimed caused his death.
According to some of the indigenes,
there was a mystery behind the abandoned mansion comprising many houses
with expensive valuables kept inside which made robbers not to vandalise
or tamper with those items.
There were even no security in place as
the members of the immediate family including his wife and children have
not returned to the mansion since he died some years ago.
Exotic properties inside the mansion
such as golden chairs and tables, expensive fabrics, rugs, electronics,
electrical appliances, abandoned vehicles and others worth millions of
naira were said to have remained intact because robbers were avoiding
Checks on why robbers have refuse to
invade the place despite the fact that they would have made a fortune
there going by the reported high rate of crime in the area especially in
the immediate community.
Some of the residents explained that any
robber who broke into the mansion may be in serious danger over the
story that the Late Okafor had issue with the dreaded Okija shrine.
It was gathered then that Okafor might
have attracted the anger of the deity and died due to his failure to
come to the shrine to defend himself over a report by one of his kinsmen
who reportedly dragged him to the shrine over business transaction
which he alleged that Okafor had cheated him.
It could not be verified whether the shrine killed Okafor or not, despite the fact that some believed it happened.
However, it was gathered that if any
person died as a result of any issue or altercation with the deity in
Igbo land such like the Okija shrine, automatically all the properties
belonged to that shrine unless certain rituals were performed.
The late Okafor also known as ‘Udu
Bunch’ died in December 1999 after he had an accident around Okija town,
few kilometers to his village when he was returning for Christmas and
to celebrate his birthday.
His death came with controversies which
led to the collapse of his immediate family and business empire. His
wife, Nkechi reportedly abandoned the family and remarried.
The will ‘Ezego’ had prepared was not
read because the lawyer who prepared the will one Barrister Barnabas
Igwe was brutally murdered with his wife.