A 22-year-old housekeeper, Tanko Abdulateef, who was arrested by the police in Lagos State for killing his employer in the Lekki area of the state, says an evil spirit moved him to commit the crime.
Abdulateef, who was paraded at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja, on Thursday, said he stabbed the 50-year-old woman, Mabel Okafor, four times in the stomach.
PUNCH Metro had reported on Tuesday, September 6, that Abdulateef was arrested by police operatives in the Bali area of Taraba State about two weeks after he committed the crime.
Okafor was reportedly stabbed to death in her apartment on Close 9, Victoria Garden City in the Lekki area on August 17, 2016.
The woman’s phones, some cash and other valuables had also been carted away after her murder. The police thereafter went on the trail of the suspect who fled the apartment on the day of Okafor’s murder. He was arrested on Saturday, August 27.
Speaking with PUNCH Metro, Abdulateef, who hails from Taraba State, said he had just finished cutting the flowers when Okafor called him.
He added that an evil spirit pushed him to stab his employer with the scissors and the knife he had used on the flowers.
He said, “I was employed in August 2016; I had not yet stayed up to a month when the incident happened. She agreed to pay me N18,000 at the end of the month. On that Wednesday, she had asked me to cut the flowers. When I was done, I went inside my room. There were only three of us in the apartment.
“She called me and I went inside the sitting room. I was with the knife and the scissors I had just used to cut the flowers. A spirit just came upon me and I stabbed her. She shouted my name and that was when I became conscious of what I had done.
“She was bleeding profusely. I had stabbed her in her stomach four times. When I realised that I had killed my employer, I packed some of her valuables and ran to my village in Taraba State the following day. I sat down at the doorsteps all night. I could not enter my room.
“Some of our neighbours, who were alerted by my boss’ noise, came around and asked what had happened. I lied to them that we saw a snake and she screamed. So they went back. I don’t know why I killed her. Something just came upon me.”
Abdulateef added that he had sold the phones before he was arrested.
He said, “I sold the three phones at N20,000 each in Taraba State because I needed money. I had not sold the clothes before I was arrested. My parents are dead, but I have two sisters. When I returned, I did not tell my family members anything. I didn’t kill her because of salary increment. We had both agreed on N18,000.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the suspect would be prosecuted at the end of investigation.
He said, “The phones, trinket and other valuables carted away have been recovered from the suspect. The scissors and the knife that he used were also recovered from him.
“There is another suspect and the two of them will be charged to court at the end of investigation.”