By Ikechukwu Odu, Nsukka
It was an unusual weekend in Mkporogwu, Iheakpu Awka, in the southern Igbo-Eze local government area of Enugu state, when a 45-year-old man, identified as Michael Ugwuanyi, on Saturday crushed his parents’ head. with a mortar on a still-matter to be identified.
It was learned that one of the deceased and the suspect’s mother, Florence Ugwuanyi, was crushing cassava flour in the kitchen on a rainy Saturday night when the suspect snatched the mortar from her and broke her head.
According to the Community’s Chief Security Advisor and a member of the monarch’s cabinet, Titus Ugwuoke, the suspect, sensing that his father, the late Julius Ugwuanyi, would retaliate or alert the neighborhood to his crime, seized the same mortar. and also crushed his head.
Ugwuoke also said that she covered her victims’ heads with clothing and took her deceased mother’s phone to alert her relatives, claiming they ate cooked beans and were reacting. Hearing the development, Ugwuoke added that the deceased’s first son, Pius Ugwuanyi, contacted him by phone around 4 a.m. Sunday morning and begged him to hurry to his father’s house to find out what he was ill and treating his parents since his wife is a practicing nurse.
Upon reaching the family of the victims with his wife, Ugwuoke said they met the suspect who informed them that his parents had gone to the hospital for treatment, adding that they returned home angry, adding that when the first son called again, he told him He told him that the suspect informed him to return home from Abuja immediately because his parents’ health was in critical condition. Hearing this, Ugwuoke said, he returned to the family and conducted an exhaustive search of their rooms, but could not find anything.
She also said: “I decided to arrest him with the Neighborhood Watch staff because he refused to reveal the name of the hospital where his parents went for treatment. It was in the midst of this apprehension and confusion that Daniel, who is the late Julius’ younger brother, went to the kitchen hub and raised the alarm. In rushing, we discovered the lifeless bodies of the suspect’s parents covered in clothing. I discovered the clothes and what I saw was beyond my explanation, it was gory to say the least. His brain cells were scattered all over the ground. “
Confirming the incident, Enugu State Police Command spokesman Daniel Ndukwe said: “The suspect, Michael Ugwuanyi, has been arrested and the Police Commissioner has ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation. further investigation and processing. “
When he arrived at the scene of the incident in Mkporogwu on Monday, the suspect’s older brother, Pius, said that the suspect had been ripped into the flesh of the family, adding that he was always demanding money from family members.
He said that he refused to meet him in Abuja, where he is doing business, adding that the family tried to prepare him for business, but that he would always waste the money and return to the village to make more demands.
When our reporter demanded an explanation about the suspect’s mental health, the older brother said: “My brother has cost me money. In 2008, I went to Yola because I received a call for help that she was locked in a room for seven days. Neighbors informed me that he stopped trading for that period of time. They told me that he would always answer them when they knocked on his door, but that he would not open it despite their persuasions. They suspected that he was mentally ill.
“When I arrived, I called him and he asked me what I had come to do. I convinced him to open the door and when he did he asked me why I was coming to look for him after having left him to suffer all these years. He demanded that I give him money to feed himself, which I did.
“A friend who accompanied me, after close observation, told me that I needed the attention of a psychiatrist. I mobilized policemen who accompanied me to arrest him. We took him to a psychiatrist’s house, that’s where he manifested a bit of madness. He told me that his pastor wanted to kill him. He also told me that I took him there to be killed, but after treatment he stabilized. We were there for seven days.
“I packed his belongings and went home with him. We took him to a worship camp in Umuida in the Igbo-Eze North local government area of Enugu state, where he turned long before returning to the village with us, ”he explained.
Another member of the community, Christopher Odo, while mourning Julius’ death, said that he was the oldest man in his clan before his death.
She described him as a passionate farmer and peacemaker who motivated the community to embrace agriculture.