The Ogun State Police has arrested a 23-year-old resident of Owode-Ijako, in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, Salaudeen Issa, for reportedly killing his lover Kemi Ilo, at the height of their recurring violence.
It was gathered that the murder suspect reportedly inflicted an injury on Kemi’s head with a cutlass around 4am on Sunday and left her in a pool of blood. The attack on Kemi was caused by the disagreement between them a few days before the attack, which made Kemi’s mother warn the suspect on Saturday to stay away from her daughter.
Issa who vowed to deal with his lover, fulfilled his threat when she slept at her friend’s apartment on Saturday to avoid trouble. The murder suspect reportedly sneaked into the room, attacked her with a cutlass and fled.
Confirming the incident, a resident who identified himself simply as Femi told Punch’s correspondent, that the 25-year-old woman was taken to two hospitals before she gave up the ghost on the way to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos.
“The lovers have a history of violence. They would fight and reconcile again. There was a time that they had a disagreement. He went to her house in anger, but did not meet her. He peeped from the window and saw her child sleeping on a bed close to the window.
“He tore the window net with a razor blade and used the blade to slice the child’s back. He was reported to a community leader who mediated between the parties.
“When they fought again last week, her mother called him on the telephone and told him that she did not want to see him with her daughter again. It was on Sunday morning I learnt that she was attacked and the family said he was responsible for it.
“She was rushed to a private hospital from where she was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos. She was being taken to LUTH in an ambulance when she died” he said.
A Police source who on the other hand confirmed Issa’s arrest, disclosed that Kemi’s mother, Tawakalitu Ilo, had received a call from her daughter’s friend, Mariam, around 4am that she was attacked.
The source, however, said Mariam changed her statement at the police station, claiming that she was not at home when the incident happened.