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The late Stephen Urueye
The late Stephen Urueye

“Death Should Have Come For Me Instead,” Mother Of Slain LUTH Doctor Laments

Aderonke, the mother of Stephen Urueye, the LUTH resident doctor stabbed to death by armed robbers a few days ago, has lamented the death of her son. 

Funsho Akinwale

A gloomy atmosphere enveloped the household of Urueye in Omolade Osinowo Street, Mafoloku, Oshodi, over the gruesome murder of Stephen Urueye, a resident medical doctor at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos.

The home of the late doctor has literally become a Mecca of sorts with many sympathizers trooping in to commiserate with the family for their loss.

The 25-year-old, on the day of the unfortunate incident, was seeing off a friend around 9 pm when he was attacked by some bandits along a black spot area, a route known to be a haven for armed robbers.

The hoodlums, as we gathered, stabbed Stephen severally while trying to steal his valuable items, including phone, ATM card, money, and left him in his pool of blood.

He was later rushed to a nearby hospital by some good spirited Nigerians who saw him struggling to survive the attack.

But all efforts to save his life proved abortive, as Stephen died early Friday morning, leaving his friends, colleagues and family members in total devastation.

His mother, Aderonke, on receiving the news felt dejected and was inconsolable, asking for death to take her as she was seen rolling on the floor.

“My son was a gentle boy. Only a few people knew him on the street where we live because he was easy-going.

“I want to see the killers of my son and ask them what I did to deserve this type of thing from them,” she said.

Also speaking, one of his sisters said she wished Urueye was alive even if it meant losing one of his legs after that attack.

“He was inducted last December and had commenced his housemanship. He was supposed to finish in December 2019.

“He took the picture being circulated on social media during his induction.

He was a gentle and respectful brother. He was God-loving and brilliant. We will miss him a lot,” she said.

According to information reaching us, two suspected members of the gang in connection with Stephen’s death have been nabbed, while the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, for further investigation.

Urueye’s death is coming almost a week after the young promising Kolade Johnson was shot by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of Lagos State Police Command while watching a football match at a viewing centre in Onipetesi, Mangoro, Agege area of Lagos State.

The suspected uniformed men have been arrested and remanded in prison.