The police in Lagos have arrested an 18-year-old lady, Kafayat Olawale, for allegedly stabbing to death her boyfriend, Ojo Ijabike, 32.
The incident happened on Friday on Olutola Adebayo Street, off Idimu Road, in the Alimosho area of Lagos State.
Investigations by PUNCH Metro revealed that Ijabike, an indigene of Owo, Ondo State, had attempted to forcefully have carnal knowledge of the suspect when there was a scuffle between them.
Olawale, who hails from Osun State, was said to have stabbed the deceased in the heart region, while the 32-year-old victim inflicted injuries on her.
The landlord of the house, who heard the noise, was said to have broken the locked door and met the duo lying in a pool of blood.
They were reportedly rushed to a private hospital in the area where Ijabike, an electrician, gave up the ghost.
When our correspondent visited the Cele Egbe area, where the suspect was an apprentice in a hairdressing salon, he met her boss, who said Olawale was tricked into Ijabike’s apartment.
The woman, who did not identify herself, said, “She is a little girl and I often tried to guide her home whenever it was late in the night. She cannot hurt a fly.
“Ojo (Ijabike) bought her a phone and she brought it to the office that morning. He called her and said he forgot the charger at home, that she should come over to pick it.
“It was the charger she went to pick when he locked the door against her and wanted to sleep with her.”
A young man, who claimed to be the “real boyfriend of the suspect”, said the deceased was not in a relationship with Olawale.
The barber, who said they had been dating since 2014, told PUNCH Metro he had warned Olawale to stop collecting gifts from the deceased.
“But she kept telling me it was just a normal friendship. I tried my best to always please her, but I am aware the guy was also giving her money and gifts and I knew his intention was not pure.
“When he bought her the phone, I frowned at it. I was told it was on Friday when she was on her way to work that he called her to come over to his place to take the charger of the phone which he forgot to give her.
“That was how he wanted to take advantage of her and things went awry,” he said.
Our correspondent visited where the incident happened on Olutola Adebayo Street and met co-tenants of the deceased.
A girl took our correspondent to the one room apartment of the deceased, which was shut.
A drama however played out when our correspondent was directed to the landlord of the house, who quickly denied being the owner of the house.
“I am new in this house and just rented a shop here. I don’t know anything and cannot say anything,” the elderly man said.
Other residents equally declined to speak with our correspondent. PUNCH Metro subsequently visited the private hospital, where the duo was rushed to on Modupe Shittu Street.
A worker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, explained that the deceased was still alive when he was brought to the hospital.
“When they were rushed here, they were both alive. We, however, observed that the man was stabbed in the heart region. He died soon after. The girl also sustained injuries. I learnt that it was after the girl stabbed him that he collected the knife and began stabbing her in anger,” the worker said.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the deceased had first used the weapon to threaten the suspect so she could submit to his desire.
Our correspondent was told that while the corpse of the victim was taken to the morgue, the suspect was arrested by policemen from the Ikotun division.
A police source said the suspect was stabbed more than six times in her back.
He said, “The lady was also injured. She was first hospitalised before she was arrested.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations were ongoing