A woman suspected to be mentally ill, Esther Adu, has been lynched by an angry mob at Ita Balogun, Ilesha, Osun State, for allegedly killing two of her neighbours.
The incident, which happened on Saturday, led to pandemonium in the area.
The deceased were identified as 90-year-old Ojuolape Olojo and 70-year-old Samson Sunday.
One other neighbour, Disu Olaleye, 70, was reported 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.
“After she was overpowered, the mob lynched her. A police van later arrived and took her remains away,” the source said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident.
She 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.”