An Islamic cleric, Alfa Ganiyu Umaru, is being detained by the police for allegedly killing his landlord in a single-storeyed constructing in Agbotikuyo bus cease, Ipaja, Lagos State.
That is simply as kinfolk and mates of the forty five-yr-previous sufferer, Tajudeen Popoola, stated they’d but to come back to phrases with the truth of his loss of life.
We learnt that Umaru, who hails from Ilorin, Kwara State, and Tajudeen had been at loggerheads for a while over Umaru’s alleged immoral behaviour.
He was mentioned to have criticised the cleric for ingesting and performing rituals on the bottom that such acts contravened Islamic doctrines. It was stated the criticism often resulted in alternate of phrases between each.
The matter, nevertheless, got here to a head when Tajudeen returned from a soccer viewing centre round 8pm on Sunday and reportedly met Umaru and his mates consuming alcohol in entrance of the constructing.
The owner was mentioned to have rebuked the suspect, resulting in an altercation after which they each retired to their respective residences.
The deceased’s brother, Azeez Popoola, mentioned Umaru got here to Tajudeen’s condominium a couple of minutes later and attacked him with a shard of damaged glass.
He mentioned, “Alfa normally quarreled with my brother as a result of he used to appropriate his excesses. Any time they’d a disagreement, he would threaten to kill my brother. On Sunday, he made good his risk.
“In all places was darkish that night. He sneaked into the passage the place my brother was resting on a bench. Alfa didn’t know I used to be resting at a nook within the passage. I out of the blue heard my brother scream and earlier than I knew what was taking place, blood was gushing out from his neck whereas Alfa fled.
“I went after him and with the assistance of neighbours, he was apprehended and the shard was recovered from him. We rushed my brother to the Ile Epo Normal Hospital; however earlier than we bought there, he had misplaced loads of blood. He died a couple of minutes later. Alfa stabbed him in three totally different locations within the neck.”
Azeez, who described Tajudeen as a diligent mechanic, mentioned he had by no means fought the suspect though the cleric owed him two-yr hire.
“He’s a widower. His solely daughter lives within the East. The daughter and our ageing mom had not been knowledgeable of his loss of life,” he added.
Our correspondent, who visited the residence on Tuesday, discovered bloodstains on the staircase and partitions, whereas Umaru’s paraphernalia, together with a horn and a black pot, was seen on the entrance to his condominium.
It was gathered that his spouse and youngsters had fled instantly the incident occurred.
Tajudeen’s pal, David Aluko, mentioned, “I’m devastated. I can’t nonetheless consider that my buddy is gone endlessly. The entire thing nonetheless seems to me as a film. We each returned from the viewing centre that day and he informed Alfa to cease ingesting exterior the constructing.
“Alfa mentioned Tajudeen’s remark embarrassed him and he threatened to kill the owner. I used to be discussing with individuals outdoors after I heard Azeez shouting upstairs that Alfa had stabbed his brother. Tajudeen was type to all people.”
A tenant, who recognized himself solely as Quadri, stated Tajudeen was beneficiant to him and different tenants, urging the police to make sure that Umaru confronted the total weight of the regulation.
“I stay in his home in Dopemu. The final time I paid lease was 2014. I defined my challenges to him and he stated I shouldn’t fear. He helped individuals lots. There have been events he gave tenants cash from the lease they paid,” he added.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, had but to answer to a textual content message despatched to her cell phone line as of press time.
Nonetheless, a police supply advised our correspondent that the suspect had been transferred to the State Legal Investigation and Intelligence Division, Yaba.
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