Update on the 50 year old woman stabbed to death at her home in Ajah, Lagos

A 50 year old woman was stabbed to death at her home at House J68B, Close 9, VGC, Ajah Lagos on Saturday August 20th. Spokesperson of the Lagos state Police command, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident, said the woman whose identity is being concealed, was stabbed on her stomach in the early hours of the day and was found in the pool of her blood.(Read here)…

A report by Vanguard revealed that the deceased was a businesswoman named Mabel Okafor, who lived alone in her duplex and had no domestic worker except a gate man, allegedly responsible for her death following an argument over his salary. The unidentified gate man was said to have resumed work about two months ago after a referral from Okafor’s former gate man.

Although security has been tightened up in the area, a resident revealed some details anonymously. He said, “Nobody knew that the woman was dead until last Friday. We learned that she was stabbed last Wednesday, but it was not until her church members visited on Friday that they found her decomposing body. The gate of the building was only bolted, but not locked when the church members came. One of them said they became apprehensive after several calls to her mobile telephone indicated that her line was switched off, prompting them to pay her a visit, only to be welcome with a stench from her room. Her body was found on the floor of the sitting room downstairs, with a knife protruding out of her stomach.”

The report also revealed that some gate men from the suspected culprit’s ethnic group said he had boasted that he would leave an indelible mark on her madam, following argument over increase in his salary. They said he claimed he was being paid N20k but demanded for an increase of N10k, but the woman refused.

Another resident, who gave his name as Goke, said: “Police have not been able to get the gate man since the incident occurred, neither have they been able to reach the one that brought him. The gate man went away with her phone. We have been warned several times to employ private guards from registered security companies, but some landlords here do not heed the advice.”