A businessman, Mr Jude Edeh, on Monday narrated to a Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, how the body of Miss Mabel Okafor-Mang, a Zenith banker, was discovered in her sitting room, six years ago.
Edeh, an Associate Pastor at the Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Lagos, said this while giving evidence at the ongoing trial of a security guard, Abdullateef Tanko, charged with the murder of his employer.
Tanko, is standing trial on a count charge of stabbing Okafor-Mang to death, on Aug. 17, 2016, at her apartment, J68B, Close 9, Victoria Garden City (VGC) Ikota, Ajah Lekki, Lagos.
At the resumed hearing, Edeh, the third prosecution witness, told the court that the deceased was a member of his church, who participated actively as a Planning Committee member at the church’s anniversary programme.
Edeh, who was led in evidence by the Lagos Prosecution counsel, Mr Olayemi Shofolu, narrated that on Aug. 19, 2016, members of the church were worried when the deceased did not show up for events.
He told the police: “I can say that as this thing [killing) happened, it was the devil that got into me, because I never believed that I could kill a human being. On the day it happened, my boss returned home at almost 8.30p.m. She went to her room and later called me.
“She had earlier broken some branches of overgrown flowers within the premises. She asked me whether I did not allow DISCO officials to enter her compound when they had no means of identification and I replied her that I did not. She then asked me to go and trim the flower branches.
“At the time she called me, I had a knife in my hand to cut onions and pepper to prepare my dinner, and as she opened her door and gave the instruction, I just felt a spirit passed through my body. The next thing was that I stabbed her and I found her on the floor.
“I stabbed her two times but I don’t really know I did it. As she fell, she looked at me and called my name repeatedly: ‘Abdul, Abdul.” I said ‘sorry Ma.’ I lifted her legs and straightened them on the floor by the three-sitter in the sitting room. I noticed blood stained her dress and the knife I used.
“I pitied her as she called my name so I went to put on the air conditioner so that it would blow directly at her body. I left for her room, which I ransacked to pick some trinkets and clothes. I went back to the living room to pick her phones and N10,000 from her purse which was there.
“One of the security men close by heard her when she screamed in pain after I stabbed her, so he came to knock on the gate to enquire what was wrong. But I dismissed him by telling him not to mind my boss, as she was only scared by the sight of a cockroach.”
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