A woman suspected to be mentally ill, identified as Esther Adu, has been lynched by an angry mob at Ita Balogun, Ilesha, in Osun State, for allegedly killing two of her neighbours.
The incident which occurred on Saturday led to uproar in the community.
The deceased who were identified as 90-year-old Ojuolape Olojo and 70-year-old Samson Sunday and one other neighbour, Disu Olaleye, 70, who was reportedly to have been seriously injured by the woman, who wielded a machete.
A resident, who witnessed the incident and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Olaleye was rushed to a private hospital in the Ijofi area of Ilesha.
He noted that a crowd of residents, after learning that Adu killed her neighbours, seized and set her ablaze before the arrival of the police.
The source said: “After she was overpowered, the mob lynched her. A police van later arrived and took her remains away.”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola said: “Fifty-five-year-old Esther Adu, believed to be suffering from insanity, attacked and killed Ojuolape Olojo, a 90-year-old female, and Sunday Samson, aged 70 years, who were living in the same house with her.
“The third person, Disu Olaleye, aged 70 years, also a resident of Ita Balogun area, did not die. He was rushed to a private hospital at the Ijofi area, where he is currently on admission. Calm has returned to the area and investigation is ongoing into the incident.”