Emmanuel Mekuri, an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), has allegedly killed himself after stabbing his lover, Patricial Ogunshola, in their apartment around Zoo area in Araromi.
A statement released by Bala Elkana, spokesperson of the state police command, said Mekuri stabbed his lover, 37, then inflicted injuries on himself with the object.
He died of his wounds, while the woman was rushed to a hospital.
He said it was Ogunshola’s teenage daughter who quickly called attention of neighbours to the incident.
“At about 1pm today, men of the Morogbo Police Station received a distress call that Emmanuel, 47, stabbed his lover, Patricia on her right thigh, with a Jackknife and in the process, stabbed himself as well, leading to his death.
”Alarm was raised by the 13 years old daughter of the woman (whom she got 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 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. A blood stained knife was recovered from the scene.”
According to Elkana, preliminary investigation revealed that the couple started cohabiting in February, 2020, but are not legally married.
He said there was a protracted argument between the couple that degenerated into physical assault, purported to have stemmed from allegations bothering on infidelity on the part of the man.
Bala said the state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti, Yaba, for discreet investigation.