On a day the world is celebrating father’s day, residents of Azu Ogbunike in Oyi LGA of Anambra State woke up to the horrifying news of the atrocious acts of a certain Mr. Ifeanyi Apusiobi, aged 34 years old who in the early morning of Sunday, 21st June 2020 allegedly ran amok in circumstances Anambra police say are “yet to be ascertained, and attacked two of his biological children namely; Chinecherem Apusiobi (female, 7 years old and Obinna Apusiobi, male, aged 5 years) with a wooden pistle on their heads while they were sleeping”.
In a bulletin issued early Sunday morning, SP Haruna Mohammed, Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Anambra State Police Command, said the “suspect equally used same object and injured his father, one Dominic Apusiobi aged 72 years old on the head”.
The police bulletin announced that Police operatives attached to Ogbunike Police Station arrested the suspect at about 1am this morning. “Police detectives visited the scene and rushed victims to the hospital for medical attention where the two children were certified dead by a medical doctor while the aged father is responding to treatment. Corpses deposited at Isienyi hospital morgue for autopsy. Exhibit recovered and case transferred to State CID Awka for discreet investigation”, SP Haruna said in the police bulletin.
Someone familiar with the circumstances of the matter commenting anonymously said the man in question has mental problems and divorced his wife 3 years ago. He said the man’s family lived in denial and refused to take the man to a mental home or hospital where he could receive proper care fearing stigmatisation.
The question everyone is asking is, what could have driven Ifeanyi Apusiobi to kill his biological children in such horrifying manner, and also attempt to murder his own father?
Hopefully, Anambra police command will unravel the mystery and ensure that justice is served, speedily too.