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Update 'I don't know why I killed her' - House guard confesses

Tanko Abdulateef has confessed that he had no reason to kill his boss who he stabbed four times, before fleeing to Bali, Taraba state.

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The suspect, Tanko Abdulateef play

The suspect, Tanko Abdulateef


Following his arrest for the murder of his boss, 50-year-old Mrs Mabel Mba Okafor, house guard, Tanko Abdulateef has confessed his reason for committing the crime.

The 22-year-old suspect who stabbed his boss four times in the stomach, ransacked her home and made away with three phones, clothes and jewels, escaped to Bali, Taraba State, where officers of the Lagos State police force, apprehended him.

While being paraded at the Police Command headquarters in Ikeja, Tanko confessed that he had no reason to kill his boss.

He admitted to stabbing the deceased with scissors and a knife he used in cutting flowers around the compound.

He said, “I was employed in August 2016; I had not yet stayed up to a month when the incident happened. She agreed to pay me N18,000 at the end of the month.

“On that Wednesday, she had asked me to cut the flowers. When I was done, I went inside my room. There were only three of us in the apartment.

“She called me and I went inside the sitting room. I was with the knife and the scissors I had just used to cut the flowers.

“A spirit just came upon me and I stabbed her. She shouted my name and that was when I became conscious of what I had done.

“She was bleeding profusely. I had stabbed her in her stomach four times. When I realised that I had killed my employer, I packed some of her valuables and ran to my village in Taraba State the following day. I sat down at the doorsteps all night. I could not enter my room.

“Some of our neighbours, who were alerted by my boss’ noise, came around and asked what had happened.

“I lied to them that we saw a snake and she screamed. So they went back. I don’t know why I killed her. Something just came upon me.

“I sold the three phones at N20,000 each in Taraba State because I needed money. I had not sold the clothes before I was arrested.

“My parents are dead, but I have two sisters. When I returned, I did not tell my family members anything. I didn’t kill her because of salary increment. We had both agreed on N18,000.”

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the incident, said that the suspect and another would be prosecuted when the on-going investigation came to an end.

“The phones, trinket and other valuables carted away have been recovered from the suspect.

”The scissors and the knife that he used were also recovered from him. There is another suspect and the two of them will be charged to court at the end of investigation.”

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