October 25, 2017 – Helpless Teen Flees As Angry Neighbour Hacks Father To Death Over Generator Fumes In Ajah Lagos
A Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has heard how a man, Ibrahim Tijani, allegedly hacked his neighbour to death following a dispute about the fumes from an electricity generating set.
Tijani, 31, was accused of slashing Bashorun Okanlawon, 57, in the left hand, leg and waist with a machete in the presence of Okanlawon’s son Adeola.
He left Okanlawon and went after Adeola who had been begging him to stop. The teenager fled and hid behind a cashew tree.
When Tijani returned, Okanlawon had bled to death.
Adeola told Justice Adedayo Akintoye yesterday that the incident followed a fight between his father and the defendant over the fumes from Tijani’s generator.
The 16-year-old gave his testimony while being led in evidence by Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem.
According to him, Tijani attacked his father with a machete he picked from a food vendor.
Tijani, who was arraigned on January 21, last year, is standing trial on a one-count charge of murder.
According to Kazeem, the defendant, who along with the deceased lived in an uncompleted building at Okun in Ajah area of Lagos, committed the offence at about 2:20am on February 8, 2015.
He said the offence is punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
Tijani pleaded not guilty.
During cross-examination by the defendant’s counsel Onome Akpeneye, Adeola, the first prosecution witness, explained that the incident was preceded by a fight.
He said that night, he and his father were bothered by the fumes which were wafting into their room from Tijani’s small generator.
The deceased complained to the defendant about the smoke and asked him to reposition the generator but the defendant refused, following which the deceased turned the generator funnel away from his room.
A fight, which broke out, was settled by neighbours and, afterwards, an Islamic cleric reconciled the duo.
According to Adeola, it was on their way from the cleric’s home that Tijani attacked the deceased.
The Investigating Police Officer (IPO) in the case, Sergeant David Abu, also testified as the second prosecution witness.
He stated that about 2:13am on the day of the incident, a bleeding Tijani came to report a case of assault at the Agbongon Police Division.
But, about 10 minutes later, the neighbours brought the body of the deceased to the station in a tricycle.
“In my investigation review, on February 8, 2015, the defendant and the deceased were living in the same uncompleted building at Okun Ajah. The deceased complained to the defendant to adjust his generator as the smoke from the generator was entering his room.”
Abu said the deceased complained to the cleric, who owns a block industry, following which the cleric sent for the defendant and reconciled the duo.
According to him, on their way home from the Alfa’s place, the defendant picked a machete from a food vendor’s place and started chasing the deceased who tripped on a block and fell. The defendant, he added, started macheting the deceased.
“He cut his left hand, leg and waist. When the son of the deceased, one Adeola Okanlawan, started shouting ‘don’t kill my father,’ he started chasing the boy who hid behind a cashew tree. When the defendant saw that the deceased could no longer move, he picked up a bottle and stabbed himself on the left arm and ran to the Police station to make a report of assault,” Abu said.
Justice Akintoye adjourned till November 1, for continuation of hearing.