An occupant of Taiwo Street , Mafoluku, Oshodi area of Lagos , Taiwo Eluyemi , dispersed some neighbours who came to his apartment to watch movies on Wednesday in compliance with social distancing rule to curtail the spread of coronavirus .
He never knew the action would cost him his life 24 hours later .
One of the neighbours identified simply as Habeeb, who was upset by Eluyemi’ s action reportedly ambushed him along the street on Thursday and hacked him to death .
Reports learnt that Eluyemi was popular in the neighbourhood , a personality that attracted people to his house .
It was gathered that Habeeb, who also resides on Taiwo Street, and his friends stormed Eluyemi ’ s house on Wednesday to watch movies but he turned them back on the grounds that his apartment was becoming crowded .
Eluyemi ’ s countenance was said to have angered Habeeb, resulting in an altercation between them .
A tenant in the area , Tope Akande, told our correspondent that some people intervened and both parties went their separate ways .
He said Eluyemi was returning from a church with his son when Habeeb waylaid him and stabbed him in the back and hand .
He stated , “ There was a misunderstanding between Mr Eluyemi and Habeeb on Wednesday. Habeeb and his friends went to the man ’ s house to watch movies but he (Eluyemi ) was not comfortable with it in the light of the social distancing everyone is trying to observe to avoid contracting coronavirus .
“He asked them to leave which led to a disagreement but it was later settled amicably .
The man went to pick his son from the church not knowing Habeeb was already looking for him .
He attacked the man with a cutlass and inflicted injuries on his back and left hand .
He bled to death on the spot.
The suspect has been handed over to the Makinde Police Station . ”
A source in the community disclosed that Habeeb and Eluyemi had an issue sometime ago which was triggered by the Wednesday face – off .
The source said , “ People usually go to his house to watch European League matches and movies.
He was popular on the street and his house was opened to youths .
The suspect had also been going there. As a result of the present situation, he didn’ t want people to gather in his apartment again.
“ The suspect and some youths went there on Wednesday afternoon and he told them to go away .
It was after the incident happened on Thursday that I learnt they (Habeeb and Eluyemi ) had a misunderstanding sometime ago .
The suspect should be in his late twenties , while the deceased is in his forties. ”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , DSP Bala Elkana , while confirming the incident , said investigation had commenced .
He said , “The suspect is already in custody .
Two of them are friends.
They had a misunderstanding .
We are investigating the circumstances that led to the murder. ”
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