LASTMA Official commits suicide after stabbing live-in Lover

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Emmanuel Mekuri, an officer of Lagos state Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has allegedly committed suicide after stabbing his live-in lover Patricia Ogunshola in the thigh.

According to neighbours, Emmanuel had gotten into a heated argument with his lover whom he accused of infidelity.

They were engaged in a shouting match when all of a sudden, Emmanuel pulled a knife and stabbed Patricia in the thigh. Patricia who saw her lover was enraged quickly ran for her dear life.

Seeing what he had done, the LASTMA Official allegedly stabbed himself in the stomach.He stabbed himself so deep, his intestines spilled from his body.

13-year-old Patricia’s daughter who saw the gory crime scene raised alarm attracting the attention of neighbours.

The incident was immediately reported to the Morogbo Police station. Officers who rushed to the crime scene found the lifeless body of the LASTMA Official and recovered the suicide weapon.

Patricia was also taken to a hospital for medical treatment while the security operatives dumped the body of the deceased at a mortuary where an autopsy will be conducted to ascertain cause of death.

Bala Elkana, Spokesperson of Lagos state Police Command has released a statement regarding the homicide.

Elkana said, “On July 5, 2020, around 1pm, the Morogbo Police Station received a distress call from the Zoo area in Araromi that one Emmanuel Mekuri, 47, a LASTMA personnel, stabbed his lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on her right thigh, with a Jack knife. An alarm was raised by the 13-year-old daughter of the woman, who she had from a previous marriage, which drew the attention of neighbours to the scene.

“In her statement, the girl stated that the deceased person, whom she referred to as her stepfather, made further attempts to stab her mother in the head but she quickly ran out of the room. She reported that he subsequently stabbed himself in the stomach, with his intestines gushing out and he died on the spot.

““On arrival at the scene, homicide detectives preserved the crime scene and rushed the injured woman to hospital for medical attention. She is currently in a stable condition. The corpse of the deceased person was evacuated to the mortuary for autopsy. A blood-stained knife was recovered from the scene.

““Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple started cohabiting in February 2020, but they were not legally married.”

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