A 53-year-old Olalekan Okeowo has been stabbed to death in an unfinished building at Salvation Estate in Owode community, Ajah area of Lagos State.
The deceased left behind seven children, including a seven-month-old set of twins.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident took place around 1 a.m. Sunday when the victim was asleep.
It was gathered that Okeowo, who engaged in menial jobs, returned home on Saturday night, had his meal and went to bed.
However, tragedy struck when an assailant, who has not yet been identified, entered the building at midnight and stabbed him to death.
The deceased’s wife, Titilayo, who is nursing seven-month-old twins, said she heard her husband begging for his life when she woke up.
She said: “We moved into the unfinished building about 15 years ago and we covered one of the rooms where we sleep at night, but my husband does not sleep in the same room as us. He used to sleep in the other room , which looks more like a living room where he placed a bed with a mosquito net He was outside on Saturday night and he came in around 11:00 p.m.
“When I stepped out of the room to check on him, I saw him eating. He later went to bed after his meal. We were sleeping when I heard his voice saying, ‘Please don’t kill me.’ That’s how I quickly rushed out of the room.
“My first son, who came to the room before me, said that he saw the shadow of a person leaving the entrance to the building. But when I saw my husband, he was already in a pool of blood. I quickly reached two young men who live near our building to help me. They also called someone who helped us with his car.”
Titilayo said her late husband was turned away at the first hospital they took him to before he was later taken to the Lagos Island General Hospital.
“When we got there, workers on duty said there was no bed space. At that time my husband told us not to let him die. It was later that they got a bed and started treating him. It was about at 3 o’clock that he died,’ she said.
41-year-old Titilayo said her husband was preparing to secure another apartment before the incident happened.
According to her, the owner of the building had called to inform them that he was ready to sell the property.
She said: “On Thursday, April 27, the agent in charge of the building sent someone to inform him of the owner’s decision. He said that my husband was given two weeks to leave. On the third day, the owner of the house called my husband and told him his intention, and begged him to secure another apartment.
“But he told the man he needed some money before he left the place. The man asked him to send his account number so he can send the money to him. He was expecting the money when the incident happened. Now that my husband is dead, I know I don’t know how to take care of our seven children.”
The body of the deceased had since been deposited in the mortuary, while the premises of the building were besieged by sympathizers on Monday.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.
“He was killed in front of his house. An investigation is underway at SCID,” he said.