In the town of Arogbo, Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, a mentally ill individual reportedly strangled a 17-year-old secondary school student to death.
The victim, identified as Timibra Meretighan, was in the midst of taking his Junior Secondary WAEC examination at Ijaw National High School when he was attacked by the mentally unstable man, who proceeded to strangle him.
An eyewitness revealed that the mentally deranged man gained unauthorized access to the school premises and the examination hall, causing panic among the students as they tried to evade harm.
Tragically, Meretighan was unable to flee quickly enough and fell victim to the suspect. The suspect seized him by the neck and choked him to death.
The mentally unstable man claimed that he committed the act in retaliation after the victim allegedly insulted him by calling him a madman. Driven by a desire for revenge, he sought out the victim at his school and carried out the heinous act.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Funmi Odunlami, confirmed the incident and assured that the suspect had been apprehended by the state police.
The principal of Ijaw National High School promptly reported the incident to the police, providing details that a 27-year-old man forcefully entered the school premises and committed the murder.
“The principal of Ijaw High School came to the station to report that one Oke Loya, 27 years old, sought shelter at the security gate during the rain and subsequently strangled one of the students to death,” stated the PPRO.
She further added, “He said the man killed one Timibra Meretighan, a 17-year-old boy from Arogbo-Ibe. The suspect claimed that the student called him a madman. The suspect has been arrested and is currently in police custody.”