53-year-old Mrs. Christiana Ashinwo, is one of the physical reminders of
the horror of Sunday, April 24, 2016.
sitting room of a house in Agbado area of Lagos, which she built with
the sweat and suffering of many years as a single mother and plank
vendor. Her head was bowed when our correspondent went to meet her.
were glazed with a faraway look that would easily giveaway the fact
that she could have witnessed trauma, great trauma that she obviously
had yet to recover from.
daughter killed before her presence, is enough to give her chills every
moment for the rest of her life. The horrific incident she witnessed and
survived few months ago in Kwara State remains so fresh on her mind.
30 how Mrs. Ashinwo and her daughter, 30-year-old Oluwatosin Ashinwo, an
employee of MTN in Ilorin, Kwara State were attacked by a
knife-wielding obsessed suitor of the young lady, 45-year-old David
extensive, as she spent many days in the emergency unit of a hospital in
Ilorin as doctors battled to save her life. She would later spend
another two months in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
cough that came out with each word, one would conclude that all was
still not well with the woman, who was left for dead in the pool of her
own blood in Ilorin that fateful day.
morsel of food and gulp of liquid passing through her knife-damaged
throat was nothing compared to the daily torment of thinking about how
she lost her first child, breadwinner, and daughter.
killer as he held the knife that later took my daughter’s life. I
thought kneeling would pacify him,” she said.
agony, climaxing at the moment she laid in a pool of her own blood and
tried with every ounce of her waning strength to crawl to where her
daughter laid lifeless.
brought me back. But I am sure I was dead that day. I tried to crawl and
touch my daughter but my strength failed. I could see she was not
breathing. There was blood everywhere; mine and my daughter’s,” she
spoke, he called me and introduced himself as Engineer David. He told me
he was my daughter’s friend and I should help him to appeal to my
daughter to marry him.
daughter was a 30-year-old woman. She was free to make her own decision
about who to marry.
angry. He said he had never been humiliated the way my daughter
humiliated him. It was few days after my daughter’s birthday. He said he
organised a birthday party for her and invited his friends and even
bought a car as gift but she did not honour the invitation.
already had a car and already has someone else she wanted to marry. I
told him not to be annoyed and forget about the issue since my daughter
had made up her mind.
some bad dreams about my daughter and became really concerned. I decided
that it was time to go and check on her to know how she was doing.
called again and said as soon as I get to Ilorin, he would come and
pick me at the park. I said nothing. But since I did not even know him I
went straight to my daughter’s place without calling him.
woman, who seemed to be her confidante. We ate and the woman told me
that my daughter had a fight with one man called Engineer David that day
and the man threatened to kill her.
told her I must report to the police. But my daughter told me to let the
matter go. She said I was just making a big issue out of a small
telling me some things some times. I let the matter go because I did not
want to be like an overzealous mother.”
without any hint about the danger that lurked in the shadow, she and her
daughter had just got home from somewhere that day. As they entered
Oluwatosin’s flat, Ogundele, who was said to be have been hiding around
the flat, cornered them in the flat.
locked the door behind him and put the key in his pocket. I had just
finished bathing when my daughter called out to me that he was in the
flat. I quickly dressed and prepared to meet the man that had been
disturbing me so much with calls. When I saw him, I said ‘Good day,
pleased to meet you’ and he replied that, ‘there is nothing good about
knife he was holding. I asked him what the problem was and he kept
quiet. I did not understand what was happening. He was saying so many
things I did not understand. I asked him if my daughter owed him
anything. I promised to pay back everything. He said she did not owe him
anything. He was just angry.
each other, it should not be that bad that it would require the use of a
knife. I told them they could still be friends. When I realised he had
no intension of dropping the knife, I went down on my knees. I was
begging him to drop the knife. Then, he came to where I knelt and
carried me up.
end, he rushed at Tosin and held her down on the bed. He started
stabbing her furiously. As my daughter screamed, I rushed at him. I
could not just stand and he stared stabbing me too over the body.”
Scars from stabbing on Mrs. Ashinwo’s back
Ashinwo had been stabbed at least 10 times in her torso, with the knife
going through her throat in the
the dying women lay, Ogundele, dropped his weapon, the bloody knife and
locked his victims in the room, Saturday PUNCH learnt.
kitchen behind her daughter’s window. The woman said she used the last
ounce of her strength to call the person, who later raised the alarm.
reported that Ogundele was arrested in Osun on Saturday, May 14, after
the police tracked him down with undercover agents.
not even contacted her to give evidence. She said she could not
understand why Ogundele has not been charged to court.
Police Command, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, said he did not have information
about the prosecution of the suspect when our correspondent called him.
update about the status of the case but had yet to do so as of the time
of filing this report.