LASTMA Official Stabs Lover, Commits Suicide Over Alleged Infidelity

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 06 – An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Emmanuel Mekuri, has allegedly stabbed his live-in lover and committed suicide at Morogbo area of Lagos.

It was gathered that the police received a distress call around 1 pm on Sunday that 47-year-old, Mekuri from Zoo area, Araromi in Badagry Local Government stabbed Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on her right thigh with a knife.

An argument which escalated into physical assault was said to have ensued after Ogunshola accused her partner of infidelity.

In a statement, Lagos State Police spokesman, Bala Elkana was quoted saying “Alarm was raised by the 13 years old daughter of the woman (whom she got from a previous marriage), which drew the attention of neighbours to the scene.”

The girl explained that the deceased, whom she referred to as her stepfather, made further attempts to stab her mother on the head but she quickly ran out of the room.

 “He subsequently stabbed himself on the stomach, his intestines gushed out and he died on the spot. On arrival at the scene, homicide detectives preserved the crime scene and rushed the injured woman to the hospital for medical attention”, the statement read.

Elkana confirmed that Patricia is currently in stable condition and the body of the deceased was evacuated to a mortuary for autopsy. He added that a blood-stained knife was recovered from the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple started cohabiting in February 2020, but not legally married.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti, Yaba under the watch of DCP Yetunde Longe for discreet investigation.

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