A 55-year old woman , Taibat Badaru, has been allegedly stabbed to death by a naval rating, Yusuf Owolabi in Egan, a riverine community in the Ojo council area of Lagos.
The naval personnel, a son to a factional traditional ruler in the community was said to have killed Badaru with a knife on Friday, June 15. Punch reports that Badaru was declared dead at a general hospital in the area.
However, police officers attached to Ilemba Hausa Division arrested Owolabi and later transferred him to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba on Saturday, June 16.
It was gathered the arrest followed a petition by an aide to the speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly to the state police commissioner, Edgal Imohimi. Sources within the community said the incident followed a fight for the position of the baale of the village, lost by the suspect’s father, Moshood, to a member of the deceased’s family.
The source said the naval rating who was recently deployed to Lagos from Port Harcourt, Rivers state, was in the community in company of a friend. Owolabi, armed with a knife was said to have been drunk before picking a fight with the son of the deceased, named Quadri.
“The family members of Moshood and his rival always fight one another. There was a time the house of Moshood was set ablaze by the people of the village over this matter. But the fight that led to the death of the woman started between the naval man and Quadri, the son of the deceased.
Quadri ran into their house to inform his mother about the scuffle and as the mother rushed out, the suspect brought out his dagger and stabbed her in the back. When efforts to stop the blood gushing out of the woman failed, they rushed her to the Alimosho General Hospital at Igando where she eventually died,” the source said. Also speaking on the matter, the chief press secretary to the Lagos state Speaker, Musbau Rasak, said the deceased was his sister.
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