A 19-year-old murder suspect says he only gave his victim one deadly blow leading to his death.
Reports in the Punch states that Abeokuta, Ogun State born Sabitu is being detained at the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, Lagos State, for allegedly killing Yusuf Sheu, during an altercation.
Sabitu explained that after the 38-year-old Sheu, an indigene of Kwara State slumped after the blow, he rushed him to two different hospitals before he died.
It was gathered that Sabitu and the late Sheu, both lived on Raji Fashola Road in the Imude-Shibiri area of Ojo, Otto Awori Local Council Development Area, Lagos, and the deadly fight broke out between them following a stolen phone.
It was learnt that the deceased had bought a phone from Sabitu which later discovered to have been stolen.
After the real owner took back his phone, the deceased was said to have demanded a refund of his money, which led to a fight and in the process, he was killed.
The matter was reported at the Ilemba Hausa Police Division, and the suspect was arrested before the matter was transferred to the SDCI.
The suspect who confessed to police detectives that he killed the victim, added that he acted in self-defence.
“We have known each other for about three years now. I am a vulcaniser, and he worked in a hotel. We lived within the same community. He used to drink a lot and he introduced me to a lot of bad things, like the tattoo in my arm.
He had stolen a woman’s phone and I saw him when he took it, but I didn’t say anything. He went and used the phone to borrow money from one of his friends in the area.
The owner of the phone, who had been looking for it, later saw it in the man’s hand and picked a fight. The man then explained how he came about the phone. The owner of the phone took it back, and Sheu was ordered to return the money he borrowed from the man.
He was angry and thought I was the one that exposed him. He came to meet me where I was and started punching me; I had to fight back. I only gave him a punch before he slumped to the ground. After he slumped, I took him to two hospitals but they rejected him.
After searching several hospitals in vain, I decided to return home. I saw his dead body in front of our house and some people started beating me. They drove the police away and were about lynching me when the Baale (community leader) came and drove them away. He took me to the police station.
My life is ruined because I made him my friend. It was just a blow that I gave him.”