Tragedy struck in the Ajegunle, Apapa area of Lagos State, after a 20-year-old woman, Gift Wahab, stabbed her lover, Ebi Amade, 28, to death. It was learnt that the incident occurred at the couple’s residence on Fasasi Street, Ajegunle, Apapa, on Thursday, March 19. Wahab, who hailed from Uromi, Edo State, had been living with Ebi since 2013, after she dropped out of secondary school. Ebi hailed from Bayelsa State. The two reportedly had a kid in 2014, who died in December after a brief sickness.
It was learnt that the couple had gone on an outing on Thursday when an argument ensued in the afternoon over feeding money. Wahab, a hairdresser, was said to have stabbed the 28-year-old to death after they got home. Policemen from the Layeni division were alerted by neighbours and she was subsequently arrested. The suspect said she did not intend to kill her lover, adding that she acted in anger. She said:
“We have been together since 2013. My father died and I dropped out of school when I was in SSS 3, and that was when we started dating. On Thursday, we went out for an event. As we were returning home, I said he should hand me the key to the house and my feeding allowance, but he said no. He explained that he had no money for our feeding.
“Then he started to abuse me. I told him I was going home, and that he should not bother about the money again. That was how he punched me in the face and attacked me while we were still on the road.
“I left him and went to look for a hammer, which I used to break the door. That night, when he came in, I was still angry. I got a knife which I used to stab him. I didn’t intend to kill him. I was just annoyed over what happened in the afternoon.”
It was gathered that neither the victim’s relatives nor the suspect’s had learnt about the incident. However, the corpse of the victim had been deposited in a mortuary in the area. A police source revealed that Ebi was stabbed to death on the right side of the neck. He added that the police had also recovered the knife used to commit the crime. He said:
“The couple met each other at a night club in 2013 and had been dating since then. They were not legally married. They went out on Thursday and probably got drunk in the process. When they returned, there was an argument and a fight began.
“The suspect ran to the kitchen and grabbed a knife. She stabbed her lover in the right side of the neck, and he was rushed to a hospital, where he died.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, adding that the matter had been transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigations for further investigation. He said:
“The case has been transferred to the SDCI for further investigation, while the suspect is in our custody.”