A 50-year-old woman was stabbed to death on Saturday, August 20, at her home at House J68B, Close 9, VGC, Ajah Lagos.
According to the spokesperson of the Lagos state police command, Dolapo Badmos who confirmed the incident, she disclosed that the woman, whose identity is being concealed, was stabbed on her stomach in the early hours of the day and was found dead in a pool blood.
According to Vanguard, after the intervention of the police, it was discovered that the deceased Mabel Okafor was allegedly murdered by her gateman, following an argument over the latter’s salary.
The gate man was said to have resumed work about two months ago and was brought by the deceased’s former gate man.
However, a resident who did not want his name in print said,
“Nobody knew that the woman was dead until last Friday. We learnt that she was stabbed last Wednesday, but it was not until her church members visited on Friday that they found her decomposing body. The gate of the building was only bolted, but not locked when the church members came. One of them said they became apprehensive after several calls to her mobile telephone indicated that her line was switched off, prompting them to pay her a visit, only to be welcome with a stench from her room. Her body was found on the floor of the sitting room downstairs, with a knife protruding out of her stomach.”
Narrating why the gateman stabbed his boss, one of the neighbours disclosed that,
“They said he claimed he was being paid N20, 000 but demanded for an increase of N10,000 but the woman refused. The fleeing gate man was quoted by some gate men here to have argued that he usually washed his madam’s car and also swept the compound.”
Another resident, who simply gave his name as Goke said,
“Police have not been able to get the gate man since the incident occurred, neither have they been able to reach the one that brought him. In fact, the gate man went away with her phone. We have been warned several times to employ private guards from registered security companies, but some landlords here do not heed the advice. Had the fleeing gate man been employed from a registered company, it would have been easy for police to get him. How can one who owned a property worth about N300 million not be able to employ the services of a registered security agents, but chose to go for cheap labour?”