The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Elkana Bala, has confirmed the incident and gave the identity of the girlfriend as Olokodana Bolaji. Bala, in a statement issued yesterday, said,
” On May 31, 2019 at about 5.30am, Shagamu Road Police Station, Ikorodu , received an information that one Joseph Mayowa, 34, a part term Student of Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu Campus, Department of Hospitality Management Technology, drank a poisonous chemical identified as sniper, following a misunderstanding between him and his girlfriend, Olokodana Bolaji, who was also a graduate of the same Institution.
“He was rushed to hospital by his neighbours following an alarm raised by his girlfriend but eventually died “
In the statement of his girlfriend, she told Police investigators that herself and the deceased dated for nine years. That the deceased is fond of beating her.
That while she was with the deceased in his room, they had a quarrel and he, as usual, resorted into physical violence.
That she ran into the restroom and upon return she found him gasping for breath with an empty bottle of sniper beside him. Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba visited the scene at Eyita area, Ikorodu.
The corpse of the said Joseph Mayowa was deposited at General hospital mortuary for autopsy while the girlfriend was invited for questioning. An investigation is ongoing to determine whether it was actually a suicide case or murder.