Michael Okhide killed mum, right and dad

The family of Clement and Toyin Okhide, who were killed in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State by their son Michael, has begged the media to mind their business as it mourns the dead.

The Okhides were killed by their 23-year-old son, Michael, via stabbing on 4 February. Michael is now on the run.

But the family in a statement on Tuesday urged the media to refrain from sensationalism in the reportage of the matter, especially where such reports were based on inaccuracies.

Dr Abiola Odeyinka, Miss Ayooluwa Okhide and Master Stephen Okhide, surviving children of the couple, described the incident as sad and traumatic for the family.

They pleaded for public support and empathy at this trying and difficult period, saying the challenge of drug abuse and mental illness is rife and requires collective action to tackle it.

” This is a sensitive matter for us as we mourn the loss of our dear parents who loved us and gave us the best support any child could ever desire.

“Once again, we are pained by this occurrence and we passionately urge the media and general public to desist from further sensationalising this occurrence,” the statement said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said a manhunt had been launched for Michael, adding that the corpses were evacuated to the Isolo General Hospital.

“On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, around 6.00 p.m., I was alerted that a young man, Michael Okhide, 23, had killed his father, Clement Okhide, 60 and suspected to have seriously injured his mother at No 6 Akeem Gbadamosi Street.

” When our men were mobilised to the scene, we found Clement dead in a pool of his blood in the kitchen.

” Blood was also seen all over the kitchen and a thorough search of the house led to the discovery of the remains of Clement’s wife, Toyin, 50, in one of the locked-up rooms upstairs.

“Two corpses were recovered and deposited at the Isolo General Hospital’s mortuary. The assailant equally stabbed his sister, Mary, in the stomach and on the hands.

” She has visited the Ejigbo Health Centre where she received treatment. A manhunt has been launched to arrest the fleeing assailant,” he had said