An Islamic cleric, identified as Alfa Raheem is currently on the run for killing a co-tenant, Monday Olaleye over N600 house bill. for allegedly killing a co- tenant , Monday Olaleye, aka Messiah.
The duo, who lived in a house on Adebayo Close, in the Ibafo , Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state, reportedly had a disagreement which degenerated to fisticuffs.
It was reported that the duo engaged in a fight after the cleric refused to pay his bill for the replacement of a faulty electric fuse in the house.
Olaleye was appointed by other tenants to collect funds for the purchase of the new fuse , valued at N600 .
During the fight, Raheem , aka Alfa, was alleged to have hit Olaleye with a stick , while the victim used a plastic chair to fight back. Both men were reportedly injured .
The next day, Olaleye’ s health condition deteriorated and he was rushed to a private hospital where he was confirmed dead .
The deceased ’s family members were said to have reported the case at the Ibafo Police Station .
The other tenants and the neighbours around the house, upon getting hold of the information on the death of Olaleye, fled the house to avoid mass arrest by the police.
Residents approached by reporters for information either declined comment or feigned ignorance of the incident.
However, some of the tenants in the building that are in the run were contacted and they gave account of what transpired between the duo on the day of the incident
A man who chose not to be mentioned said the police locked up the house when they did not meet anyone , adding that they left with three generators belonging to tenants .
“ I remember the two men had a disagreement over payment for a burnt electrical fuse. which was valued at N600 . We are 10 tenants in the house occupying the 10 single room apartments . We divided the money and everybody was asked to pay N60 .
“ I was sleeping when I heard a noise . I was indisposed and couldn’t go out. But I learnt there was a fight between Alfa and Messiah over the fuse money . Within a few minutes, it was over and everybody dispersed .
“ By morning , the man woke up , took his bath , drew water from the well , and prepared a meal which he ate. But around 12 noon, we observed that his door was ajar . I heard heavy breathing and rallied other tenants
to get him to a hospital .”
Olaleye was reported to have died of internal bleeding.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Iliyasu , has ordered the arrest of the suspect and he should be made to face the full wrath of the law . ”