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Gatekeeper Who Killed his Boss Says an Evil Spirit Made Him Do It



Tanko Abdullateef

Tanko Abdulateef

The 22-year-old gatekeeper, Tanko Abdulateef, who was arrested in Taraba State by officers of the Lagos State Police Command for killing his employer in the Lekki area of the state, has said that an evil spirit moved him to commit the crime, PUNCH reports.

He made this known on Thursday when he was paraded at the Command headquarters in Ikeja.

Abdulateef stabbed his boss, Mabel Okafor, 50, four times in the stomach at her apartment on Close 9, Victoria Garden City in the Lekki area on August 17, 2016.

The woman’s phones, some cash and other valuables was also carted away after her murder.

Abdulateef said he stabbed her with the scissors and the knife he had used to cut the flowers.

I was employed in August 2016; I had not yet stayed up to a month when the incident happened. She agreed to pay me N18,000 at the end of the month. On that Wednesday, she had asked me to cut the flowers. When I was done, I went inside my room. There were only three of us in the apartment.

She called me and I went inside the sitting room. I was with the knife and the scissors I had just used to cut the flowers. A spirit just came upon me and I stabbed her. She shouted my name and that was when I became conscious of what I had done.

She was bleeding profusely. I had stabbed her in her stomach four times. When I realised that I had killed my employer, I packed some of her valuables and ran to my village in Taraba State the following day. I sat down at the doorsteps all night. I could not enter my room.

Some of our neighbours, who were alerted by my boss’ noise, came around and asked what had happened. I lied to them that we saw a snake and she screamed. So they went back. I don’t know why I killed her. Something just came upon me.

Abdulateef said that he had sold the phones before he was arrested.

“I sold the three phones at N20,000 each in Taraba State because I needed money. I had not sold the clothes before I was arrested. My parents are dead, but I have two sisters. When I returned, I did not tell my family members anything. I didn’t kill her because of salary increment. We had both agreed on N18,000,” he said.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said that Abdulateef and another suspect would be prosecuted at the end of investigation.

“The phones, trinket and other valuables carted away have been recovered from the suspect. The scissors and the knife that he used were also recovered from him. There is another suspect and the two of them will be charged to court at the end of investigation,” he said.

Photo Credit: ENCOMIUM


  1. keke driver

    September 9, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Let that same “Evil Spirit” lead you to jail, murderer oshi.

    • Fed Up

      September 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Honestly! I’m so fed up of this evil spirit!

      My husband was sleeping with some chic in is office in 2014, I caught him and he said it was evil spirit.

      This year, he beat me black and blue to the extent that even his family members are asking me not to go back to him. Guess what he blamed it on? Evil spirit.

      Such an easy cop out of any stupid and wicked behavior that Nigerians will always use.

    • fleur

      September 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Police, oya, find and sequester this evil spirit in jail. Mtcheeew.

  2. Mo

    September 9, 2016 at 11:06 am

    He is the evil spirit that led himself to commit this horrible act.

  3. Darius

    September 9, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I bet the evil spirit is still at large. Story for the gods!

  4. no

    September 9, 2016 at 11:42 am

    The EVIL SPIRIT will guide you to Kirikiri dont worry

  5. Kkay

    September 9, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    He is the very image of the evil spirit!
    He should be given the maximum sentence of DEATH BY HANGING!

    Everyone that commits murder should die.

  6. Somto

    September 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    The evil spirit told you to steal her things and sell them abi. EVIL BASTARD CHILD OF SATAN. Nigeria’ so called elite should stop all these i have arrived, what will people say, am all that mentality and do things for themselves because of demented domestic staff like these.
    I do my gardening, open my gate, cook and clean all by myself and my neighbors see me and some of them turn their noses up at me like my poverty pass. But you all know what, I sleep well at night and I am not worried about some cook poisoning me, gateman killing me or driver kidnapping me or stealing my car. Shikena.

    • Nan

      September 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      I didn’t know only Nigerian rich people use nannies and cleaners. “So called elite” hian only white people are real elites now abi. Someone that is busy and has maybe a lot of property should do everything even when they can afford help. Like k said Nigerians victim blaming cloaked as “advice” is like rice and stew

  7. Marlvina

    September 9, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Hehehehe poor devil. Even the one wey no concern am. He did it. Lol ?

  8. And then?

    September 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Oga… don’t worry.’s not a problem….it is simply to arrest you and the spirit together

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