A naval rating, Yusuf Owolabi has been taken into custody of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly stabbing a 55-year-old woman, Taibat Badru to death.
The incident was said to have happened in Egan, a riverine community in the Ojo council area of Lagos.
The woman was confirmed dead at a General Hospital after the naval rating, who is said to be a son of a traditional ruler in the area, stabbed her with a knife on Friday.
According to Punch, Yusuf was arrested by men of the Ilemba Hausa Police Division on Saturday and was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
The newspaper added that the incident was caused by a tussle for the position of the baale of the village, lost by the suspect’s father, Moshood, to a member of the dead woman’s family.
The development reportedly pitched members of the two families against one another.
The suspected killer rating, who was recently deployed to Lagos from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, arrived in the village in company of a friend, according to the report.
The source added that the suspect, who was armed with a knife, got himself drunk before he picked a fight with the son of the deceased woman, named Quadri.
Quadri reportedly invited his mother and the woman was stabbed to death.
The Lagos State Police Public Relaions Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident to Punch.
He said, “A naval rating with no 815/ 448, Yusuf Owolabi, aged 24, son of the factional baale of Egan and one other at large, went to Egan community and used a knife to stab one Tohbat Badiru, aged 55 years, in her back.
“She bled to death on her way to the general hospital. The suspect has been arrested and detained.”