Photo: Man arrested for poisoning his neighbour’s pot of soup in Lagos


Gordon Daniel (pictured above) was yesterday arrested by the police in Ajegunle following a complaint from one of his Neighbors, Saidat Shakiru that he poisoned her pot of soup after they had a disagreement over unpaid electricity bill.

According to Saidat, she and Daniel were the only ones in their compound when she found out that her pot of soup had been contaminated with sniper, a popular insecticide.

According to the Nation, Saidat alerted their landlady and also her husband who was at work. The matter was then reported to the chief of their community who alerted the police. When interrogated, Daniel said the devil pushed him to carry out such an act, saying he was very angry with Saidat who was always in the habit of insulting him

The woman has been insulting me over electricity bill. I don’t know what got over me so I decided to put sniper inside their soup to punish her. I am sorry. I regret what I have done. She insulted me so much because of the electricity bill if not I don’t have any problem with her and her husband, he said.

A resident of the community said

Sadiat and the suspect were at home when she was cooking the soup. The woman allegedly went outside to buy something and before she came back Daniel had doused sniper into the soup she was cooking. When the woman opened the soup pot she perceived an offensive odour from the soup and she sensed foul play. The angry woman drew the attention of the landlady to what she had observed. Her landlady asked whom she suspected. Since there was nobody at home, she accused Daniel of the deed. When her husband, Shakiru returned from work, she explained her predicament about the soup she was cooking and the matter was moved to the Baale. After carrying out investigation, the Baale handed over the suspect to the police alongside the pot of soup.

Confirming the incident, a police officer at the Ajegunle police station said a case file had been opened and that the suspect will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti.

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