Cletus, one of the older brothers of Emmanuel Ogah, the medical doctor who stabbed their 59-year-old mother, Janet, to death penultimate Thursday, has revealed that his younger brother (Emmanuel) graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 2007.
Cletus revealed that Emmanuel was 27 years then when he graduated, having been a brilliant student.
He said all the seven children of their late mother are graduates and four of them graduated from ABU. Cletus said he read Chemical Engineering.
He said Emmanuel did well in his secondary school certificate result and scored well over 4 points in Cumulative Grade Point Average when he graduated in Medicine from ABU in 2007.
He said, “He made 4.38 as his CGPA at ABU.
While Cletus said it was true that he suffered ‘depression relapse’ on some occasions, he said the family had taken him to certain psychiatric facilities for medical intervention in Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Uyo.
He said, “We noticed the problem of depression in him in 2008, when he was doing his housemanship. He was reported to have spoken rudely to his superiors.
“He was sent away from that place. Again, in subsequent years, he went to some other places for the housemanship, the same thing happened.
“We took him to the Psychiatric Hospital at Yaba, Lagos in 2014 where he was receiving treatment and doing his housemanship.
“Eventually he completed it at this place, but he was still asked to go and serve the one year national service, because they said he was 27 when he graduated from ABU. That was what he was doing at Jigawa State, when he returned last Wednesday and he killed our mother on Thursday.”
On that fateful day, Emmanuel, who was believed to be under some ‘forces’ controlling him, knifed their mother to death at her restaurant located along Lafenwa-Itele Road, Aparadija in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
He did not kill the mother in their residence on Number 16 Ololade Lateef Street, Aparadija, Lafenwa-Itele, as earlier reported.
The picture of the corpse which had gone viral on the social media was gory enough. Emmanuel disembowelled the mother, and gave her other deep cuts on the face and neck.
Also the video of his ‘detention’ inside burglar proof section of the restaurant after he had done the havoc, did not portray him as being coherent in all the questions put to him on why he killed the mother.
Cletus, who said he got to the scene two hours after Emmanuel had killed their mother, said he(Emmanuel) was still being ‘detained’ in the shop, when he arrived.
He said when he jabbed him and asked him why he killed their mother, he suddenly became remorseful, saying he never knew what came upon him.
He said, “When I arrived our mother’s restaurant two hours after the incident, Emmanuel was still being held inside the shop, I moved closer to him, jabbed him twice and asked him: ‘why did you kill our mother?’ All he could say was ‘brother, I did not know what happened, brother I did know what happened’ and he started crying.
“Then he began to say some incoherent things.
“I believe there were ‘some forces’ at work on him. Because from the responses, it seemed that he came to his senses suddenly and showed remorse. Emmanuel neither smoked nor drank alcohol. I had taken him out on some occasions.”
Cletus said their mother was a loving mother who supported her husband, Bernard Ogah, now a retired soldier to train all of them.
He recalled, “I could remember in my own case, my mother plaited hair for people in the barracks to raise money and supported in paying my school fees then while I was in ABU.
“My mother gave her all to her children.”
A service of songs was organised for her on Thursday in front of her former shop, where her virtues were celebrated.
Pastor Femi Samuel said, “Mama was quite accommodating and she was always smiling.
“She was a giver. If you came to the restaurant, you would eat whether you have money or not.”
One of her neighbours, Stephen Gyamfi described her as a “mother well loved by those who knew her.”
The landlord of the house where she had her restaurant, Mr. Eddy, who said the deceased rented the shop from him in February 2016, described her as a nice and easy going person.
Eddy said he had only seen Emmanuel once at the mother’s restaurant. “I only saw him once, and that was sometime last year. He was clutching a travelling bag and the mother told me that’s her son. Then he was going for the national service as a youth corp.”
The remains of the late Mrs. Janet Ogah have since been taken to her village, Agila,via Oturkpo in Benue State, on Friday for burial.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel is still being held at the homicide section of the Ogun State Police Command headquarters, Abeokuta.
Mixed reactions greet action
Ogah’s action has continued to attract a lot of attention on the social media, from those who claimed to know him and those not too close to him.
However, many of those who commented on his action submitted that it might not be ordinary.
Some argued that it might be due to depression, another noted that it was schizophrenia and while some others contended that it could be a ‘mental case.’
One Dosunmu in his comment contended that Ogah might need a psychiatrist’s attention.
He wrote: “I think that guy needs to see a mental doctor(psychiatrist), something is wrong, he might have mental issue.”
Another concerned person, Deansmart, obviously replying to Dosunmu’s comment, noted: “My first thought exactly. He must have a serious case of depression or something.
“So sad, and we need doctors badly.”
One Edgar Zomboss, who claimed to know Emmanuel closely having once worked with him posted about three messages. He described him as a ‘good friend of mine’ and ‘a good person back then.’ He also wondered what must have gone wrong.
He posted, “No sir. The guy has schizophrenia. I worked with him. He was a very good friend of mine and I knew him on a one on one basis.
“He used to be a good person back then in school. I think something terrible had harpened to him somehow.
“Oh my God, Dr Ogah! Dr Ogah!! I know Dr Ogah. He is (was) a very good friend of mine. He has schizophrenia and I am ready to testify on his behalf.”
Just like Zomboss, another colleague of his, Sanjo, posted that he (Emmanuel) was a nice guy. He said he has a case of mental health and indicated further that if he had got adequate medical intervention, the ugly incident could have been averted.
Sanjo wrote, “What he has done, is unimaginable but bear in mind Emmanuel Ogah is a very nice guy who unfortunately has a mental health condition.
“We were once colleagues. He has always had times of relapse but if Nigeria had a good support for those with mental health conditions, probably this wouldn’t have happened.”
Yet another friend of his by name Kopi also posted, “He is very very intelligent. We studied together back then in school.”
Onyewuchi Nze wrote, “In others places, the slightest sign of a mental condition disqualifies one from pursuing a medical career. Who allowed him to pass through a medical college?”