There was a breach of the peace on Etunrere Street in the Ikorodu area of Lagos on Monday after the wife of a policeman attached to the state command allegedly stabbed her neighbour, Mrs. Olaitan Ayobami.
The cop’s wife, Mrs. Desola Ochoche, fled the residence afterwards, leaving Ayobami for dead. But the lady got lucky as she was rushed to a private hospital in the area.
According to Punch, the attack was caused by a scuffle between the duo on Sunday when Ochoche reportedly challenged Ayobami to a duel for laughing at her.
It was gathered that they were separated only for the fight to resume around 6am on Monday when Ayobami, a teacher, wanted to bathe.
After the face-off, the teacher with her children were heading for school when the policeman’s wife, Mrs. Ochoche, ambushed her at the entrance of their rented building with a shard of bottle.
She was said to have chased her to the garage on the premises and stabbed her in the head and hand.
She was eventually arrested by policemen from Igbogbo Police Division, but released a few hours later.
Ayobami said she wanted Mrs. Ochoche to be brought to book, adding that she was still in pains.
She said, “On Saturday, I left my phone in my kitchen and when I went back to pick it, I found it inside water.
I wanted to challenge Iya Oby (Ochoche), but my husband warned me not to do so because I didn’t have evidence. On Sunday, she started singing abusive songs against me, but I did not reply.
“At a point, I laughed and she became angry. She poured water on me and we fought. While I was going to the bathroom on Monday morning, she attacked me and we fought again. Her husband separated us and warned her to let peace reign.
“I was going to school when she attacked me in the corridor and stabbed me with a shard of bottle. Her husband, who is a policeman, took her to the Igbogbo division, but she has been released. I want her to be charged to court.”
Mrs. Ochoche, who spoke with Punch on the telephone, admitted stabbing Ayobami. She, however, claimed that she acted to revenge an injury earlier inflicted on her by the teacher.
She said, “I have been warning her to stop insulting me with songs. She would accuse me of flirting around just because I am not employed.
It is true I stabbed her but she had used something to injure me in the face while we were fighting around 6am on Monday. I revenged so that she would know she cannot intimidate me.”
Asked if it’s laughter that caused the fight, she replied, “I don’t know. I’m on medication, want to sleep.”
The police spokesperson in the state, SP Dolapo Badmos, said it was a case of affray and the two women would be charged to court.
She said, “The two women injured each other and they have been released to go and take care of themselves after which they will be charged to court for affray.”