Nigeria: Man murders neighbor with cutlass over generator smoke

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Lagos – A 16-year-old kid, Adeola Okanlawan, on Tuesday told an Igbosere High Court in Lagos how his dad was killed with a cleaver in the wake of whining of smoke originating from a neighbor’s power generator.

In his court declaration as first arraignment witness, Adeola said that their neighbor, one Ibrahim Tijani, slaughtered his dad with a cutlass in a difference over generator smoke.

He said that his late father had called the litigant to grumble about the smoke that was leaving his generator set into his room.

As per Adeola, his dad requested that the litigant change the position of the generator set to prevent the smoke from going into his room, yet the respondent declined to do as such.


“Disagreement between my father and our neighbour over smoke coming out from the neighbour’s generator set, caused the death of my father.

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“My father had to push the generator away from its former position, but did not throw it away.
“The defendant fought with my father which led to his death.

“When the defendant was cutting my father with cutlass, I pleaded with him not to kill my father, but he refused to listen to me,” Adeola said in court.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tijani was first charged on Jan. 21, 2016, on one-check charge of murder favored against him by Lagos State.

NAN likewise reports that the respondent, who lived in an uncompleted built  with the deceased, at Okun in Ajah zone of Lagos, had argued not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, the Attorney General of Lagos State, had told the court that Tijani, 31, unlawfully murdered one Bashorun Okanla‎wan, 57, with cleaver at 2:30 a.m on Feb. 8, 2015.

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He said that the offense repudiated Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Another indictment witness, Sgt. David Abu, the Investigating Police officer, enlightened the court that at concerning 2:13 a.m upon the arrival of the episode, the litigant went to the police headquarters to report an instance of strike.

Abu said that 10 minutes after the respondent made the report; the dead body of the perished was conveyed to the station on a tricycle.


“It was discovered that the deceased complained to the defendant to adjust his generator set because of the smoke entering his room.

“When the defendant did not comply, the deceased complained to one ‘Afa’ (a chief) who owned a block industry near them.

“It was on their way from the Afa’s place that the defendant picked a cutlass, went after the deceased and cut his left hand, leg and waist.

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“When the deceased was no longer moving, the defendant took a bottle and stabbed himself on the left arm, ran to the police station to make a report of assault,” Abu said.

Another witness, Insp. John Babalola, who said the case was exchanged to him at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, additionally affirmed the episode.

He recognized the cutlass recouped from the scene of wrongdoing which was offered and conceded in confirm as display.

However the litigant’s direction, Onome Akpeneye, requested an intermission to empower him to cross- analyze the witnesses.

Therefore, Justice Adedayo Akintoye, suspended the case until Nov.1, for continuation of trial. (NAN)

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