A 47-year-old official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Emmanuel Mekuri has allegedly committed suicide after stabbing his 37-year-old lover, Patricia Ogunshola, in their apartment around Zoo area, Araromi in Lagos State.
This was made known in a statement released by the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, on Sunday.
Elkana said the deceased stabbed his lover on her right thigh with a Jackknife following an argument on infidelity ensued between them, and when the attack became unbearable, she reportedly fled the house.
Thereafter, Emmanuel allegedly stabbed himself in the stomach before Patricia’s 13-year-old daughter drew neighbours’ attention to the incident and the police were contacted.
“On July 5, 2020, around 1pm, the Morogbo Police Station received a distress call from the Zoo area in Araromi that one Emmanuel Mekuri, 47, a LASTMA personnel, stabbed his lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on her right thigh, with a Jack knife.
“An alarm was raised by the 13-year-old daughter of the woman, who she had from a previous marriage, which drew the attention of neighbours to the scene.
“In her statement, the girl stated that the deceased person, whom she referred to as her stepfather, made further attempts to stab her mother in the head but she quickly ran out of the room. She reported that he subsequently stabbed himself in the stomach, with his intestines gushing out and he died on the spot.
“On arrival at the scene, homicide detectives preserved the crime scene and rushed the injured woman to hospital for medical attention. She is currently in a stable condition. The corpse of the deceased person was evacuated to the mortuary for autopsy. A blood-stained knife was recovered from the scene.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple started cohabiting in February 2020, but they were not legally married.
“There was a protracted argument between the couples that degenerated into physical assault purported to have arisen from allegations bordering on infidelity on the part of the man,” the police said
Elkana said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for discreet investigation.