Charcoal dealer murdered in Lagos

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A middle-aged woman who sells charcoal along Amusu-Igboro Street, Ijanikin, simply identified as Mama Yusuf, was on Tuesday morning murdered in her room and parlour self-contain apartment at Vespa Bus Stop, Mile 2-Badagry expressway, Lagos

The deceased was allegedly killed by a yet to be identified assailant who lured her into her apartment where she was killed.

Eyewitness said that the lifeless body of the lady was discovered by her children five hours after she had been killed.

It was learnt that the deceased had a telephone call while she was seeing her children off to school around 7.am, prompting her to return home.

It was also learnt that her killer lured her into her bedroom, where she was strangled before she was stabbed to death.

No body has been arrested in connection with the crime but it was learnt that police in the area have started a manhunt for the assailant who escaped through the back window after bolting the entrance door from inside.

“From all indications it appeared that her killer is a well known person to her. Nobody heard her screaming while the attack was on.

“The body has since been deposited at the morgue pending the outcome of the investigation” a neighbor who do not wish to be named said.

It was learnt that the mother of four children lost her husband last year and she has been living alone with her children.

Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, however said that he had not been breifed on the issue by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area.

“I have not been briefed on that issue. I will get back to you when I find out what happened from the DPO” he said.

The Unfortunate incident is coming weeks after the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said he would hold Area Commander and their respective DPOs at the event of any breakdown of law and order in their area of responsibility.

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