A phone repairer, Rasheed Sunkanmi, was mercilessly beaten after he tried to intervene in a marital scuffle between a Lagos politician, Odukunle Kuti, and his wife of 13 years, on Jimoh Akinsanya Street, Arepo, Ogun State.
In a report by Punchng, Sunkanmi was said to be going home when he saw a crowd trying to stop Kuti from beating up his wife. .
The phone repairer was said to have made a snide remark at the politician for beating up a woman, which the ex-councillor of the Ikosi/Isheri Local Council Development Area overheard.
The politician, who also owned a hotel in Arepo, confronted the stranger for meddling in his family affair. The confrontation reportedly resulted in a fight between the duo. .
It was gathered that the politician later invited some soldiers, accusing the 27-year-old of robbery. The military, however, discovered that it was just a fight and they took the parties to their captain. .
The captain, identified as Okoye, was said to have mediated and dispersed the parties. Not satisfied, the politician, a few days later, reported to the police at the Warewa division and Sunkanmi was invited to make a statement. .
About a month after the fight, Kuti was reported to have asked the police to charge the phone repairer to court, accusing him of the theft of his phone and money. .
Sunkanmi’s aunt, Dr Ewatomilola Ayeni, alleged that Kuti threatened to kill her over the incident. She claimed that the former councillor was using his power to oppress her and Sunkanmi.
In an interview, the ex-lawmaker said he wanted the case in court because he needed something to back up his claim to divorce his wife, whom he accused of infidelity. He also claimed that his wife “arranged” the phone repairer to assassinate him.
However, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said if the matter would be charged to court, both Sunkanmi and Kuti would be arraigned for affray. He said, “It is a nonsense case.”