The police, however, discovered Sherifat’s body parts hidden at different locations across the state. Her head and neck were recovered in Morocco, Yaba, while other parts of her body were recovered in another uncompleted building on Moshalashi Street, Somolu.
The couple who were married for nine years became separated in July 2016. Sherifat approached Shakiru on Monday for money for the upkeep of their three children. It was alleged that Shakiru invited her to meet him at a location ad she never returned home after the meeting.
The victim’s father, Akeem, last Tuesday, reported a missing person case to the police, leading to a search for the suspect. A source said Akeem told policemen that an unidentified number called to inform him that his daughter had fallen into the lagoon.
The source said, “The police tracked the number, and discovered that the caller was in Ibadan. He (Shakiru) was arrested and brought down to Lagos around 1am on Saturday.”The suspect was said to have led the police to the two uncompleted buildings where the remains of the late Sherifat were recovered.
Shakiru said, “After we separated, I secretly reconciled with her and we started meeting. On the average, I gave her N15,000 in a week. On that Monday, she called me that she needed money and we agreed to meet.
“I gave her N10,000 that evening. She later begged me to accompany her to Lagos Island where her niece was admitted in a hospital. We took a motorcycle and were on the Third Mainland Bridge when a truck hit us from behind.
“I took her to my house on Olaleye Street, Somolu, around 12am. I went out to get her balm and some drugs. Unfortunately, she died. I was afraid of her father, who didn’t want to see us together. Also, I couldn’t report to the police, so I decided to put her body in a sack and dispose of it. When it was not going into the sack, I cut off her arms, head, legs and other parts.”A police source, however, told our correspondent that the private parts of the victim were missing, saying the suspect might not be acting alone.
Sherifat’s younger sister, Shakirat Kareem, said her sister was separated from the husband sometime in July 2016.
She said, “He told her that he was given a medicine which both of them must rub on their bodies before making love. My sister tricked him and secretly told another relative, who informed my father. My father ordered us to go and pack her luggage. That was how they separated.
“But four weeks ago, he called her on the telephone and said he wanted to see her, but my sister refused. I grabbed the phone from her and told him never to call her again.”