Mba Chuks Stephen, a Public Administration and Local Government student of the University of Nigeria,Nsukka (UNN), has died after being stabbed by a fellow student over alleged non-payment of N200 electricity bill.
According to reports, the first class student who had just four weeks to graduation, was involved in fist fight with his lodge president, simply identified as Nnamdi, but popularly called Tiny, at their Alfred’s Lodge in Nsukka over an issue involving N200 for electricity.
Tiny, a third-year student of the Department of Combined Arts (English/Theatre and Film Studies) was said to have disconnected the deceased’s electricity line following his inability to pay the fine of N200 as agreed by the residents of the lodge for defaulting.
A resident of the lodge, Helen Okereke, who described the incident as unusual, unexpected and a brief moment of anger, lamented that it “ended up destroying a lot of things”.
Daniel Sunday, another resident, who narrated the incident, said the whole issue started last month when EEDC (Enugu Electricity Distribution Company) brought a bill for the lodgers, which they cleared, only to be told afterward that the bill they cleared was only that of those living in the first series of the lodge (downstairs) and not for the whole lodge.
“The lodge president then called for a meeting, where they all agreed to pay a sum of N1, 000 for a start,” he said
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police Command has commenced a full-scale investigation into the alleged murder.
State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said a suspect had been arrested over the incident, while the deceased’s body had been deposited at the mortuary.