Man stabs friend to death over N2500 debt in Lagos

Tragedy struck at Oko Oba area of Lagos State when a man identified as Taiwo Badejo allegedly stabbed his friend, identified simply as Monday, to death over N2,500 debt on Friday, May 17.


It was gathered that Badejo and Monday were arguing over the money when the argument degenerated into a fight between them. 


A resident, Tope Ajise, who lives on Egbatedo Street along the Old Oko Oba area where the incident took place, told Punch that people tried to intervene but the issue only escalated. 


Ajise said, “It started just as arguments a night before Friday until we heard in the morning that he (Taiwo) had stabbed Monday. It was just because of N2,500. 


“He borrowed the money from Monday, and the man came to ask for his money. That was how he picked a knife and stabbed him. The man could not make it, he bled till death. I know the suspect to be a twin, he bears the name, Taiwo.” 


Another resident, who gave his name simply as Taofeek, said the culprit was one of the guys who sat around in the area and had no “serious source of income.” 


“They just move around, tax people, eat and that’s all,” Taofeek said. 


“There are so many people like that in this area with no tangible source of income. So, when you hear of issues like this, you can first trace it to joblessness. You know an idle hand, they say, is the devil’s workshop,” he added. 


Another resident said Taiwo was immediately arrested by security operatives of the Yoruba vigilante organisation, the Oodua People’s Congress. 


The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident. The PPRO said the suspect had been arrested and the police were investigating.


“The suspect’s name is Taiwo Badejo. He has been arrested. The case is now at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti,” the police spokesman told Punch.

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