The operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have apprehended a suspect, Michael Mathew for allegedly stabbing his friend, Tobi Adeleke, to death while the deceased was trying to intervene in a dispute over money.
It was learnt that the duo in company of some other friends had gathered in their neighbourhood at about 11:00 pm on Saturday and tried to share some money given to them.
A fight reportedly broke out among the friends concerning how the money was to be shared. In the process of trying to make peace, Mathew allegedly used a broken bottle to stab Adeleke in the neck.
Punch reports that Adeleke was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital after which he was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, for treatment. He was later confirmed dead by a doctor on duty.
A friend of the deceased, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the deceased was an easy-going person who was a victim of a good deed. “I got back from work around 10:00 pm and I was outside my house when Matthew came and was acting weird. He was trying to play with me, but I told him to leave me alone because I was tired.
“After some time, I saw that a fight had broken out involving some of my friends. Before I got there, Matthew had stabbed Adeleke. Immediately I got to the scene of the incident, I quickly joined others to rush Adeleke to a nearby hospital where first-aid treatment was administered on him before he was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. He died at the hospital.
“I learnt that Adeleke was not part of those that were fighting, he was just trying to settle the dispute that ensued among some of them while they were trying to share money. He did not know that Matthew was holding a weapon.”
Commenting on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was ongoing.