Officers from the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a naval rating with no 815/448, Yusuf Owolabi, aged 24, for allegedly stabbing a woman, Taibat Badru, to death in Egan, a riverine community in the Ojo council area of Lagos State
The Naval rating, is said to be the son of a factional traditional ruler in the community, allegedly stabbed the woman with a knife on Friday over traditional tittle scuffle.
The 55 year old has been confirmed dead at a general hospital.Investigation gathered that the suspect was arrested by policemen attached to the Ilemba Hausa Division on Saturday and was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
It was learnt that an aide to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly had petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who ordered the arrest of the suspect.
A source within the community said the incident was caused by a tussle for the position of the baale of the village, lost by the suspect’s father, Moshood, to a member of the deceased’s family.
The tussle reportedly morphed into a serious feud between members of the two families against one another.
According to a source, the suspected killer Naval rating, who was recently deployed in Lagos from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, arrived in the village in company with a friend.
The source added that the suspect, who was armed with a knife, got himself drunk before he picked a fight with the son of the deceased woman, named Quadri.
Quadri reportedly invited his mother into the clash and the woman was stabbed to death.
The source said, “The family members of Moshood and his rival always fight one another. There was a time the house of Moshood was burnt down to the ground by the people of the village over this matter.
“But the fight that led to the death of the woman started between the naval man and Quadri, who is the son of the deceased.
“Quadri ran into their house to inform his mother about the scuffle and as the mother rushed out, the suspect brought out his dagger and stabbed her in the back.