Police operatives attached to the Lagos State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (SCIID), have arrested a 53-year-old bar owner, Obioma Dennis, for allegedly stabbing one of his customers to death out of anger.
Explaining how the incident happened while being paraded, Dennis told newsmen that he got three telephone calls from an unknown numbers on January 22, 2020, being the day of the unfortunate incident.
He rushed to his bar located at No. 17, Jogosimi Street, Alausa, Ikeja, which is opposite his residence, only to see the deceased, one Ifeanyi and two others smoking substances suspected to be Indian hemp in front of his bar.
Dennis said all efforts to make them desist from further smoking in front of his bar fell on deaf ears.
According to the suspect, an argument ensued after he challenged them, leading to a fight that resorted to him stabbing the deceased. He said:
“In a rage, I grabbed hold of the chair they were sitting on, which is mine and threw it inside my shop. While I was inside my shop, one of the guys who I later identified as Emeka started destroying my electronic appliances.
”He smashed my television. To save what was left of my belongings, I pushed him out of my shop. The next thing I saw was that Ifeayi grabbed a bottle of beer and smashed it on my head.
“I ran into the inner part of the shop where we prepare food. I grabbed one of the kitchen knives and stabbed Ifeanyi on his chest. He fell down in a pool of blood holding his chest.
“I regret my action now because Ifeanyi is like my younger brother. I contributed cash when his father died three years ago. If I was not gripped by anger, I don’t think I would see myself killing anyone” he said.
The police said the suspect was arrested and detained at Alausa Police Station, but the case was later transferred to SCIID, Panti for elaborate investigation.
It is a clear case of culpable homicide. The case would be charged to court at the end of investigation, the police said.