Men of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested one Babatunde Damilare for allegedly stabbing a commercial sex worker, one Elochukwu, to death in the Surulere area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that Damilare and Elochukwu had engaged in a fight over the amount to be paid for her service when the suspect used a knife to stab her in the neck.
He stated that Elochukwu died on the spot, adding that homicide detectives had arrested Damilare and would charge him.
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Elkana stated, “On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, around 11pm, the Surulere Police Station received information that a commercial sex worker, identified as Elochukwu, engaged her customer, Babatunde Damilare, in a fight over the price of sex at the Edo Inn, No. 17 Atan Street, Empire, Surulere. During the scuffle, the said Babatunde Damilare picked a knife and stabbed Elochukwu in her neck, which led to her death on the spot.
“The suspect was arrested by homicide detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer, Surulere, CSP Adebayo Adeoya. The corpse of the deceased was evacuated and deposited in the Mainland Hospital morgue, Yaba, for autopsy. An investigation is ongoing. The suspect will be charged.”
In another development, a 35-year-old man, Bunmi Adeyemi, has been arrested for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl in the Bariga area of the state.
Elkana said the suspect had confessed to the crime, adding that the victim had been taken to the Mirabel Centre for examination and treatment.
He said, “On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, around 4.15pm, the Bariga Police Station arrested one Bunmi Adeyemi, 35, of No. 8 Alhaji Alake Street, Bariga, for defiling a five-year-old girl. The suspect was arrested by a team of detectives from the Family Support Unit and has confessed to the crime.
“The victim was taken to the Mirabel Centre in Ikeja for treatment and forensic examination. The command’s Gender Unit has taken over the investigation and the suspect will be charged.”
Also, operatives of the Operation Crush unit of the command have arrested six suspected members of the Aiye Confraternity for terrorising the Bariga area of the state.
Elkana said the suspects, who were allegedly responsible for a series of murders and armed robberies in Bariga and environs, were arrested following sustained monitoring.
He added that the suspects had been on the wanted list of the police for the murder of one Fashola in the Pedro area.
Elkana said, “On Saturday, November 9, 2019, around 8.15pm, operatives of the Operation Crush arrested one Fatai Nofui, aka Itape, 28, and one Qudus Kazeem, aka, Bobo. The suspects were arrested in Ebute in Bariga, following sustained monitoring. They are members of the Aiye Confraternity with allegiance to their leader, one Mohammed, alias Obama, in Bariga. The gang is responsible for a series of violent attacks, armed robberies and murders in Bariga and environs.
“They are on the police wanted list for the murder of one Fashola on Sunday, November 3, 2019, in the Pedro area of Bariga. Exhibits recovered from them include an axe, an HTC phone, one Nokia phone, and one Itel phone that they snatched from one Amusa Bukola.
“Investigation led to the arrest of four other members of the gang, Muiyis Saraki, alias Bosingwa, 23; Lucky Sunday, 27; David Okpa, alias Na God, 29; and Taye Balogun, alias, Gbalagbala, 24. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged.”
Waziri was said to be conveying a female passenger to the Papa Ajao area of Mushin around 8.00 p.m., when the robbers attacked him.
They were said to have left immediately they shot him.
The victim narrated his experience, “I live at No. 35 Daudu Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi. I was robbed in traffic on the Apongbon Bridge, Lagos, on September 12, 2019, by two young men around 8pm. I was a Taxify (now Bolt) driver and I had a female passenger in the car. We were going to Papa Ajao, Mushin.
“One of the robbers pointed a gun at me; I was about giving him my phone, when he shot me in the face and collected the phone. The pellets shattered the window and hit me in my two eyes.
“The robbers ran away immediately I was shot. My passenger became scared and panicky. The next thing I noticed was that she disembarked from the vehicle and began calling for help as she was running away.
“I was bleeding profusely without help. I came down from the vehicle and shouted for help; nobody answered. After about five minutes, two policemen showed up.
“They were the ones who took me to the Military Hospital, Yaba, in my vehicle. One of the policemen drove us to the hospital. While driving, the other was busy holding me and saying kind words to me so that I wouldn’t give up.
“When we got there, I was given first aid to stabilise my condition.
“I lost vision immediately I was shot. After treatment, it is still the same, we are only hoping for God’s intervention. The vehicle belongs to my sister’s husband. I used to remit money to him pending when I would get the NYSC call-up letter.”
According to him, his brother-in-law has been supportive, and is always around for him.
Waziri noted that the doctors at the Eye Foundation, Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA, told him that if he had been treated earlier, he would have regained sight in his right eye.
He added, “I went for surgery at the Eye Foundation. Before then, I was being treated at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, and I was about to do the surgery at LASUTH, but there were delays there.
“It was through God’s help that we were able to do it at the Eye Foundation. And when we got there, we were told that if we had come for the surgery earlier, I would have been seeing with at least my right eye. LASUTH was just negligent and wasting time.
“What the doctors are saying now is that we can only hope for the best; what I know is that there is no vision now.”
Waziri noted that his nose was treated at LASUTH, adding that there were still pellets in his face and two teeth, as there were pellets logged in the gum.
He said the doctors told him that if he wanted to get permanent treatment for his damaged teeth, he would have to pay N350,000 for each.
Concerning the pellets in his face, he said the doctors advised him that any attempt to remove them would result in more damage, adding that his body would expel them naturally.