Pandemonium rocked the famous Effurun market at the weekend as a juju priest allegedly pounced on an unidentified man and butchered him with sharp objects.
Investigation revealed that the victim, who was not aware of the presence of the juju priest got what he did not bargain for when the assailant, who was apparently angry that the man failed to run when others took to their heels, dealt him several machete cuts all over his body.
It was gathered that the victim had gone to the market to purchase some food items, but unknown to him the priest and other worshippers were coming to the area.
Consequently, traders and buyers took to their heels, abandoning their goods while the victim writhed in pains.
Sources told Daily Sun that the victim was later rushed to a nearby hospital where medical personnel were battling to save his life. The majority of witnesses blamed the man for allegedly being stubborn.
“The man saw us running and paving way immediately we sighted the juju priest and other devotees, but he refused to do likewise.
“This annoyed the priest, who descended on him,” said a young woman, who refused to disclose her name.
Meanwhile, peace has returned to the market, described as the largest in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.