Guard who killed employer in Lagos arrested in Taraba – Police

The Lagos State Police Command said it arrested a guard who allegedly killed his employer in Ajah, Lagos, and fled to Bali, Taraba State.

Tanko Abdulateef, 22, allegedly stabbed Mabel Okafor in the stomach, ripping it open, and made away with her valuables, including three phones, trinkets and clothes, the police said in a statement on Monday.

The incident happened on August 17.

Dolapo Badmos, the state police spokesperson, confirmed the arrest and said he would be charged to court after conclusion of investigation.

“On August 17, 2016, there was a murder of one Mrs. Mabel Mba Okafor aged 50 of No J68B, Close 9, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Ajah,” said Ms. Badmos, a Superintendent of Police.

“She was killed and the policemen went there and discovered that the house had been ransacked and a lot of properties carted away.

“The woman had a House guard but the guard was nowhere to be found.”

Ms. Badmos said police officers examined the body of the victim and it was noticed that she was stabbed in the stomach; her body was then moved to a mortuary.

“The policemen from the division did necessary scene of crime investigations they were supposed to do, while the matter was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

“The Commissioner of Police also called on the Decoy Team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in charge of Tracking and tasked them to deal with the matter as well.”

Ms. Badmos said the Decoy Team swung into action immediately, and after seven days, they were able to track Mr. Abdulateef to Taraba State.

“After about three days in Bali, they were able to recover some of the phones stolen from the victim before eventually arresting the suspect where he was hiding,” she said.

Ms. Badmos also confirmed that the three phones, trinkets and the victim’s clothes had been recovered from the suspect, adding that he has been brought back to Lagos.

“There is no escape route for criminals in Lagos State,” said the police spokesperson.

“Any crime committed in Lagos will be unravelled. If you commit a crime in Lagos and run to anywhere in Nigeria, the Police in Lagos will come after you.”

The police said the suspect has been handed over to the State CID for further investigation, while he will be charged to court at the end of investigation.


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  • amazing2012

    Straight to firing range!

    • FEMI A

      That’s where they belong such as robbers, kidnappers, killers.

  • zygote

    the T-shirt the guy is wearing says it all! He is a smoking criminal that should be shot to death.

  • Netanyahu

    What a wicked, heartless young man. He could kill an employer because of phones and trinkets? People should be careful with these abokis. I still see them guarding people’s homes in the south here. It is very risky. They are here to kill and steal. Very few are hardworking. The rest nose around looking for easy preys after which they run and disappear into the rat hole where they came from.

    • Rumournaire

      What percentage of them commit these crimes for you to generalise? There are criminals from every part of the country and we should not stereotype people. I’ve had some of these so-called “Abokis” as gatemen and they were hardworking and honest. On the other hand a guard I had from one of the southern states was so lazy I had to send him away.

      The main lesson in this tragic incident is that people should avoid living alone. It is very dangerous. The deceased woman – a 50-year-old, lived all alone except for this criminal gate man. Suppose the woman had a domestic accident or a stroke? It is very, very, dangerous to live alone.

      • emmanuel

        All foolanis are thieves and Criminals. I hane lost over N7 million to two of them in the past. They swear by Allah while they steal from you.
        Your advice is copied from Alhaji Buhari who said the woan killed in Kano should have respected other peoples religion, meanwhile the people committed a premeditated murder.

        • Rumournaire

          Each person’s view is informed by his or her personal experience. I cannot challenge your experience and you cannot challenge mine. So, I hope you no longer hire “Abokis” anywhere around you.

  • Mufu Ola

    Why do police like the phrase “swung into action”? Can’t they find something more creative?

    • Arabakpura

      Do you want them to use: bribed into action?