Nigeria: A drug addict was arrested for fatally stabbing a cleric in Lagos
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
A 30-year-old man who goes by the name David is accused of stabbing Akeem Ojiwusi to death near Odekeye Close in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State. Ojiwusi was a religious leader.
PUNCH Metro learned that David liked to engage in a variety of criminal activities when he was drunk, and that his actions frequently caused conflict with his neighbors.
Ojiwusi’s relative, who went by the name Sefiu on the fateful day of the crime, claimed that he was at home when the cleric sent him to buy some drugs for Ojiwusi’s treatment.
While en route to get the medications, Sefiu told our reporter that he unexpectedly began hearing Ojiwusi shouting for help, adding that he ran back and saw David, who seemed, by all accounts, to be acting affected by hard medications, wounding the pastor more than once.
He stated, “He (Ojiwusi) sent me to buy some drugs for him. When I got to the gate, I heard a scream from our compound and ran back to see David stabbing my uncle.”
Adeleke Sulaimon, Ojiwusi’s friend, told our correspondent that neighbors who witnessed the attack told him that Ojiwusi was pleading for help as he was rushed to the hospital.
He stated, “Some of the people who assisted David’s mother in rushing him to the hospital told me that Ojiwusi was screaming in pain and saying David had stabbed him.” He was shouting Allah, Allah in addition to saying, “I don’t want to die.”
“In point of fact, as we speak, David’s mother is using Ojiwusi’s phone, and we have been attempting to reach her as well because she also fled following the incident. Since Sunday, we have not been able to see any of their relatives.
Kayode Abdulrasheed, a relative of Ojiwusi, stated that David was one of his late cousin’s neighbors and that he was at home when he learned of his cousin’s death.
He stated, “I was at home on Sunday night when I received a call that my cousin had been stabbed to death by one of the children of his neighbours where he lived in Abule Egba.” He said that his cousin lived in Abule Egba. I inquired further, and I was informed that David, the person who stabbed him, regularly consumes the drug “Colorado,” which causes him to act irrationally.
“It was still his mother who reported the case to the police at the New Oko Oba Police Station before we even got there on Monday, and the police arrested David because she does not want people to take the law into their own hands and deal with her son. The police did this because she does not want people to do that. The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department from the Oko Oba Police Station.
“I even learned that he once attempted to rape his sister, but only after my cousin and other neighbors heard her scream and had to save her from him intervened. According to what I was told, David’s mother and a few good Samaritans carried my cousin to the hospital as well. However, we were told along the way that he died from bleeding from the attack.
The departed’s better half, Fatima, while requesting equity, said she was not at home when the suspect executed the wrongdoing.
She said, “It was one of our family members, Sefiu, who called me after he (Ojiwusi) had passed on and portrayed the entire make a difference to me. I am now divorced.
Our correspondent learned that the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in the Ikeja region of the state had received Ojiwusi’s body.
Benjamin Hundeyin, the state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident.
He stated, “On Sunday, there was a reported case of a stabbing that resulted in the death of a man, Akeem Ojiwusi, by one David. The police have arrested the suspect, and the investigation is still ongoing.”
“In terms of being under the influence of drugs, we are unable to determine that; however, we do know that one person stabbed another person to death and that our men have arrested the suspect. It would be the suspect’s turn in court.