The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, ASP Loveth Odah, told newsmen in Abakaliki on Tuesday that the incident was reported to the police on January 21, at 2p.m.
According to Odah, the suspect is from Onyikwa community of Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi.
“The councilor representing the community, Mr. Friday Nwigube, reported to the police that an insane man was inflicting machete cuts on members of his community.
“A combined team of detectives rushed to the community where they found several persons with deep machete cuts and rushed them to the Federal Teaching Hospital (FETHA), Abakaliki.
“Seven of them were confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital while four others are in a critical condition,” the police spokesperson said.
Odah said that police detectives and youths in the community had embarked on man hunt for the arrest of the suspect.
She solicited the support of members of the public to supply the police with useful information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect.
“The police cannot completely eradicate crime in the society, only strive to reduce it to the barest minimum.
“The incident reminds us of a similar one at Ishielu Local Government Area, where an insane woman also killed a fellow woman and burnt houses in the community.
“Cases of insanity are not a one-person’s business, communities should send such persons to psychiatric facilities for adequate care”, she said.
Two Killed In Ondo Cult Clashes
Meanwhile,members of two cult groups reportedly clashed Monday night and Tuesday morning in Ondo city, Ondo State, leading to the death of two persons.
Sources said the deceased were members of the Ayee Confraternity and Eiye Confraternity.
Olaleye Isiaka, one of the victims, was said to have been killed Monday night.
The second victim, whose identity was not ascertained before filing this report, was reportedly shot dead in a reprisal attack on Tuesday.
“Isiaka, a member of Eiye confraternity, was in company of some of his friends at a joint located at Akure Motor Park in the town when members of the rival group attacked him.
“When the attackers reached the scene, they started shooting sporadically. The people around the area had to run helter-skelter for safety.
“Isiaka too attempted to escape from the scene but he was shot several times. When the shots did not penetrate his body, the attackers later clubbed him till he gave up the ghost,” a source said.
Femi Joseph, Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, confirmed the clashes, saying investigation into the matter had commenced.
Joseph said: “We only have the identity of one of the deceased, Isiaka. He is a notorious cultist in the town. He was killed by a rival cult group.
“The second person was killed this (Tuesday) morning in a reprisal attack by the Isiaka’s group on the rival group. But we are yet to know his identity.
“The investigation has commenced and efforts are ongoing to arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act.”