An auto mechanic, Sesi Anumundu, was reported to have been stabbed several times on the head by his friend during a scuffle over a woman. Anumundu, a native of Delta State is said to be recuperating in an undisclosed clinic in Lagos. The 37-year-old was said to have engaged his childhood friend, Lati Adekoya, in a fierce fight over the latter’s lover, Fortune. The bloody event occurred on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
Both Anumundu and Adekoya had reportedly been friends since their early childhood days at Adamasingba, Ibadan, Oyo State. When both came out of the secondary school, Anumundu relocated to Ibeshe, Lagos State with his uncle while Adekoya remained at Ibadan.
But it was said that because of their closeness, Adekoya always stayed in his friend’s Uncle’s house anytime he was in Lagos. Since Anumundu could not proceed to the tertiary level, he reportedly opted to learn auto mechanic while Adekoya reportedly secured admission into one of the Polytechnics in the South South region of the country.
At the time he was in school, Adekoya often times spend his breaks in Lagos with Anumundu, who by then, had already secured a room apartment for himself at Ogijo, via Ikorodu in Ogun State. In one of his visits to Anumundu last year, Adekoya was introduced to a woman, Fortune, by his friend.
Before long, Adekoya and Fortune became serious lovers to the knowledge of people in Anumundu’s neighbourhood. It was also reported that Fortune had twice visited Adekoya in school and on one such occasions, the latter had equally visited Fortune’s mother in Ughelli, Delta State. By 2012, Adekoya was through with his education and had to go for the one year national youth service in one of the North Eastern states of the country.
Because of the far distance to Lagos, Adekoya reportedly hardly come to Lagos during his service year. However, it was one of those rare occasions that he came to Lagos that he reportedly met Anumundu and Fortune naked in bed making love.
An eye witness told Saturday Mirror that a neighbor of Anumundu, who was also close to Adekoya had earlier intimated him of the amorous relationship between his bosom friend and his girlfriend.
The later always rubbished such claims and reportedly began to keep malice with the whistleblower. That was around June, 2013. When the news of the romance between his friend and Fortune became persistent, Adekoya had reportedly called his friend on phone one day to challenge him on the issue but he rebuffed the claim. The bubble, however, burst recently when Adekoya chose to come to his friend’s house for a break. It was said that Adekoya gave no one any inkling of his home-coming. Fortune, an auxiliary nurse at a private hospital in Ikorodu always had her off days on Tuesdays and Sundays.
So, it was on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 that Adekoya chose to come to see his friend. He neither informed his friend nor Fortune of his visit. On that fateful day, around 11:00a.m, when apparently no one was in Anumundu’s compound, Adekoya, who had arrived Lagos the previous night but stayed away from his friend’s house, suddenly bumped into Anumundu’s apartment. He reportedly met his friend and girlfriend stark naked, making love.
The youth corps member reportedly wasted no time in engaging his friend and the one that connected him and the woman in a heated war of words. Rather than show remorse, Anumundu chose to lambast his friend and reportedly ordered him out of his apartment. At that point, Adekoya could not hold back his anger; he descended on his friend. It was reported that during the fight, the youth corps member grabbed a knife on Anumundu’s shelve and cut the auto mechanic in several parts of his body. Fortune, in the interim, reportedly fled the scene while the two men fought each other.
Anumundu, on his own, collapsed on his sofa. Speaking on the incident, a neighbour, Mama Chinonso, claimed that Fortune was a regular visitor to the house but that she was not aware who her real lover was between the two friends.
“The lady comes here every time but I am surprised to hear that she was the other man’s girlfriend. We just moved into this area so I did not know that she was actually dating Adekoya. It was the noise of the lady running out of the compound that drew some people’s attention to the scene. By the time we got there, the man (Anumundu) had been stabbed several times and people around had to rush him to the hospital.”
Anumundu also spoke with reporters on phone. According to him, “I initially introduced him (Adekoya) to the lady but he told me he did not like her. After a while, the lady told me that she preferred to date me and we started”. Neither Adekoya, nor Fortune could be reached on phone as their mobile telephones were switched off.