Mechanic stabs friend to death for urinating near shop

A witness described the suspect's rage as almost demonic

A man murders friend in Lagos

A man simply identified as Oshare has stabbed his friend, Rasta and injured others at the park of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners Berger, Mile 2 area of Lagos over the victim urinating near his shop.

Oshare, reportedly challenged the deceased for messing up the spot, said to be a few steps from his shop. As Rasta tried to calm him, he reportedly slapped him.

He grabbed two bottles and stabbed his friend in the neck, also including others who tried to caution him.

Rasta bled from his injury and was rushed to the hospital where he died before he could receive medical attention.

A trader, Mrs. Ufom Benedict, said she tried in vain to intervene in the matter when Oshare rushed into her shop, looking for a knife.

She said, “Both of them are mechanics and friends. He confronted Rasta for urinating near his shop and it led to a fight. Oshare rushed to my shop with two bottles in his hands, asking me to give him a knife. He was so angry that he was shaking. I pleaded with him to let peace reign, but he refused and left when I did not give him the knife.

“He chased Rasta around the park until he stabbed him to death in the neck and back. He also attacked those who wanted to collect the bottles from him. I have never witnessed such thing before. It was as if he was possessed.”

Speaking on the matter, the Chairman of the park, Mr. Martins Animashaun, said allowing traders into the park also contributed to the incident. He added that miscreants had turned the park into a hideout.

He said, “There was problem between two friends. Along the line, one died and the other one was rushed to the hospital. They are not our members. I was in the office yesterday (Tuesday) when I saw people running around and I called the police. They are still investigating the matter.

“Here is a state government-owned park and it is porous. If it is secured, we can manage people inside it. When we leave in the evening, some miscreants come here to sleep. This place is solely earmarked for a park, but along the line, the local government allowed traders into the park and turned it into a market. The more people come in, the more the problem we have. We want this park to be sanitised.”

The body of the deceased has been deposited in a morgue according to a police spokesperson.

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