The Lagos state police command has
arrested a landlord, Gbade Metibemu, for
allegedly stabbing his tenant of four months
to death on Apollo street in the Makoko area
According to Punch reports, Mr Metibemu
stabbed Bright Adams to death for refusing
to vacate his apartment. They had been
having a disagreement for up to a week.
The source of their disagreement was
deciphered from the fact that the landlord
had warned the victim to stop soiling the
slum with the feces of his baby.
When the warning did not yield any result,
the suspect was reported to have threatened
to kill Abraham.
The disagreement reportedly came to a head
on Thursday, July 21, around 10pm, the
tenant who is a father of four, was preparing
to sleep when an argument ensued between
him and the landlord which degenerated into
Metibemu allegedly got a knife with which
he stabbed Abraham in the chest.
He then rushed to the Adekunle police
station to report that he had been injured by
He was, however, detained by the police
when they heard the news that Abraham had
died at the hospital where he was taken to
A man named Christian Nwankwo, said
Metibemu always fought his tenants.
He explained: "Abraham packed into the
house four months ago. He was well-behaved
and good-mannered and those were attributes
that endeared him to us. His room is beside
However, about a week ago, the landlord
started complaining that he should stop
spreading children clothes on the washing
line. He also complained about the feces of
his baby, which he said was soiling the
He started threatening him to leave or he
would kill him. We thought it was a joke."
Another resident, Ndubuisi Nkegba, said the
victim had excused himself from a chat to go
to bed that Thursday when he was stabbed.
Just about 10 minutes after he left us to go to
bed, we heard a noise. We rushed there and
saw that he had been stabbed in the chest
three times by the landlord. He was in a pool
of blood. We rushed him to the Federal
Medical Centre, Yaba, where he was confirmed
The landlord was said to have gone to the
Adekunle Police Station with a friend,
identified as Femi, to report the incident.
He told the police that his tenant stabbed him.
The police were taking his statement when
some friends of the deceased, who were
returning from the hospital, met him at the
station. They told the police that the tenant
was dead. The landlord's friend, Femi, fled,
but the landlord was detained."
It was learnt that the wife and children of
the victim had been taken to their family
Our correspondent was told that an angry
mob demolished the suspect's apartment
and destroyed some of his property.
The police public relations officer, SP Dolapo
Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that
the suspect had been transferred to the
State Department of Criminal Investigation
and Intelligence, Yaba.
The woman whose name was not revealed
had reportedly paid to the agents to live in
The accused are: Bamidele Doherty, 71;
Jubrin Yusuf, 47; Mathew Adeniyi, 39; and
Kehinde Adeleye, 35 and they are being tried
on a four-count charge including conspiracy,
fraud and stealing. The accused have
however, denied the charges.