Monday, 13 July 2015

Woman cuts neighbour’s throat during argument

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a
woman, Helen Okeke, who allegedly killed her
neighbour, identified only as Rose, in the Ikota,
Ajah area of the state.
We learnt that Okeke slit Rose’s
throat after the duo reportedly had an argument
over who poured urine on the latter’s clothes
that were spread on the entrance door to her
The incident occurred at about 5pm last
Wednesday in the Ikota Housing Estate, Ikota
Second Gate area.
Our correspondent gathered that Rose, who was
reportedly preparing for her wedding, had
returned from work in the afternoon, and noticed
a foul smell on the clothes spread on her door.
It was learnt that the deceased went to the
landlady, Alhaja Iyabo Hamzat, to report the
matter. The landlady was said to have pacified
her, offering to give her the money to buy some
detergent to wash the clothes.
It was gathered that after some minutes, other
neighbours, however, heard Rose’s sudden cry
for help in the corridor. The suspect was said to
have been found holding the deceased by the
neck, with a bloodstained kitchen knife in her
Our correspondent gathered that Rose died
before she could be rushed to a nearby hospital.
The matter was said to have been reported to
the Ajah Police Division, Ajiwe, and Okeke was
When our correspondent visited the apartment on
Friday, Alhaja Hamzat said she had served a
notice to Okeke, commonly known as Mama
Chinedu, on several occasions to pack out of the
house, adding that the suspect refused to leave.
She said, “At about 5pm that day, Rose came to
my apartment. She said she came to report Iya
“She said when she returned from her workplace,
she found her curtain, towel and other clothes
drenched with urine. She said she suspected that
it was Iya Chinedu who poured the substance on
her clothes.
“I begged Rose and told her that I would give her
money to buy detergent to wash the clothes. She
had hardly returned to her room when we heard
screams of ‘help help!’ We all rushed there and
we saw Rose in a pool of blood with Iya Chinedu
holding a bloodstained knife.
“With shock, we rushed Rose to a hospital, but
she died on the way.
“Iya Chinedu moved into my house just last year.
She moved in with her son. The son later left,
saying she was fed up with her mother. I had
served her quit notices on several occasions, but
she refused to move out.
“I went to the police at Ikota to report her, but
the policemen there said they would not meddle
in landlord-tenants’ affairs.”
Another resident, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, told us that Okeke had
been moody before that day.
Another resident in the area, identified only as
Blessing, said after Okeke had stabbed her
neighbour, some angry youths beat her up.
She said, “Mama Chinedu did not show any
remorse at all. Some boys became angry and
beat her up.
“Everyone was shocked, and wanted to find out
what offence was committed that made Okeke to
stab the young lady.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth
Nwosu, confirmed the incident.
He added that the matter would be transferred to
the State Department of Criminal Investigation,
Yaba, for further investigation.
He said, “The police visited the scene and
removed the corpse to a public morgue in Yaba.
“The suspect has also been arrested. She will be
transferred to the SDCI after the police have
concluded their preliminary investigations.”

Source: Punch

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