For allegedly stabbing his tenant to death, Gbade Metibemu is to be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons, pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
Metibemu, 34, was presented to face trial on a charge of murder before Magistrate Mrs K.A. Ariyo of an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Thursday, but his plea was not taken.
The prosecutor, Insp. Cpl. Hafsat Ajibodu said that the accused committed the offence on July 21 at No. 10, Apollo St., Makoko, Lagos.
She said that the accused and the deceased, Bright Chineme, had an argument over where the deceased’s wife should dispose off her used water in the compound.
In the course of the argument, Metibemu picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed the deceased to death, the prosecutor told the court.
The offence contravenes Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, and cannot be tried in lower courts, including magistrates’ courts.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that section 221 prescribes a death sentence for offenders.
The magistrate adjourned to October 25.