An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) identified as Emmanuel Mekuri (47) has allegedly committed suicide in Zoo area, Araromi, Morogbo after he stabbed his lover.
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State police spokesman, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that the police received report of the incident at about 1am same day.
The LASTMA official, said to have stabbed his lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on her right thigh with a Jack knife.
Mr Elkana in the statement said:
“Alarm was raised by the 13-year-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, 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. He subsequently stabbed himself on the stomach, his intestines gushed out and he died on the spot.”
Ms Ogunshola, the spokesman said, is currently in stable condition in an undisclosed hospital while the deceased has been moved to a mortuary for autopsy.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple started cohabiting in February, 2020, but not legally married. There was a protracted argument between the couple that degenerated into physical assault purported to have arose from allegations bothering on infidelity on the part of the man,” Elkana said.
The police spokesman added that the police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti, Yaba for “discreet” investigation.