A launderer, Monday Eze, has stabbed his
55-year-old uncle, Ebere Akpu, to death in
the Orile Agege area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Eze and Akpu
had an argument over a minor issue on
Sunday around 11pm.
After the disagreement, the suspect was
said to have gone to a pub, where he
While Akpu slept, the suspect allegedly
stabbed him in different parts of his body.
Our correspondent gathered that Akpu died
on Omotoye Estate where policemen from
the Elere division recovered his corpse
around 1am on Monday.
It was learnt that Akpu and Eze, who were
married with children, hailed from Ebonyi
While the suspect had lived for more than
15 years in Lagos, the uncle, Eze, had lived
for a few years.
Both men were said to be putting up with
another relative, identified as James, who
had a laundry on Omotoye Estate where
the incident happened.
P UNCH Metro , in a visit to the estate on
Monday, saw bloodstains on the road and
in James’ laundry.
A trader, who did not give his name, said
Eze was in the habit of making trouble
She said, “I have known him for more than
15 years now. He makes trouble with
everybody, especially when he is drunk. He
would sometime strip and start
“When Ebere (Akpu) newly arrived from
the village, I particularly advised him
against arguing with Eze. I never knew Eze
would kill him.”
A family member, who did not give his
name, said Eze and the deceased had had
a disagreement on Sunday.
Although he did not reveal the cause of
the disagreement, he explained that the
suspect felt slighted and decided to
He said, “Ebere sold bags; he didn’t have
anything to do with the laundry where this
incident happened, except that he kept his
wares there. But Monday (Eze) lived there.
“Ebere was there to pass the night and he
had washed the shirt and jean trousers he
intended to wear on Monday for his
“They had a minor disagreement, which led
to an argument. Ebere thought that was
the end, but Monday stabbed him while he
The suspect was said to have fled as the
victim staggered out, seeking help.
He was reportedly taken in a tricycle to a
private hospital in the area by a resident.
However, when he was rejected due to the
severity of the injuries, he was dumped on
A resident, who did not want to be
identified, said he saw Eze in a pool of
blood on the road.
“I fled at the sight of the body on the road.
I later called a security man to join me to
identify and probably rescue him. When we
got there, he was dead. The security guard
identified him as one of the launderer’s
family members,” he added.
Policemen from the Elere division were
said to have removed the corpse and took
it to their station.
It was learnt that the suspect later
submitted himself to the police.
A relative told PUNCH Metro that the police
put the corpse in front of the suspect at
“He was in handcuffs. He looked round and
saw a lot of family members and burst into
tears. He said he never knew Ebere was
dead. But we have decided that the matter
is now between him and the government,”
Another family member said the suspect
was the third in the family to be held for
“There is a curse on the family; it is not
ordinary,” he added.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP
Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident,
adding that the case had been transferred
to the State Department of Criminal
She said, “Around 11pm, one Ebere Akpu
was assaulted by one Monday Eze with a
machete. The victim died on the way to a
“His corpse has been deposited at the
Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos for
autopsy. The suspect has been arrested
and the case transferred to the SDCI.”