A 27-year-old man, Mfon John, was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command on Monday after he stabbed his twin brother, Israel John, to death on Olorunkemi Street in the Somolu area of the state. According to Punch, the victim was stabbed more than 70 times on different parts of his body including his neck, head, armpit and stomach.
Even though no one knew the reason behind the action of the killer, relatives and residents revealed that the suspect habitually threatened to kill Israel any time they had a misunderstanding. He finally executed his threat at about 6 am while the victim slept and a third occupant of the room, Christopher, was in the kitchen.
After the atrocious deed, the Akwa Ibom State, indigene was reported to have fled to the house of their uncle who lives in Ogunbadejo, a neighbouring street. There, he told the man that his brother had sustained serious injuries during a fight. The suspect, Mfon John later came back to the house in the company of the uncle and his wife around 7 am, just as a team of policemen from the Pedro division, were removing the dead body. The police arrested Mfon John at that point as Christopher, who was being interrogated at the moment reportedly pointed him out to them.
Meanwhile, Christopher reportedly claimed he was roasting groundnut in the kitchen (which was less than 10-feet away from the single room apartment) when Mfon killed his brother, adding that he never knew what happened until he went into the room and saw Israel in a pool of blood.
However, residents believe that Christopher might know more about the death because the suspect had told him he would ensure his brother did not go to work that morning.
A neighbour, Bidemi, a neighbour to the brothers who spoke to Punch said that the two brothers had danced together on Sunday night after they bought a generator. He said:
“The room where they stayed was formerly occupied by their elder brother, and he passed it on to his sister. The sister, after living there for some years, passed it to them.
“The two brothers were working in a restaurant owned by their brother in the Abiodun area. While Mfon cooked the food, Israel washed the plates.
“On Sunday when they returned from work, they had a party to celebrate a new generator they bought. Around 6 am on Monday, while Israel was sleeping, Mfon got a knife and stabbed him all over the body. At a particular spot, he stabbed him more than 15 times. There were more than 70 stab wounds on him.”
An anonymous co-worker of the brothers said the duo had different personalities. While he described Mfon as overbearing, he said Israel was quiet and always at the receiving end of his brother’s cruelty.
The elder brother of the men, however, said the duo had been a thorn in his flesh. He said he brought them from the village to Lagos so his mother could have peace of mind. According to him:
“I planned to set up businesses for them. But since I brought them from the village, it has been from one trouble to another. I have never had rest. I never knew this would happen. I don’t know how I will inform my mother in the village now.”