A 35-year-old man, Bright Abraham has been killed by his landlord Gbade Metibemu in the Makoko area of Lagos State, on Thursday.
Lagos Metro gathered that Metibemu stabbed the Abia State indigene with a knife multiple of times, on his chest and neck during a disagreement.
Metibemu reportedly rushed to the Adekunle Police Station to report that his tenant was after him and wanted to kill him.
He was, however, detained at the station when angry neighbours of the deceased went to the station to report that Abraham had died at the hospital where he was taken to for treatment.
A tenant, who identified himself as Christian Nwankwo, said Metibemu was hot tempered, adding that he always fought with his tenants.
He said, “Abraham was well-behaved and good-mannered. He moved in four months ago, but the way he was relating to us was very pleasing and those were the attributes that endeared him to us. His room is beside the landlord’s. About a week ago, the landlord started complaining that he should stop putting his children’s cloth on the line. He also complained that his children’s feaces were disturbing him.
“He promised to kill him if he did not pack out of the house. The landlord’s wife, few days ago, was seen shouting in the neighbourhood that her husband had got a knife which he intended to use on a tenant. 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 the landlord stabbed him to death.
“Not more than 10 minutes after he left us to go to bed, we started hearing a noise. We rushed there immediately, but getting there, we discovered that he had been stabbed in the chest multiple times by the landlord. Blood was gushing out of his body. We rushed him to the Federal Medical Centre, Yaba, where he was confirmed dead.”
Meanwhile, 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 was threatening to stab him. He was showing them some injuries he said he sustained. However, the police tried to calm him because he was talking with anger. The police were taking his statements 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, quickly sneaked out and fled but the landlord was detained.”
An angry mob in protest demolished the suspect’s apartment and destroyed some of his property.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect had been transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence, Yaba.
“The corpse has been deposited at the FMC’s morgue for autopsy,” she added.