A middle-aged bricklayer, identified as Lukman, allegedly attacked and cut off the hand of a 60-year-old woman, Muibat Abifarin, with a cutlass in Omu-Aran, Kwara state on Saturday.
It was reported that Lukman, who was said to be showing signs of madness, also attacked two of his co-tenants in a bungalow at Orolodo Area, beside the Olomu’s palace in Omu-Aran.
The victim who lost her hand was said to have been taken to Ajisafe Hospital in the community while the other two victims with varying degree of injuries were also been treated at Omu-Aran General Hospital.
Reports says that no visitor was allowed access to Abifarin by the hospital management as she was said to be recovering from the surgery performed on her hand.
An eyewitnes, Azeez Abifarin, the son of the victim, said the incident happened around 10 p.m on Saturday just before the family’s bed time.
“I think there was a kind of argument between Abeeb, my senior brother and Lukman over a dead goat been roasted by Lukman outside the compound which later degenerated and Abeeb was attacked with a cutlass.
“It was the gory sight of Abeeb’s condition that prompted my mother, who was about to sleep, to rush out to confront Lukman over the motive of the attack on Abeeb.
“It was in the process that Lukman again raised the cutlass against my mother’s head and she quickly defended herself with her left hand before the hand was cut off,” he said.
“I was shocked when I saw the extent of the attack on the victims after I was informed on phone and I rushed to the scene of the incident” says the father of the attacker.
“He (Lukman) was with me in my house a day before the incident and did not show any sign of somebody harbouring any evil plans,” he said.
Lukman was immediately arrested and detained at the Omu-Aran Police Command.