The Provost section of the Lagos State Police Command has commenced an orderly room trial for a 36-year-old police corporal, Halidu Shaibu, for the alleged murder of his colleague, Yeiwa Babangida, who he stabbed 57 times in a room they both shared in the Tinubu area of Lagos island., over allegations of having sexual relations with his wife.
It was learnt that the suspect is attached to the E Department at the Force headquarters annex, Kam Salem House, Obalende, Lagos, while the deceased, who hails from Gombe State, was said to be attached to police Mobile Force 2, Lagos.
While addressing senior officers, Shuaibu said, “He was married with three children, and his wife confessed to him that only one was his biological child while the other two belonged to babaginda. According to him, he initially disbelieved, but decided to confront the deceased on october 12 2013, and a fight ensued between them. He claimed that babaginda attacked him first and he picked up a broken bottle and stabbed him in self defense.
It was learnt that the matter was immediately reported at the Lion Building Police Station after which the case was transferred to the homicide department of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.source, however, said investigations revealed that the murder was premeditated. According to him, He said, “Shuaibu is a liar. Neighbours told us that on the day of the incident, there was a naming ceremony holding downstairs and Shuaibu attended it. He then went back to his room where he killed Babangida.
“Our investigations, as well as a medical report, revealed that the suspect stabbed Babangida 57 times. The suspect also used the base of a standing fan to hit Babangida in the head several times in the head before he gave up the ghost. The suspect claimed there was a fight, but there are little scratches on his body.
“According to eyewitnesses, after killing the deceased, Babangida returned to the naming ceremony downstairs, ordered a bottle of Heineken and shouted, ‘I don kill Babangida for upstairs’.” The police source said investigations revealed that the suspect was serving in Osun State and had been declared a deserter.
It was learnt that the police investigators were also trying to ascertain how Shuaibu worked his transfer to Lagos. The Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the incident. She said, “The policeman in question is facing an orderly room trial. At the end of the trial, he may be dismissed.”