A tricycle driver has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed his close friend to death during fight.
An 18-year-old boy, Emmanuel Jacob, has been murdered by his close friend, Benedict Ogheneorvo, a tricycle, (Keke) driver, in a tragic fight that brewed between them at Dejioworo Street, Alapere, Lagos State on May 18, 2015.
Reports have it that Ogheneorvo stabbed Jacob to death after the deceased, a reported cult member, had pressurised the 'Keke' driver to join him in the Eiye cult group.
Ogheneorvo, a 22-year-old Delta State indigene who is now in police detention, however said he killed Jacob in self defence:
"On Monday, on my way from work, I saw my friend, Emma. While we were exchanging greetings, he told me he wanted to drink, but I told him I did not have money to buy drinks because my tricycle was faulty, so I could not work. I told him if he has money, I would follow him.
We went to a nearby joint on our street. He bought a bottle of beer for me and also took same. While we were drinking and discussing, Emmanuel brought up an issue he has been disturbing me about for some time. It is about joining Eiye cult group. I turned him down as I have always done.
My refusal to be initiated has always caused a rift between me and Emmanuel. While we were still discussing and, maybe as a result of the drink he had taken, he pushed me, I also pushed him and we started fighting.
People thought we were joking because they know we are friends. When Emmanuel discovered his strength could not match mine, he picked an iron and attempted to stab me.
I collected the iron from him and stabbed him with it in the neck. He fell and I rushed to him to three different hospitals, but he was rejected. He gave up and the police came and arrested me."
But the deceased mother, Mary Jacob, debunked Benedict’s claim, saying it was even the suspect that had tried to lure her son into the cult group.
She alleged that the matter was brought before her pastor who discouraged Emmanuel from such act and advised him to stay away from friends Ogheneorvo, maintaining her son was never a culprit:
"I was not there, but an eyewitness told me that Benedict asked Emmanuel to follow him to a place where they drink. Emma did and when he tried to leave because it was getting late, Benedict would not let him.
He tried to collect my son’s cap but my son refused to let go. Benedict started beating my son. He picked an iron and stabbed Emma with it. I feel it is an intentional act and Benedict should be punished accordingly.
Since he killed my son, he should also face the consequence of his actions."