By Evelyn Usman
Operatives at the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department(SCID), Yaba, Lagos, have arrested a 22 year-old married woman who allegedly sent some thugs to beat up her boyfriend, only for them to end up killing him in his apartment at 91 Arobadade, in Bariga area of Lagos.
Also arrested alongside the woman identified as Mrs Tawa Rawan were Joshua Damilola, Akintude Sodiq, and 17 year-old Ismaila Riliwan, alleged to have been sponsored by Mrs Rawan.
During investigation, the mother of two, simply stated that the deceased , Ganiu Akeem slapped her during a quarrel and also made away with her proceeds from bread sales.
She told operatives that she hired the services of four men to help retrieve her money from Ganiu, stating emphatically that she did not send them to kill him. She however, admitted to have been in a clandestine relationship with the deceased.
“I swear I did not send them to kill him. I only said they should beat him and also collect my money from him, only to hear later that he was killed in the process. Ah! Had I known I would have left everything to God”, said the Oyo state born bread seller.
Asked why Ganiu was killed, one of the suspects, Damilola said, “ We never intended to kill him. We were there to demand why he beat up a woman like that. Instead of responding, he grabbed a bottle by the corner of his room, smashed it on the wall and stabbed me. Our intention was just to beat him as instructed by Mrs Ganiu. But when he stabbed me, I rushed to a nearby bakery and brought a cutlass. We had no choice than to use the cutlass on him”.
The late Ganiu as gathered, bled profusely following the matchet cuts inflicted all over his body. He was said to have been left in the pool of his own blood, without any help and later died following so much loss of blood.
Meanwhile, Ganiu’s family as gathered, is demanding for the release of his body for burial according to Muslim rites, while the police continues with their investigation. But the body as gathered, had been deposited at the Gbagada General Hospital Mortuary.
Sources at the SCID told Crime Alert that the suspects would be charged to court soon.