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Insane man kills wife, children, others in Ebonyi

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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 deranged, had attacked several people with a machete before youths of the area went after him and he ran into the bush.

Ebonyi State police spokesperson, Loveth Odah confirmed the incident. She said the police have launched a manhunt for the man.

“On January 21, 2019 at about 2.pm, a councilor 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’s business. When one person is suspected to be insane, the community should come together and render help by taking him to a psychiatric hospital. It is a place where suspected insane persons are treated”, she said.


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