A 35-year-old man identified as Simon Ugbala, believed to be mentally unstable, killed his wife, two children and four other persons in Ebonyi state on Monday evening January 21st.
According to reports, Ugbala went on a rampage in the afternoon, using matchetes to inflict deep cuts on anyone he saw. In the wake of his attack, his wife, two children and four others were recorded dead while four others with serious injuries were rushed to the Accident and Emergency Unit of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) where they are currently receiving medical attention.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, Loveth Odah, said Ugbala is currently on the run.
“On 21st January 2019 at about 2pm, a councillor from Ebonyi local government representing Onyikwa ward, Mr. Friday Nwigube came to Kpirikpiri police station and reported that one Ugbala Simon of about 35 years suspected to be insane man went about inflicting machete cuts on people.
“A combined team of detective rushed to the village where they found several persons with deep machete cuts. They were rushed to Teaching Hospital Abakaliki where seven of the victims were confirmed dead by a medical Doctor. Four others are still receiving treatment but on critical condition. Police detective and youths of the community are presently looking for the man.
“Insane person is no more one person business. When one person is suspected to be insane, the community should come together and take the person away to the community. I think they have a place to stay which is a Psychiatric hospital. It is a place where a suspected insane person is treated” she said
Meanwhile the remains of the deceased have been deposited at the state Mortuary.
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