Enugu villagers set man’s houses ablaze for killing teenager


Angry youths in Ikem Ogor community in Isi-Uzo council area of Enugu State have set ablaze houses belonging to the family of one Lawrence Ezeoha popularly known as ‘Oshionwu’ for allegedly killing a mentally deranged teenager.

The 70 year-old Oshionwu, was said to have shot dead the mentally deranged 19 year-old boy identified as Ifeanyi and popularly known as ‘Agudo’ on Wednesday for accusing him of being responsible for his mental ill health.

The deceased according to village sources, was said to be riding commercial motorcycle otherwise known as (Okada) before his mental illness started few months ago.

It was learned that trouble started when Agudo allegedly strayed into Ezeoha’s compound Wednesday morning and refused to leave the compound.

Angered by the deceased refusal to leave his compound, Oshionwu, who the deceased had constantly accused of being responsible for his mental illness, went inside his house, took his dane gun and shot him on the chest.

One of the villagers told our correspondent, “Some boys took him to Ikem General Hospital but on arrival to the hospital, he was pronounced dead by doctors on duty.

“This development angered the youths of the community and they quickly mobilized themselves, went and razed down houses belonging to him and that of his son.

“So the youths wanted to kill the man too but he quickly rushed to the police before they arrived. Left with no other choice, they destroyed everything in his house and set it ablaze. They also went and set ablaze the house his son newly constructed.”

When contacted on telephone phone, the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe said he had not been briefed about the incident.

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