Tragedy greet the resident of Ifelemenu village, Ekpeomaka community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State as a 23-year-old man went berserk and struck his father with a machete, killing him in the process.
The man who was identified as Julius Nwigboaka, witnesses said killed his father Chief Nwode, and sister.
The suspect also inflicted grave machete cuts on six other residents of the area before he was allegedly gunned down by the husband of one of the victims.
The incident which took place on Sunday afternoon sent shockwaves among the residents as they ran helter-skelter, scampering for safety. Some persons in the course of seeking refuge reportedly sustained varying degrees of injuries.
A resident of the area who gave his name simply as Ekoyo said that the suspect who had allegedly taken hard drugs before the incident had misunderstanding with his father before he killed him.
“When he was attacking his father with machete, Julius’ sister came out and asked him why he was attacking their father and he descended on her, struck her with the machete and killed her.
“Some neighbours who saw what happened came to the scene. Julius attacked about six of them with the machete. As he was leaving the area wielding the machete, a man called Peter whose wife was among those the assailant had dealt with, went inside his house, brought his gun and shot him and he died instantly”, Ekoyo alleged.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Loveth Odah, said contrary to the accounts by the villagers, the boy killed himself with his machete.
“The boy is suspected to be a religious fanatic and insane but I am not sure that the insanity aspect of it was confirmed by a doctor. He was said to be burning incense and candles in the night”, she added.
Meanwhile, the corpses of the victims have been deposited at Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) while the injured are currently receiving treatment at undisclosed hospital in the state. ENDS