of four months, Bright Abraham, to death on Apollo Street in the Makoko
area of the state.
Metibemu attacked the 35-year-old Abia State indigene with a knife for
refusing to vacate his plank apartment after a week-long disagreement. The suspect had warned the victim to stop soiling the slum with the faeces of his baby.
Last Thursday, around 10pm, the father of four was
preparing to sleep when an argument ensued between him and the landlord
which degenerated into a fight.
He said, “Abraham packed into the house
four months ago. He was well-behaved and good-mannered and those were
attributes that endeared him to us. His room is beside the landlord’s.“However, about a week ago, the landlord
started complaining that he should stop spreading children clothes on
the washing line. He also complained about the faeces of his baby, which
he said was soiling the house.“He started threatening him to leave or he would kill him. We thought it was a joke.”
the victim had excused himself from a chat to go to bed that Thursday
when he was stabbed.
“Just about 10 minutes after he left us
to go to bed, we heard a noise. We rushed there and saw that he had been
stabbed in the chest three times by the landlord. He was in a pool of
blood. We rushed him to the Federal Medical Centre, Yaba, where he was
“He told the police that his tenant
stabbed him. The police were taking his statement when some friends of
the deceased, who were returning from the hospital, met him at the
station. They told the police that the tenant was dead. The landlord’s
friend, Femi, fled, but the landlord was detained.”
Punch Newspaper reports that an angry mob demolished the suspect’s apartment and destroyed some of his property.