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Friday, April 29, 2016

Tenant beats landlord’s wife to death in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a
resident of Shobowale Street in the Alagbado
area of the state, Victoria Alaba, for allegedly
killing the wife of her landlord during a scuffle.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the deceased, Mrs.
Amosa Ogunyemi, had ordered Alaba and other
tenants not to wash dirty clothes at a section on
the premises as the compound was being
messed up.

It was said that the suspect ignored the order
and was washing on the premises on Saturday
when Ogunyemi approached her and told her to
vacate the spot.
Our correpondent gathered that Alaba declined
the directive, causing an altercation between the
two.

A source close to the family told PUNCH Metro
that Alaba, said to be in her 30s, pounced on the
deceased and beat her up, while another
resident said they engaged in a scuffle during
which Ogunyemi gave up the ghost.
It was learnt that the landlord’s wife, who was
said to be in her late 50s, was rushed to a
hospital in the area, but was pronounced dead
on arrival.

The source, who declined to mention his name,
said, “The landlord’s wife had warned on several
occasions that tenants should stop washing
clothes at the spot, but Victoria (Alaba) did not
listen. On Saturday, she chose to wash her dirty
clothes at the spot again. The landlord’s wife
walked up to her and told her to leave the spot.
She refused and they started exchanging words.

“She pounced on Amosa (Ogunyemi) and pushed
her to the ground. The woman became
unconscious and was rushed to a nearby
hospital, but she died. The tenant has been
arrested by policemen from the Alagbado
division.”

However, a resident of the area, who identified
himself simply as Adamu, said the argument
between the two women led to a fight.

“I was not there, but I was told that it was a fight
and the woman (Ogunyemi) was overpowered by
the tenant. She died in the process,” he added.
Other residents approached by our
correspondent, who visited the neighbourhood
on Wednesday, refused to speak on the issue.
In the deceased’s residence, a one storeyed-
building, some sympathisers gathered under a
tent outside, while others were with the
husband of the late woman in a living room.
The distraught widower and a relative said the
matter had been amicably resolved and called
one of the deceased’s children, identified as
Kazeem, to speak to our correspondent.

The son told PUNCH Metro that the family
members were not interested in taking any
legal action against the suspect, adding that his
mother had been buried according to Islamic
rites.

He said, “We have resolved the matter and the
police have released her corpse to us. We don’t
have any comment on how the incident
happened. All we are going to say is that
everything is settled. Thank you.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer,
SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident in a
text message, adding that the suspect was
transferred to the State Department of Criminal
Investigation, Yaba, for further investigation.
She said,
“The Commissioner of Police, Fatai
Owoseni, has ordered the case to be transferred
to the SDCI for discreet investigation. The name
of the tenant is Victoria Alaba while that of the
deceased is Amosa Ogunyemi.”

Source: THE PUNCH

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