by Damilola Agekameh
Local bar owner, Obioma Dennis, 53, has admitted to killing one of his customers in front of his bar at Alausa, Lagos Mainland, out of anger.
According to him, the deceased and two of his friends who were smoking Indian hemp in front of his joint, had attacked him for rebuking them.
The suspect who is being detained at the Homicide section of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (SCIID), Panti Street, Yaba, under the watch of DCP Yetunde Longe, attributed his action to the handwork of one of his competitor and landlord who may have charmed him.
“I regret my action because the deceased is a young man I know. I stabbed him in anger,” he said.
Narrating how the drama started, he said he got three telephone calls from an unknown number on January 22, 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.
According to him, all efforts to make them desist from further smoking in front of his bar fell on deaf ears. “In 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 Ifeanyi 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 that 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.