Residents of Lemomu Kajola Road, Ileshe, Atan, Ogun State, are in shock after a destitute man in the community, Odunlade Adewale, killed and dismembered his friend, Moruf Lawal.
Lawal, aka Kaka, had accused the Ondo State indigene of stealing a phone belonging to their mutual friend, one Femi.
Adewale, in anger, allegedly seized a cutlass and hacked the victim to death. He reportedly chopped off the 38-year-old’s two hands, gorged out his eyes and broke his skull, exposing his brain tissue.
Punch Metro learnt that after the attack, Adewale reportedly told residents of the area that he had just killed Lawal.
Some youths in the community were said to have tied down the suspect before the arrival of policemen from the Atan division.
A community leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the incident occurred between 1am and 3am on Monday.
He said, “The three of them are friends – Adewale, Kaka (Lawal) and Femi. While Adewale is a destitute man who is into carpentry work, Kaka was a motorcycle rider; Femi is into generator repairs. They usually drink and smoke together.
“Around 1am, the men went to Atan to drink. As they were returning around 1.30am, they stopped a tricycle rider and started an argument with him. They wanted to extort money from him but the man resisted them. An Islamic cleric, who was praying at the time, saw them and intervened. Everybody then dispersed.
“Some minutes later, Femi discovered that his phone was missing and he went to Kaka’s house to challenge him. Kaka denied taking the phone. They both went to where Adewale was sleeping, which was opposite Kaka’s house. He does not have any permanent place of abode.
“Kaka had a cutlass in his hand. They had an argument and during a scuffle that followed, Adewale seized the cutlass from Kaka and hacked him to death. He later cut off his head and chopped off his two hands.”
Femi was said to have fled the scene on seeing the tragic turn of event.
Punch Metro learnt that Adewale, while armed with the cutlass, went to a building opposite the scene to announce that he had killed Lawal.
Some residents reportedly thought it was a ploy by suspected armed robbers to trick residents out of their homes.
Landlords on the street were said to have called one another, but no one came out.
A resident, who caught the suspect, told our correspondent that Adewale also attacked him with the cutlass.
He said, “I was called around 3am that thieves were on the street. I tiptoed out and heard a man calling people to come out. He said he would kill everybody.
“I stood beside a fence without seeing anyone. Moments later, I saw a man passed by me. I told him to stop. He faced me with a cutlass and we started fighting. My brother also joined us. Although I had injuries, we were able to subdue and tie him.
“Initially, I didn’t know he had killed anyone. We were still tying him up when we heard people saying he had killed somebody a few houses away. His cutlass was still dripping with blood.”
Residents told Punch correspondent that Adewale had no known relative.
He was said to be epileptic, a sickness some said accounted for his rejection by his immediate family members.
“Anytime he had a seizure and fell on the ground, nobody would go near him. Whenever we asked for his relatives, he would only say he came from Ondo State. It is possible that his family rejected him after efforts to address the problem failed. His major problem was that anytime he took alcohol, even as little as N100 worth of liquor, he would start misbehaving,” a community leader said.
Punch Metro learnt that the remains of Lawal had been deposited in a morgue.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
He said, “The friends usually block roads to extort money from people. They had done that that night when they had issues, probably over sharing formula. The suspect picked a cutlass and dismembered his friend. He is a destitute person who is also epileptic. He has been arrested.”