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LASTMA official stabs lover, kills self

Joy Anyim

An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), Emmanuel Mekuri, has allegedly stabbed his lover, and killed himself, at Zoo area of Araromi, along Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

It was gathered that the 47-year-old Mekuri and his lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, had a disagreement bothering on infidelity, which degenerated into a fight on Sunday.

Preliminary investigations revealed that after Mekuri stabbed Ogunshola on her right thigh with a jack knife, he allegedly stabbed himself on the stomach, and died before help could reach him.

According to the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, Ogunshola’s daughter raised the alarm over the incident, which was later reported at the Morogbo Police Division.

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Elkana said that the 13-year-old also revealed that the deceased attempted to stab her mother on the head, but she narrowly escaped.

He stated that Ogunshola was in a stable condition, while the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue for autopsy.

The PPRO said: “In her statement, the girl stated that the deceased person, whom she referred to as her step-father, made further attempts to stab her mother on the head but she quickly ran out of the room.

“That he subsequently stabbed himself on the stomach, his intestines gushed out and he died on the spot.

“On arrival at the scene, homicide detectives preserved the crime scene and rushed the injured woman to the hospital for medical attention.

“She is currently in stable condition. The corpse of the deceased person was evacuated to mortuary for autopsy.

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“A blood stained knife was recovered from the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed that the couples started cohabiting in February, 2020.

“There was a protracted argument between the couples that degenerated into physical assault purported to have arose from allegations bothering on infidelity on the part of the man.”

Elkana said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Yaba, for discreet investigation.