Lagos State Police are on the look out for two neighbors, identified only as Muhammed and Samuel, who stabbed a man to death during a quarrel in the Somolu area of the state.
According to reports, the victim, one Christian Ugbaka, was stabbed in the chest as he was trying to settle the fight between Muhammed and Samuel. The 25-year-old Ugbaka, was visiting a friend in the house at about 10pm last Tuesday, when he met Muhammed and Samuel arguing over Muhammed’s girlfriend, identified simply as Sahadatu.
He reportedly attempted to settle the fight, but was killed during the altercation. The suspects subsequently fled the area. The girlfriend, Sahadatu reported the matter to the Pedro Police Division, while the operatives took Ugbaka’s corpse to a morgue.
A police source said “It was the girlfriend, Sahadatu, who came to the police station to report that her lover, Muhammed, had stabbed a peacemaker to death.”
“On that evening, the occupants were sitting together in front of the house. Sahadatu’s younger sister, Aishat, was also with them. Samuel was said to have had an argument with Sahadatu, during which Samuel slapped Aishat and Sahadatu.
“Mohammed, the boyfriend, was angry and queried Samuel for harassing his girlfriend and her younger sister. It resulted in a scuffle. It was the victim, Ugbaka, who came in at the moment and tried to separate the two men. But suddenly, one of the men brought out a dagger and mistakenly stabbed Ugbaka in the chest. We believed that Muhammed inflicted the injuries because the dagger belonged to him.”
A resident of the area said Muhammed and Samuel fled the house since the day of the incident.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case had been transferred to the State Department of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation. “The man’s corpse was deposited at the morgue of the Lagos Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy. The case had been transferred to the Homicide Section of the SCIID for further investigation.” She said.