Police have arrested a 21-year-old chef who allegedly murdered a female lodger at a hotel in Opebi, Ikeja area of Lagos.
The suspect, Joshua Usulor, was said to have gruesomely murdered 34-year-old Feyitayo Obot, a lawyer, in his bid to rob her in the room she lodged in.
Feyitayo was stabbed and her throat was slit by the attacker while putting up a resistance to the attack.
Lagos police spokesperson Chike Oti said on Monday that Usulor made away with Feyitayo’s phone and a N26,000 sum during the crime.
Usulor fled to a hideout in Victoria Island where he was eventually caught on Thursday, February 28 – a month after he allegedly committed the crime.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have committed the crime. He said he never knew the victim before and only wanted to rob her to offset his own hotel bills because he had spent two days above what he paid for,” Oti said.
“To execute his plans undetected, he claimed he sneaked into the deceased’s room to steal her money and her phones but she struggled with him. He overpowered her and then stabbed her with a sharp knife on the stomach.
“He used the same knife to slit her throat. Satisfied that the woman was dead, he made away with her phones and a cash sum of N26,000 only. Investigation revealed that the deceased was a lawyer who came to Lagos for a business meeting and lodged in a hotel at Opebi, Ikeja.”
State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu mni has given an order that Usulor should be charged to court for murder.