The Lagos State Police Command has apprehended a man accused of attempting to kill his neighbour’s family over electric bill disagreement.
Gordon Daniel, a resident of Ajegunle, was accused by his neighbour, Saidat Shakiru, of pouring ‘sniper,’ – an insecticide – in a pot of soup she was cooking on Tuesday.
The complainant said that she had left the soup on fire, to attend to another issue, only to return and discover that the soup reeked of sniper.
The accusing finger was pointed at Daniel as he was the only resident of the compound at home when she was cooking.
The Nation gathered that Shakiru alerted the landlady who resides on the topmost floor of the storey building as well as her husband who was at work before the matter was reported to the Baale of Aiyetoro street, Saheed Fakunle.
A resident, who spoke about the matter, on the condition of anonymity, said:
“Sadiat and the suspect were at home when she was cooking the soup. The woman allegedly went outside to buy something and before she came back Daniel had doused sniper into the soup she was cooking.
“When the woman opened the soup pot she perceived an offensive odour from the soup and she sensed foul play. The angry woman drew the attention of the landlady to what she had observed.
“Her landlady asked whom she suspected. Since there was nobody at home, she accused Daniel of the deed. When her husband, Shakiru returned from work, she explained her predicament about the soup she was cooking and the matter was moved to the Baale.
“After carrying out investigation, the Baale handed over the suspect to the police alongside the pot of soup.”
Upon interrogation, Daniel, who admitted to carrying out the heinous act, blamed his actions on the devil.
He said: “The woman has been insulting me over electricity bill. I don’t know what got over me so I decided to put sniper inside their soup to punish her. I am sorry. I regret what I have done. She insulted me so much because of the electricity bill if not I don’t have any problem with her and her husband,”
A source at Ajegunle police station, said Daniel will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti.