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LASTMA Official Stabs Live-In Lover, Commits Suicide



Emmanuel Mekuri, an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, allegedly committed suicide after stabbing his live-in wife, Patricia Ogunshola, during an argument at their place of residence in Araromi, Morogbo state city.

Live News gathered an argument between them on infidelity that degenerated into a physical battle.

Out of rage, Emmanuel allegedly got hold of a knife and used it to stab Patricia in her right thigh, and she allegedly fled the house when the attack became intolerable.

Emmanuel subsequently reportedly stabbed himself in the stomach.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said an alarm raised by Patricia ‘s daughter attracted the attention of neighbors to the incident and the police were called, adding that when police arrived at the home, the remains of Emmanuel were discovered and the knife used to commit the was also retrieved.

He said Patricia had been taken to hospital for treatment, while the corpse of Emmanuel had been evacuated and deposited for autopsy in a mortuary.

Elkana said, “Around 1 pm on July 5, 2020, the Morogbo Police Station received a distress call from the Araromi Zoo area that one LASTMA staff, Emmanuel Mekuri, 47, stabbed his lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on her right thigh, with a Jack knife. The woman’s 13-year-old daughter, whom she had from a previous marriage, raised an alarm which drew neighbors’ attention to the scene.

“The girl claimed in her declaration that the deceased, whom she considered her stepfather, made further attempts to stab her mother in the head but ran out of the room rapidly. She confirmed that he stabbed himself in the stomach afterwards, with his intestines splashing out and he died on the spot.

“Homicide detectives retained the scene upon arrival at the scene and rushed the injured woman to the hospital for medical attention. She is in stable health at this time. The dead person’s body has been moved to the mortuary for autopsy. A blood-stained knife from the scene has been retrieved.

“Preliminary inquiry showed that in February 2020 the couple started cohabiting but they were not legally married.”

Elkana said police state commissioner Hakeem Odumosu had ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Department of Criminal and Intelligence, Panti, Yaba, for discreet investigation.




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