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Akwa Ibom: Mentally Ill Man Murdered By Suspected Cultists

There was tension in the Zik Avenue part of Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Sunday as men suspected to be cultists killed a mentally ill man.

The well-known mentally ill man was said to have been at his usual spot at Dike Park when the men attacked him.

According to a source in the area, “The cultists expended many bullets on him, but the bullets couldn’t penetrate him.

“They resorted to stabbing him, but all attempts failed. They decided to use cutlasses on him, and even stoning him, until he gave up, and the men left immediately.”

There are speculations that the deceased had been involved in several cult clashes before his mental illness started and had killed a lot of opposition cult members.

“Some people suspect that the man was not mad, but was just pretending, but it is obvious that he was mad because he even eats his own excreta.

“They say he used to be a cultist before he went mad. No one knows why he went mad, but you know these cultists, once you are committed, you are committed, and they must come for you,” the source added.

Other sources revealed that the deceased man was an indigene of Enugu State.

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“He was a bad guy, and he did many charms to protect himself. It is obvious that the charms he did when he was sane, was what was protecting him during the period of his insanity. That was why bullets and stabbing could not penetrate him.

“He did those things while he was sane, and since he went mad, the charms were still working.

“You know that most of these charms mostly abhor sex, but because he is mad and has not been meeting women, even though he was mad, the charms remained potent,” a source said.

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State Police Command said men were immediately deployed from the Central Police Station in Awka to the scene.

The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga said, “The DPO immediately swung into action, retrieved the corpse, and deposited it in a morgue.

“I cannot confirm that the man was mad, but when the family comes for the corpse, we will be able to ascertain the mental health of the deceased man.

“For now, police is liaising with eyewitnesses to ensure that the perpetrators are tracked and arrested.”

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