Man arrested after he and his wife allegedly paid assassins to kill a neighbour over COVID-19 palliatives

Police in Idimu have arrested a Nigerian man while his wife reportedly absconds for allegedly conspiring to kill their neighbour over COVID-19 palliatives in Lagos state.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the couple identified as Rasaq Babalola and his wife simply known as Mama Raheem who reside at Agbo Komolafe Street, Unity Estate, Idimu area of Egbeda, Lagos allegedly paid assassins to kill their neighbour Emeka Anozie.

According to report, Rasaq has been arrested and detained at the Police Station while efforts are being made to arrest his wife, who he said fled after the plot was foiled and the assassins had escaped.

It was also learnt that the services of a chef was engaged by Emeka Anozie to cook food to be shared to the people in their neighbourhood during the current lockdown which eventually caused trouble.

According to report, the couple attempted to stop Anozie from sharing food to people in the neighborhood but he ignored them and went ahead to distribute the food to neighbours.

Narrating the incident, Anozie said that Rasaq's children were disturbing in the compound, throwing stones at his window and he went to their mother to ask her to control her children so as not to destroy things in his apartment but the woman flared up and threatened to deal with him.

Anozie said the next day, some armed men, about 14 of them, invaded his apartment, beat him up, collected his phones then dragged him outside in an attempt to take him away in their waiting Toyota car. Fortunately, people in the neighborhood frustrated them so they left him and escaped.

Mr. Anozie, who was bleeding from the attack, then rushed to the Police and he was referred to the hospital.

As he was receiving treatment, he received information that another set of armed men in military uniforms allegedly invaded his apartment looking for him. When they didn't find him, they attacked two of his younger brothers, destroyed his two televisions, other properties inside, looted his safe containing huge sums of money, and escaped. He said that the operation was led by both Rasaq and his wife, now at large.

When Rasaq was contacted, he allegedly admitted that he hired assassins including the armed soldiers to attack Mr. Anozie and blamed everything on his wife and in-laws, who he said arranged the whole thing, the publication reports.

Rasaq was detained at the Idimu Police Station while efforts are being made by police to arrest his fleeing wife.

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