It has been confirmed that the alleged cannibal, Clifford Orji, is dead. Orji has been detained in Kirikiri prisons for the past thirteen years without going on trial for his alleged crime.
The acting Public Relations officer, Lagos State Prison Command, Mr. Biyi Jeje, confirmed Orji’s death saying , “As at Thursday Orji was fine, but on Friday morning he died in his sleep. The cause of his death is still unknown but an autopsy is being performed.”
Recent reports have revealed that the alleged man-eater’s health had progressively deteriorated and his mental state was also questioned.
While speaking on Orji’s failing health a few months ago, the deputy comptroller of the prison, Mr. Noel Ailewon, said Orji was in a bad state.
“Orji’s health is getting worse. He has gone completely mad, vomiting and even defecating without restraint and is naked most of the time,” he said.
A director in the Office of the Public Defender, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi, said Orji’s case is a pathetic one because they have tried but could not find proper medical attention for him.
“Initially, we took Orji to Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, but was rejected because they claimed they did not have long-term medical facilities. Subsequently, he was taken to another hospital in Ewekoro but was similarly rejected,” she said.
Orji, was arrested 13 years ago under the bridge at Toyota Bus Stop, along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway. He was found with roasted human flesh and bones, a cell phone, female underwear, and a cheque for N88,000.
He was subsequently charged before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court, on February 19, 1999 but have not gone on trial till his death on Friday aged 46.