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How I was attacked by my landlord’s son – Tiwa Bankole

By Evelyn Usman

The female artist , Tiwa Bankole who was Monday stabbed in the neck by her landlord’s son, one Tobi Obadina, yesterday, recounted how she was almost sent to an unprepared grave.

Wearing an expression of disbelief, T Banks as she is popularly known, revealed that her assailant had been threatening her for long.

“He apparently made do his threat”, she stated from her hospital bed in Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos, where she is receiving treatment .

*T Bank with brother, Olaniyi , also stabbed by assailant

Hear her “ everybody in the area knows Tobi as a hot tempered person. I have been living in the compound for seven years and have never had a  quarrel with anyone. It still baffles me why he chose to pick on me because Tobi does not live in the same building with us. He only used to visit us bescuase he  was a friend of one of my brothers, Olaniyi.

It all started some months back when I wanted to use the toilet. On that day, he blocked my way and threatened to beat me up. I reported him to my father who went to his father. But to my surprise his father said I was telling a lie that his son had not been around for three years. His father even claimed that perhaps I was having an affair with Tobi. Can you beat that? How can I, when I am ten years older than him.

On the day he stabbed me, I was going to fetch water when he accosted me and started insulting me. I ignored him .

“He started saying he would get married very soon while I would remain single yet I still not say a word. I went inside and he followed me. To the surprise of all, he poured the water into our room through the window. Later that evening, he barged into my room with a knife. He  stabbed my brother in the hand  but he managed to escape. Then I was left all alone with him. He stabbed me repeated and help was far from coming.

“While stabbing me he said no one could arrest him that I should do my worst . He boasted that since his father was a retired police officer and his mother a serving police woman  nobody could do anything to him”

But his father, Mr Ebenezer, said he had nothing to do with the incident, saying he had been warning his son to stay away from trouble.

Tobi , is still being detained at  the State Criminal Investigation Department.


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