There was pandemonium on Wednesday, June 4, 2015 at 12 Bonny Street, Umuahia, Abia State, as a 25 year-old man set himself and his family house ablaze.
The man, named Tochukwu Ogbonna, also called Mbe (meaning tortoise), first attacked his mother with a machete, inflicting severe injuries on her.
He was also said to have attacked their domestic dogs, which he cut into pieces.
Police were called in to arrest him, but he was said to have escaped, whereupon he set their house ablaze and threw himself into the fire.
His mother is said to be lying critically ill at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.
The incident is said to have begun when the young man approached his mother on an undisclosed issue.
Vanguard reports that some residents of the area described him a drunk, while others said he was suffering from mental problems.