Pandemonium broke out on Monday evening in Onyikwa Nkaleke, Ozibo community in Ebonyi local government area of Ebonyi state as a 35 years old man Simon Ugbala, on Monday went berserk killing his wife, two children and four others.
He also injured four others who are currently at Accident and Emergency Unit of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki(FETHA). Their condition is said to be critical.
Ugbala, who is believed to be mentally imbalanced, had attacked several people with a machete before youths of the area went after him and he ran into the bush.
Spokesman of the Police, Loveth Odah confirmed the incident.
She said the police have launched a manhunt for the man.
“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”
“You are talking about disorganizing the community, yes! When seven persons are already dead and two others are in critical condition, what do you expect? Police are there and since yesterday morning they have been there. The youths of the community are also helping the police to ensure that this person is arrested”, she said.