LASTMA Official Stabs Wife, Commits Suicide In Lagos

Funke Busari, Lagos

An official of Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASTMA has allegedly stabbed his lover and killed himself at Morogbo area of Lagos.

Police officers at the Morogbo police station on Sunday July 5, 2020, around 1:00 p.m received a distress call from Zoo area, Araromi that one Emmanuel Mekuri, 47 years old, a LASTMA personnel stabbed his lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on her right thigh, with a Jack knife.

A statement by Lagos State Police Spokesman, SP Bala Elkana, a Superintendent of Police stated that “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.
The girl in her statement 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.
“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 body of the deceased person was evacuated to mortuary for autopsy. A blood stained knife was recovered from the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple started cohabiting in February, 2020, but not legally married.

“There was a protracted argument between the couples that degenerated into physical assault purported to have arose from allegations bothering on infidelity on the part of the man”.

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti, Yaba under the watch of DCP Yetunde Longe for discreet investigation.

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