Ayo Abimbola, a generator repairer, is in serious trouble for allegedly stabbing a security officer, Tochukwu Ejika, to death with a dagger at God's Own Estate in Ijanikin, Badagry area of Lagos State.
The deceased who was the Chief Security Officer (CSO), of the estate, met his untimely end when he confronted Abimbola on his mission in the estate and in the altercation that followed this request, Abimbola decided to answer the CSO with a fight and in the process, stabbed him to death after he first hit the CSO on the head with a plank for daring to question his moties in the private estate.
The Ikire, Osun State, born artisan however told police that it was Ejika that stabbed him first before he stabbed him to death.
"I repair generators for people in that estate and I have been doing the job since 2001. I had stayed in four different apartments but I was sent out of my last apartment because my landlord was always trying to interfere in my personal affair. He always complained that I beat my girlfriend.
My friend, Olokun, had invited me to repair his generator and I went to his house with some clothes because I planned to beg him to let me stay with him for a few days.
He was not at home, but I met his wife. After repairing the generator, I dropped the bag there and told his wife to explain to him that I would like to live with them for a while.
I went back to the area the next day to repair generators for some more people. It was when I finished that I went back to Olokun’s house to know if I could stay with him."
Abimbola further explained that on getting back to his friend's place, the wife told him that her husband was not favourably disposed to his request of staying with them and he had to leave the estate at about 8 pm only to be confronted by the CSO and he took out his frustrations on the man.
"I did not know he was the chief security officer and he did not tell me who he was. But when he said I should go back, I decided to approach him and explain what was happening to him.
He picked a plank and hit me in the head with it. I dragged the plank from him and stabbed him in the head too.
He became angry and picked a dagger and stabbed me in the elbow. In annoyance, I seized it from him and struck him in the stomach and he fell down."
The CSO died before help could come his way while Abimbola was arrested after residents of the estate alerted the Ijanikin Police Division after other security officers inn the area descended on him and beat him to a pulp.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, saying that the suspect has been transferred to the dreaded Department of Criminal Investigation, Panti.
"The incident happened on May 3. It was reported by a resident of God’s Own Estate. Investigations are ongoing and the suspect is in our custody."