Woman settles dispute by slitting her neighbour's throat

A woman has been arrested after she killed her neighbour during an argument.

The deceased, Rose

Helen Okeke is currently being held by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly killing her neighbour during an argument.

The incident, which happened in Ikota, Ajah, Lagos, saw Helen slit the throat of her neighbour, Rose, over an argument about who poured urine on Rose's cloths and spread them on the entrance to her room.

Information gathered reveals Rose had been preparing for her wedding and had returned from work to find the clothes at her door post reeking with urine.

She went on to report to her landlady, Alhaja Iyabo Hamzat, who pacified her and offered to give her money to buy detergent to wash the clothes.

It wasn't long after that neighbours heard Rose’s cry for help on the corridor.

The suspect was seen by neighbours holding the deceased by the neck, with a bloodstained kitchen knife in her hand.

Rose died before she could be rushed to a nearby hospital.

The matter was reported to the Ajah Police Division, Ajiwe, and Helen was arrested.

According to reports, Alhaja Hamzat said she had served a notice to Okeke, commonly known as Mama Chinedu, on several occasions to pack out of the house, adding that the suspect refused to leave.

She said:

“At about 5pm that day, Rose came to my apartment. She said she came to report Iya Chinedu.

She said when she returned from her workplace, she found her curtain, towel and other clothes drenched with urine. She said she suspected that it was Iya Chinedu who poured the substance on her clothes.

I begged Rose and told her that I would give her money to buy detergent to wash the clothes. She had hardly returned to her room when we heard screams of ‘help help!’ We all rushed there and we saw Rose in a pool of blood with Iya Chinedu holding a bloodstained knife.

With shock, we rushed Rose to a hospital, but she died on the way.

Iya Chinedu moved into my house just last year. She moved in with her son. The son later left, saying she was fed up with her mother. I had served her quit notices on several occasions, but she refused to move out.

I went to the police at Ikota to report her, but the policemen there said they would not meddle in landlord-tenants’ affairs.

Another resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Okeke had been moody before that day.Another resident in the area, identified only as Blessing, said after Okeke had stabbed her neighbour, some angry youths beat her up.She said,

Mama Chinedu did not show any remorse at all. Some boys became angry and beat her up.

Everyone was shocked, and wanted to find out what offence was committed that made Okeke to stab the young lady.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident. He added that the matter would be transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, for further investigation. He said,

“The police visited the scene and removed the corpse to a public morgue in Yaba.

The suspect has also been arrested. She will be transferred to the SDCI after the police have concluded their preliminary investigations.”


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