Robbers stab LUTH doctor to death a day after convocation in Lagos

The area where Stephen was robbed is said to have remained a hot spot for crime for years.

Some robbers have stabbed to death a young medical doctor, Urueye Stephen in Idi Araba area of Lagos on Thursday.

Stephen was still in a celebratory mood after his convocation on Wednesday when he was attacked Thursday night by the robbers, close to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

He was stabbed in the process and died from his wounds hours after.

The victim who was a House Officer at LUTH, had been inducted into the medical profession last December.

Friends of the deceased have described him as “easygoing and brilliant”.

“Just this short period of meeting and knowing [Stephen] was amazing,” a friend, Yinka said.

Residents in the Idi Araba area of Lagos have also lamented the high insecurity in the area, saying that such robbery incident that claimed Stephen’s life was not uncommon.

“That same spot has been reported for being deadly but nothing has been done about it,” one person, Adedamola said on Friday.

Another person who claims to have also been robbed in the area few years ago said the area has remained a hotspot for years.

“Lots of people especially students and LUTH staff have been robbed on that road. It’s sad that this young colleague had to lose his life over a situation that was entirely preventable,” she said.

The citizen/police ratio in Nigeria is currently around one policeman per 560 ‘ordinary’ citizens, with about a 100,000 police officers serving in special capacities by being assigned to protect influential persons in the country.

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