Guard who killed employer in Ajah, Lagos arrested in Taraba

The suspect Tanko Abdulateef

The suspect Tanko Abdulateef

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Tanko Abdulateef, a 22-year-old security guard, who allegedly killed his employer, Mabel Mba Okafor, in Ajah area of the state on August 17, 2016.

The suspect, who was arrested in Bali, Taraba State, was said to have stabbed Okafor, a Bureau De Change operator, to death.

The 50-year-old Okafor, was found dead in the pool of her blood in her room at Close 9, House J68B, Ajah Lekki.

It was also gathered that the suspect took away valuable items from the victim, including three phones, trinkets, money and a lot of clothes, all of which were recovered from him.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state command, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest, adding that the suspect would be charged to court after investigation.

Giving a background of the crime, Badmos said: “On August 17, 2016, there was a murder of one Mrs. Mabel Mba Okafor. She was killed and the policemen went there and discovered that the house had been ransacked and property carted away.

“The woman had a house guard but the guard was nowhere to be found. The body of the victim was examined and it was noticed that she was stabbed and her stomach ripped open.

“The body was moved to the mortuary and policemen from the division did necessary scene of crime investigations, while the matter was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

The Commissioner of Police also called on the Decoy Team of the Rapid Response Squad in charge of Tracking and tasked them to deal with the matter as well.

“They were able to identify the suspect to be the guard of the victim, who they tracked to Bali in Taraba State.

After about three days in Bali, they were able to recover some of the phones stolen from the victim before eventually arresting the suspect where he was hiding.”

Badmos also confirmed that three phones, trinkets and the victim’s clothes were recovered from the suspect, adding that he has been brought back to Lagos.

While reiterating the capacity of the police to deal with criminals and any crime situation in the state, Badmos said people should be rest assured that any crime committed in Lagos will be thoroughly investigated and culprit brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the suspect has been handed over to the SCID, Panti Street at Yaba, for further investigation, while he will be charged to court at the end of investigation.

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