bricklayer hacks neighbour to death ove generator Fumes

A 29-year-old bricklayer, Ibrahim Tijani, has hacked to death
his neighbour, Bashorun Okanla, for complaining about
fumes emanating from his generator.
The incident happened in the Okun Ajah, Ogombo area of
Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect, an indigene of Ibadan,
the Oyo State capital, and the deceased lived in an
uncompleted building.
On the fateful day, Tijani was said to have turned on his
generator around 11am, while the fumes escaped into the
room of the 57-year-old carpenter.
Okanla, who was married with kids, was said to have
cautioned Tijani and later, an argument started between
them.
The argument was said to have degenerated into a fight and
in the ensuing brawl, the suspect picked a cutlass from his
room and cut the victim in the hand and leg.
He was rushed to a hospital in the area where he reportedly
gave up the ghost.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, said the police from the
Ogombo division recovered the cutlass used in committing
the crime.
He said, “It was on February 8, 2015 around 11am. The
suspect and the deceased were neighbours. They both lived
in an uncompleted building, which I learnt was owned by a
Nigerian based in the USA.
“Tijani turned on his generator and the fumes escaped into
the room of Okanla, who dashed out and asked him to take
away the generator from the place, but he refused. That was
how they began fighting and dragged themselves into the
bush.
“The man then picked a sharp cutlass and cut the deceased
in the hand and leg and ran away.”
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect ran to the Ogombo
Police Station to evade the wrath of residents.
They were said to have followed him there and told the
police what had happened, leading to Tijani’s arrest.
It was learnt that Tijani, when interrogated by the police,
confessed to the crime, adding that he had had a
misunderstanding with the deceased before the incident.
He said, “On Sunday, I turned on my generator and when
Baba Ade (Okanla) asked me to turn it off, I refused. Then he
used a stick to hit me and we started fighting.
“A neighbour came and separated us and asked me to sit
down beside him. But Baba Ade still went and destroyed my
generator. I became angry and went inside my house and
picked my cutlass. I used it on him.”
Our correspondent learnt that the deceased’s corpse had
been deposited in a mortuary.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, said the
police had started investigation into the case.
He said, “Confirmed. Case transferred to the State
Department of Criminal Investigation for further
investigation.”

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