Lagos landlord kills tenant of four months

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Samson Folarin

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a
landlord, Gbade Metibemu, for allegedly stabbing
his tenant of four months, Bright Abraham, to
death on Apollo Street in the Makoko area of the
state.
Shoe week
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.

When the warning did not yield any result, the
suspect was reported to have threatened to kill
Abraham.
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.
Metibemu was alleged to have got a knife with
which he stabbed Abraham in the chest.
He allegedly rushed to the Adekunle Police Station
to report that he had been injured by his tenant.
He was, however, detained when news filtered in
that Abraham had died at the hospital where he
was taken to for treatment.
A resident, who identified himself as Christian
Nwankwo, said Metibemu always fought his
tenants.
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.”
Another resident, Ndubuisi Nkegba, said 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 confirmed dead.”
The landlord was said to have gone to the
Adekunle Police Station with a friend, identified as
Femi, to report the incident.
“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.”
It was learnt that the wife and children of the victim
had been taken to their family house.
an eye witness said that an angry mob
demolished the suspect’s apartment and destroyed
some of his property.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo
Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that the
suspect had been transferred to the State
Department of Criminal Investigation and
Intelligence, Yaba.

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