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70-year-old man’s houses burnt for killing mentally challenged teenager in Enugu


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Enraged youths have set ablaze houses belonging to the family of one Lawrence Ezeoha aka ‘Oshionwu’ in Isi-Uzo Council Area of Enugu State, for allegedly killing a mentally challenged teenager.

70-year-old Oshionwu was said to have shot the 19-year-old boy identified as Ifeanyi aka Agudo dead on Wednesday for accusing him of being responsible for his ill mental health.

The deceased, according to village sources, was said to be an Okada rider before his mental illness started a few months ago.

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Trouble started when Agudo allegedly strayed into Ezeoha’s compound Wednesday morning and refused to leave.

He was said to have started accusing Oshionwu of being the cause of his ailment.

Angered by the deceased’s refusal to leave his compound, Oshionwu went inside his house, took his Dane gun and shot him in the chest.

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According to a report by Nation, some boys took him to Ikem General Hospital but on getting there, 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 had newly constructed,” a source said.

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The State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe said he had not been briefed about the incident when contacted as of the time of filing this report.