LASTMA officer Emmanuel Mekuri stabs himself to death in Lagos

A 47-year-old LASTMA officer identified as Emmanuel Mekuri has allegedly stabbed himself to death on Sunday morning, July 5, in Lagos State.

We learnt that Emmanuel Mekuri who worked with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) killed himself after stabbing his 37-year-old lover, identified as Patricia Ogunshola.

The shocking incident took place in their apartment in the Araromi area of Lagos State.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana said on Sunday, at about 1.00 am, the Morogbo Police Station received a distress call from Zoo area, Araromi that one Emmanuel Mekuri, 47, a LASTMA personnel stabbed his lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on her right thigh, with a Jack knife.

Read the full statement from the police below:

“Alarm was raised by the 13-year-old daughter of the woman (whom she got 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 on the head but she quickly ran out of the room.

“That he subsequently stabbed himself on the stomach, his intestines gushed out and he died on the spot. On arrival at the scene, homicide detectives preserved the crime scene and rushed the injured woman to the hospital for medical attention. She is currently in stable condition.

“The corpse of the deceased person has been evacuated to a mortuary for autopsy. A blood-stained knife was recovered from the scene and preliminary investigation revealed that the couple started cohabiting in February 2020, but not legally married.

“There was a protracted argument between the couple that degenerated into physical assault purported to have arisen from allegations bothering on infidelity on the part of the man.

“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation.

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