Nollywood actor Temitayo Phillips on Wednesday escaped mob action after he allegedly stabbed his co-tenant to death during an argument over electricity bill. The suspect, who was said to have acted in some Nollywood movies and who is still receiving treatment at an unnamed police facility following injuries he received from the mob, allegedly stabbed the co-tenant, Oludotun Opeyemi Osho, to death at their residence, 4 Sebi Kazeem Street, Ikotun, Lagos State.
The remains of the victim were deposited in a morgue for autopsy and it was gathered that trouble started when a resident of the house, one Banjo, demanded the payment of the electricity bill from the other occupants. The suspect was said to have in a fit of anger taken a dagger with which he threatened to stab Banjo. It was gathered that Oladotun, who was coming into the compound with his brother and friend, saw Temitayo, who was searching for Banjo to stab him. When the nollywood actor could not find his target, he reportedly directed his aggression at Oladotun and stabbed him in the chest.
The image-maker in charge of the state police command, Bala Elkana, while speaking on the death over electricity bill, said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as he was discharged from the hospital. It is alleged that he stabbed his roommate with a kitchen knife. Philips and some of his co-tenants are said to have been involved in a disagreement over the electricity bill and the argument led to a fight resulting in Temitayo going for a knife which it is alleged he used to stab the deceased.
A police source at Ikotun Police Station where the suspect was arrested said “the suspect himself narrowly escaped death as people in the area descended on him and almost killed him.” The police source added that “by the time our men arrived there, he had been seriously beaten and he had sustained injuries. Elkana said “the suspect has been arrested and he is still receiving treatment in our facility. He narrowly escaped death from a mob action.” He further said ” he will be charged to court as soon as he is fit to face the law ”