Clifford Orji, alleged ritualist and cannibal, has died in Kirikiri maximum prison where he has been an inmate for over thirteen years. Prison authorities disclosed that Orji died on Friday morning and the cause of his death is yet unknown, but an autopsy is to be performed to determine the cause of his death.
Clifford Orji was arrested under the bridge at Toyota Bus-stop on Oshodi/Apapa Expressway, Lagos with human parts, which he reportedly claimed he sold to notable Nigerians. He was subsequently charged before the Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court, but was never tried. In April this year, (about five months ago), it was reported that Orji had gone mad at Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Lagos, where he had been awaiting trial.
The acting Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Prison command, Mr.Biyi Jeje, confirmed Orji’s death. He said, “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”. Jeje confirmed that Orji had been rejected by many mental health facilities in the country and maintained that the prisons authorities did all it could to manage his illness. “We took Orji to many health facilities but he was rejected time and time again. I don’t know why they rejected him, but we did all we could to manage his illness”, he said.