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Just In; LASTMA officer accidentally commits suicide, stabs lover in Lagos

By Monsuru Olowoopejo

An officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) identified as Emmanuel Mekuri has accidentally committed suicide after stabbing his lover and himself in Morogbo axis of the state.

Mekuri’s lover, a 37-year-old lady, identified as Patricia Ogunshola, was said to have been cohabiting with the deceased since February 2020 before the tragedy occurred on Sunday.

The lover, who survived the attack from the deceased, has been rushed by Nigerian Police Officers attached to Morogbo Police Station to an undisclosed hospital where she is currently on admission.

Ogunshola and the 47-year-old deceased officer were said to have been engaged a protracted argument that further degenerated into a physical assault between the two at about 1 am.

As gathered, the argument was said to have risen from allegations bothering on infidelity, an allegation said to have been raised by the lady against the former officer.

After the argument between the two intensified, the LASTMA ex-officer was alleged to have stabbed Ogunshola on her right thigh with a Jackknife.

Discovering the act, the 13-year-old daughter of Ogunshola, the child she got from a previous marriage, raised the alarm which drew the attention of neighbours to the scene.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, in a statement made available to newsmen, added that the child identified the deceased as her stepfather.

Elkana said: “In her statement, the girl stated that the deceased person, whom she referred to as her stepfather, 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.

“Also, 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 a mortuary for autopsy. A blood-stained knife was recovered from the scene”, he added.

The PPRO, however, hinted that Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation.

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