In a positive development, Tiwa Bankole, the upcoming Nigerian musician based in the UK, who was allegedly stabbed by her landlord’s son, Tobi Obadina, has regained consciousness, even though she had thought she would die after losing so much blood.
Bankole, popularly known as Tiwa Bakns, narrated what transpired between her and the accused. She said Tobi, the accused, has penchant for harassing his fathers’ tenants and goes scot-free but on that fateful day, she did nothing to warrant his wrath.
According to her, “When he was stabbing me, I started bleeding profusely and I thought I was going to die… Tobi said no one could arrest him and nothing would happen to him. Because his father is a retired police officer and his stepmother, a policewoman, he always gets away with his misdeeds,” she said.
She described her assailant, Tobi, as a hot-tempered boy, who had on many occasions assaulted tenants in his father’s house. She has however reported the 23-year-old boy to his father on many occasions but the landlord kept ignoring her. “I’ve been living in the house since 2005 with my brothers. Although the landlord lives in the same building with us, Tobi does not. He was one of my younger brothers’ friends and even used to come to our room.”
Some months ago, I wanted to use the toilet but Tobi blocked my way, threatening to beat me… After a brief argument, neighbours advised me to enter my room and ignore him which I did. I reported the matter to my dad who later complained to the landlord… The landlord told my dad that Tobi had not been to the house in three years and that I was lying. The landlord even insinuated that Tobi and I were having a relationship.
“There is no way I could have a relationship with Tobi because I’m about 10 years older than him. My father however advised me to stay away from the boy. I have been avoiding him but he continued to cause trouble in the neighbourhood,” Bankole said.
Meanwhile, recalling what led to the fight that got her brutally stabbed by Tobi, the fast rising musician said she was going to fetch water in the compound when the troublesome boy accosted her and a hot argument ensued. Her words: “Tobi insulted me, saying that he was going to get married soon while I am still a spinster at my age. He hit me in the back and an argument ensued. My younger brother however pulled me back into the house but Tobi continued to curse us. We cursed him also and this infuriated him… He poured a bucket of water into our room through the window and he later broke the louvres. He threatened to deal with us. In the evening, he barged into our room with a broken tumbler and said since we had refused to come out and face him, he would kill us.
“I was able to push him to the ground as he attempted to stab my brother in the back. He stabbed my brother in the hands but he (my brother) was able to escape. As I was left alone with Tobi, he stabbed me repeatedly in the neck, hands and other parts of my body.” The culprit, Tobi is presently being detained at Gowon Police Division.
Culled from Dailypost