The Lagos State Police Command has declared a certain suspected drug addict and UK deportee, Babalola Rotimi (jnr.), wanted for the alleged murder of his father, Babalola Rotimi, and the stabbing of his mother, Adijat, in Magodo Phase 2, area of Lagos. It’s understood the suspect’s mother has been in coma since the brutal attack on Sunday. She is currently receiving treatment in a general hospital in the state.
According to reports, Babalola, popularly called Junior, had been living with his parents on Ibitayo Street, Magodo, Shangisha, after returning from the UK. However, his parents are said to have relocated him to an apartment in Ketu, Ikosi area.
According to Punch, Babalola visited his parents on Saturday and stayed over till Sunday. It was then the suspect attacked his parents after a disagreement.
A security guard in the estate disclosed that Junior left his mother for dead. He said:
“Most of the security guards on the estate were not around and many residents had gone to church. By the time we returned, we heard a noise from the woman’s room as she cried out for help.
“We rushed there and met her in a pool of blood. She had been stabbed in the cheek and even in the eye area. There was a lot of blood in the house. We took her to the emergency centre in the Ojota area,” he said.
Another source on the estate disclosed that the suspect had arrived in the house on Saturday.He said:
“The man just returned from the United Kingdom and we observed that he was always alone. He was living with his parents until recently when they got him an apartment in Ikosi, Ketu.
“But on Saturday, he came to pay them a visit and he slept over. He had an argument with the father that morning and he stabbed him to death. When the mother tried to intervene, he also stabbed her.
“Afterwards, he left the house. However, some minutes later, he returned to check if they were completely dead. He then shut the door against them before fleeing the area.”
According to reports, the security guard in the house did not suspect anything until Adijat started screaming for help. If not for the testimony of the woman before she passed out, the guard would have been arrested and detained. She told the police that her son committed the crime. A police source said:
“She is in a critical condition now at the hospital and she has not been able to throw more light on what transpired that night. Another person that can reveal what happened is the suspect, who is at large. But we are working on the theory that the man was mentally unstable due to his addiction to drug”.
SP Dolapo Badmus, the police spokesperson for the state, confirmed the incident adding the police were trailing the suspect. The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba. She said:
“The father is dead, but the mother is responding to treatment. The suspect is at large, while effort is on to arrest him”.