A mentally ill man, Chigozie Orusa, has been set ablaze for allegedly hacked two people to death and injured six others in the Oru-East Local Government Area of Imo State.
Already, the State Police Command says it has launched a manhunt for members of the mob, who set ablaze a mentally Orusa ablaze.
It was gathered that Orusa, who was a trader, had developed a mental illness and some good Samaritans, who saw him misbehaving, took him to his parents’ house, where he was being treated.
According to a source, Orusa’s condition improved while receiving treatment at home, but all of a sudden, he suffered a relapse and started threatening to attack people.
“Everyone thought that his condition had improved until he started shouting that he wanted to kill somebody. Everyone around him had to run, but he took a machete, attacked and killed some people,” the source said.
PUNCH reports that Orusa attacked residents of both Nempi and Akatta communities.
However, an online commentator wrote on Instablog9ja that Orusa’s family abandoned him by refusing to get medical help.
According to the post, Orusa’s condition worsened and he allegedly attacked and killed nine people, including his grandfather and the grandfather’s third wife as well as five of his cousins and two neighbours.
Youths, who were angered by the incident, were alleged to have descended on Orusa and burned him alive.
The post read in part, “A mentally ill boy, identified as Chigozie Orusa, has been subjected to jungle justice after killing nine people in Nempi, Imo State.
“Orusa suddenly developed mental illness and was returned to his family for adequate attention. However, his family members didn’t get him any medical help despite his worsening condition.
“In the early hours of December 8, 2019, Orusa went wild and machete nine people to death.
“He was later overpowered by the youth of the community and set ablaze.”
However, while reacting to the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeoku, said Orusa killed two persons and injured six others before the angry mob killed him and set his corpse ablaze.
He stated that the command had launched a manhunt for the killer mob.
Ikeoku said, “I just confirmed that two persons were killed and not nine. Six persons were also injured and have been treated. The injured victims are now fine.
“What happened was that the boy was mentally ill and was brought back home for treatment. After treatment, everybody believed that he was fine, unfortunately, his illness relapsed. So, on that day, he picked up a machete and started shouting that he would kill somebody. Those who knew him to be mentally unstable ran away, while others thought he was joking.
“He later went into town and met an old security guard, who had just closed from night duty in the Nempi community, and killed him. He later went to the Akatta community, attacked and injured some people, and killed a little girl in the process. Afterwards, he ran away to hide somewhere and the youth, who had been looking for him, fished him out, killed him and burnt his corpse.
“We have commenced an investigation into the matter and launched a manhunt to fish out those who perpetrated the act.