Nigeria: Man stabs elder brother to death over missing torch in Lagos

Tragedy struck at the early hours of yesterday in Charity area of Oshodi, Lagos, after a man allegedly stabbed his eldest brother to death during a fight over his missing torch.

The incident which threw residents of 6, Adelaja street, off Afariogun Street, into panic, occurred at about 2a.m.

It was gathered that there had been a lingering quarrel between the siblings identified as Mayowa Adelaja (50) and Aderemi Adelaja who is in his 40s. However, yesterday’s situation took a violent dimension as it led to the death of Mayowa.

Trouble started at about 12 midnight when the alleged killer, Aderemi, charged at his eldest brother, Mayowa, who lay at the veranda, accusing him of stealing his torch light. Apparently regarding the accusation as an insult from his younger brother, Mayowa reportedly drew the attention of their mother , who was sleeping, to the accusation.

Entreaties by their mother to both aggrieved children to calm down, fell on deaf ears as they engaged in fisticuffs which woke other tenants from sleep. Eye witnesses said Mayowa hit Aderemi with a rod twice and in retaliation, Aderemi rushed into the room , brought out a knife and allegedly stabbed his elder brother in the stomach.

On noticing the magnitude of his action, Aderemi fled the scene, abandoning dying Mayowa in the pool of his blood.

Confirming the incident, spokes person for the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmus said the alleged assailant was still on the run, adding that the case had been transferred to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department , SCIID.
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