According to eyewitnesses, the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon
when the man dragged one elderly man off a motorcycle and smashed his
head with a stone.
It was learnt that two other persons were also attacked and were
rushed to the hospital. One of them was later reported to have died.
One Mr. Udeme Okon, told newsmen that the incident caused panic and
slowed down business activities in the area.
Okon stated that the mentally ill man fled when angry youths came out
to attack him.
Another witness, Mr. Femi Williams, said the man was initially begging
for money, adding that he started attacking people when nobody
“When policemen came to rescue the people, the man also attacked
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Etim Dickson, while
confirming the incident said: “The incident was just unfortunate.
Nobody can tell what sort of anger might have made the mentally ill
man to descend on the people the way he did.”