In Lagos 21-yr-old man reportedly stabs landlord to death

The hoodlums reportedly started a street fight on Olorogun Street, Odo Eran, in the Itire area of Lagos State on Tuesday, during which a 21-year-old stabbed a landlord, identified as Alawu Lateef, leading to his death.

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Elepo and Lateef after the stabbing play

Elepo and Lateef after the stabbing

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It has been reported that a 21-yr-old young man has stabbed a landlord to death in Lagos during a street fight involving hoodlums.

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The hoodlums reportedly started a street fight on Olorogun Street, Odo Eran, in the Itire area of Lagos State on Tuesday, during which a 21-year-old stabbed a landlord, identified as Alawu Lateef, leading to his death.

PUNCH Metro reports that the deceased landlord, Lateef, who was a father of three, had intervened in the fight, and asked the hoodlums to leave the area, when one of them, identified as Lati Elepo, stabbed him.

It was gathered that the father of three slumped, while residents arrested Elepo before he could escape with the other hoodlums.

Correspondent learnt that the hoodlums who were made up of six boys, had come from Osindero Street to meet one Balogun, who they claimed owed them about N30,000.

According to the reports, when the hoodlums did not meet Balogun at home, they started to make trouble on the street.

The landlord, Lateef, who worked as a panel beater, was said to have asked Elepo to leave the area with his gang members when the hoodlum stabbed him in the chest.

Friends and family members are said to have rushed the landlord to a private hospital in the area, from where he was referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, where he was later confirmed dead.

His corpse was afterwards brought to the Itire division, where the matter is said to have been reported.

A neighbour, who identified himself simply as Rashidi, said Lateef did not have any business with the miscreants, but only tried to pacify them when Elepo stabbed him in the chest.

Rashidi went on to explain:

“It was at about 11am when these boys from Osindero stormed our street. They are teenagers. They are not cultists. They said Balogun owed them N30,000 which they must collect from him.

“Lateef did not want such commotion on the street. So, he came out to caution them to take things calmly. The one who stabbed him was drunk.

“While Lateef spoke with them, the suspect went to a shop of an artisan who sharpens knives and other metals, grabbed about three knives and stabbed Lateef on the chest. Resident arrested him and dragged him to the police station while other hoodlums ran away.”

The landlord’s wife is said to have been too distraught to talk as of the time of visit from Punch Metro but another neighbour, who spoke on the grounds of anonymity had this to say:

“Lateef was a nice man. His wife gave birth to their third child just two months ago. If Balogun was around, Lateef would not have intervened in the rampage.”

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It was later gathered that policemen visited the street in the evening and raided other suspected hoodlums lurking in the area.

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