A man working with one of the leading Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) service providers, yesterday stabbed his lover to death for refusing his marriage proposal. The incident occurred at Tanke area of Ilorin, Kwara State. The man also stabbed his girlfriendâ€™s mother, who tried to settle the dispute between the two. The ladyâ€™s mother escaped death with serious injuries, while the lover lost her life.
Sources said the ladyâ€™s mother was rushed to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) where she is now receiving treatment. Investigations revealed that the lovers, who had been going out for some time, had also been involved in serious argument over the issue of marriage.
The lady, said to be in her 30s, had insisted that she could not marry the man because he was going out with several other women at the same time. It was learnt that they went out on Sunday night and returned to the girlâ€™s house at Tanke area of Ilorin where the mother had also come to visit her daughter. Early yesterday morning, the argument resurfaced with the girl still maintaining her position. The man was said to have threatened to kill the lady if she refused his proposal.
It was at the height of the argument that the ladyâ€™s mother came out of her room to settle the dispute.
The man was said to have dashed into the kitchen, picked up a knife and attacked the two women.
While he succeeded in killing his lover, the mother sustained injuries before neighbours were alerted to the scene by the womanâ€™s cries for help.
However, another version claimed that the man, who is currently on the run, had first reported for duty at his office on the University of Ilorin Road before he told his colleagues he wanted to go and pick something at home. A source, who saw the body of the lady, said she was stabbed several times in the neck and around the back of the armpit.
An autopsy was to be conducted on her body at the UITH yesterday to enable the institution to file a proper report. When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident. He said the police were already on the trail of the fleeing suspect.