A Lagos based cook has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his close friend to death for reporting him to the police.
One Daniel Okorie, a cook, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly killing his close friend, Onyeka Jackson, in the Iyana Isashi area of the state, because Jackson had reported him to the police for beating up a female customer, Punch reports.
It was gathered that Okorie was angry with Jackson for telling on him and stabbed the victim on the neck when he visited the suspect’s apartment at Clinic Bus Stop, Iyana Isashi.
The sad incident allegedly happened at around 6.30am on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 and was reported at the Isashi Police Division, who launched a manhunt for the fleeing suspect.
Okorie, an indigene of Ebonyi State, and the deceased Jackson, worked as cooks in the Ijanikin area and a week before the incident, the suspect had beaten up the female customer and the woman reported the incident at a police station.
Okorie was said to have fled the store while the policemen, who launched a manhunt for him, arrested Jackson and asked him to produce his friend.
When Jackson left the police station, he headed for Okorie’s rented apartment on the fateful day and told him to report himself to the police, but that appeal allegedly infuriated Okorie and an argument ensued between them, leading to the suspect grabbing a knife and stabbing his colleague who later died in an hospital where he was rushed to.
A neighbour of the suspect told Punch:
“They both worked in a store in Ijanikin. They have another store in Iyana Era area. Sometime last week, Daniel (Okorie) beat up a woman, who was one of their customers. The woman went to the police station to report.
When the policemen came, Daniel had run away. So, the policemen arrested Jackson when they could not find Okorie. When Jackson was released, the first place he went to was Daniel’s place, warning him to turn himself in to the police.
Daniel became angry, thinking that it was his friend who reported him to the police. An argument ensued and he stabbed him with a knife. He lost a lot of blood. He stabbed him in three places.”
But Okorie who is being detained at the State Department of Criminal Investigations, Panti, Yaba, denied killing his friend for going to the police station.
“Some minutes after I got home, Onyeka (Jackson) came to my house and started hitting my door. We had a disagreement in our place of work. I got a knife to threaten him to leave my house. I did not know the knife would hit him. I did not mean to kill him.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest, adding that the corpse of the deceased had been deposited in a morgue in Badagry.
“There was a fight between the friends and Jackson was stabbed to death. The suspect has been arrested and the exhibit has also been recovered.
The corpse was deposited at the morgue of the Badagry General Hospital for an autopsy. Meanwhile, investigation is ongoing.”