The cannibal Clifford Nwa Orji was arrested by the Police in February 1999 after cries of Awawu, an emaciated and shacked woman from Agege gave him away.
According to his confession to the Police, Clifford and his accomplice, Tahiru have been killing fellow humans for dinner.
People in the neighbourhood always suspected that Clifford was strangely different.
He used to sell razor blades at the bustling Oshodi market, before he shifted his abode to a self-created grotto under the highway bridge in Isolo, where he advertised himself as a native doctor.
Occasionally, he violently chased stray-walkers to his ‘sanctuary’ during day time. In the dead wake of the night, he usually blanketed the air around with meat-like odour from his special barbeque.
People merely suspected that this barbeque-loving recluse was not normal; that he was possibly mad, but no one was prepared for the horrendous discovery of that haunting Wednesday morning.
Clifford Orji was a cannibal-a man eater!
The discovery sent shock waves throughout the sprawling metropolis of about seven million people, drawing hundreds of people to the under-the-bridge abode of Orji, where he also kept a well-kitted kitchen to prepare cooked and roasted human flesh.
How long Clifford Orji from Enugu State has been feasting on human flesh in Lagos is unknown till this day. The actual number of people he slaughtered for dinner is also known as he did not reveal much during Police interrogations.
A shrill cry of a famished and emaciated lady waiting to be slaughtered was what gave Orji away that Wednesday.
The noise attracted passers-by who not only discovered the woman, but also stumbled on a collection of human parts in Orji’s make-shift home. Human bones, legs, hands, and freshly cooked soup with human meat, were discovered.
The uproar triggered by this shock discovery was said to have attracted men of the Operation Sweep.
Surrounded, Orji attempted to escape but the Police quickly arrested him and took him to Makinde Police in Oshodi, nearby. The lady dressed for slaughtering, and who Orji had turned into a sex slave for several days, was freed and taken to the hospital in Ikeja.
The arrest of another person, said to be Orji’s accomplice in the human-flesh eating business introduced a new dimension to the tragedy.
Police found that Orji and his friend were not just human eaters, they were also human spare-parts sellers, as money, cheques were said to have been recovered at the make-shift home at the popular Toyota Bus Stop on Oshodi-Isolo Expressway.
Were Orji and his accomplice mad?
Some people interviewed at the scene of the tragedy believed they were sane. Some however, did not. People who frequently passed by Orji’s make-shift home of horror recounted incidents when they were chased by the iron-wielding Orji.
On the following Thursday, Orji and his accomplice were paraded to newsmen by the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Sunday Aghedo.
The Journalists who crowded the premises of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos Stae Police Command, Ikeja, covered their noses with handkerchief while interviewing Orji who claimed to be a native of Enugu State. The State Commissioner of Police described the two men as human eaters.
On display beside them were roasted parts of human beings- heads, leg, hand and the abdomen.
One several head wore a permed hair of a lady identified as Eno, a trader from Akwa Ibom State.
They were arrested with human parts in their enclave at the local airport area and taken to Makinde Police Station. They answered questions on homicide at the State Crime Intelligence Department (SCID). When it was his turn to speak, Orji confessed to the media men that that were human eaters who had killed over three people, especially young girls who hawk wares. “We always lured them to our enclave under the pretext that we want to purchase their wares. Once they are in our net, we pounce on them and kill them for eatable meat. My colleague is the human hunter while I am the butcher. We usually go for girls with permed hair” he further explained.
When asked if he ate human meat because he couldn’t afford animal meat by a Journalist, Orji replied saying: “We have been eating human meat for the past seven years before coming to Lagos”.
“If you are a free man today, will you still be eating human meat?” Orji was asked again, to which he replied: “Yes. To me, there is no difference between human and goat meat”, Orji replied.
Clifford was charged before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate Court in Lagos on February 19 of the same year. Since then, he was never tried. On the 17th of August 2012, he died of unknown causes at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons, Lagos.
(Culled from OurPage9ja)