After weeks of investigation, the killer of Mabel Mba Okafor has been arrested by the Nigerian Police.
The suspect, Tanko Abdulateef, a 22-year old security guard allegedly killed Mabel Mba Okafor, who was his employer, at her home in Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos.
According to Vanguard report, the 50-year-old woman’s body was found lifeless at her apartment on August 17, 2016, by a man who allegedly heard voices in the house and alerted the police.
According to a neighbour of the deceased, everyone suspected her guard as he was nowhere to be found immediately after the incident happened. The women, who stayed alone, was also found without her cell phones.
Reports said that her death must have resulted following an argument with her security guard, who has only been with her for two months, over his salary.
A resident said they learnt that the woman was stabbed on a 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 and decided to visit after several futile calls to her mobile telephone.
Her body was found on the floor of the sitting room downstairs, with a knife protruding out of her stomach. When questioned, some gate men from the suspected culprit’s ethnic group said he had boasted that he would leave his mad, but not without a mark. They said he claimed he was being paid N20,000, but demanded for an increase of N10,000 and Mabel refused.
However, the suspect was tracked down and arrested from his hiding in Bali, Taraba state, says the Lagos Police Command Spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos.
“On August 17, 2016, there was a murder of one Mabel Mba Okafor aged 50 of No J68B, Close 9, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Ajah. She was killed and the policemen went there and discovered that the house had been ransacked and a lot of properties carted away.
“The woman had a House guard but the guard was nowhere to be found. The body of the victim was examined and it was noticed that she was stabbed in the stomach and her stomach ripped open. “She was moved over to the mortuary and the policemen from the division did necessary scene of crime investigations they were supposed to do, while the matter was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
“The Commissioner of Police also called on the Decoy Team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in charge of Tracking and tasked them to deal with the matter as well, while the Team swung into operation and after about one week of serious work on the matter, they were able to identify the suspect to be the House guard of the victim and they tracked him to Bali in Taraba State.
“After about three days in Bali, they were able to recover some of the phones stolen from the victim before eventually arresting the suspect where he was hiding.
“There is no escape route for criminals in Lagos State. Any crime committed in Lagos will be unraveled. If you commit a crime in Lagos and run to anywhere in Nigeria, the Police in Lagos will come after you.”
The guard was caught alongside three phones belonging to the Mabel Mba, her trinkets and a lot of her clothes and other items belongings.