Lagos factory worker kills friend for 300 naira and flees

A factory worker, Toheeb Kilani, has gone into hiding after allegedly stabbing his colleague, Emmanuel Ojo, to death during a dispute over N300 in Mushin area, Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro understood that the duo were returning from somewhere when they boarded a motorbike to drive to Kilani’s residence in Asabi Street, Mushin.

After the motorcyclist carried Ojo and Kilani to their destination, he received payments from the friends and gave them N300 currency to split between them.

However, in the process of dividing the money, it caused an argument that escalated into a fight. During the scuffle, Kilani pulled out a box cutter and allegedly used it to stab Ojo in the neck.

After carrying out the crime, Kilani fled the scene, abandoning the victim, who was unconscious and bleeding on the ground.

It was learned that good Samaritans rushed Ojo to a nearby hospital where the doctor on duty pronounced him dead upon arrival.

Ojo’s corpse was later handed over to officers from Olosan Police Station.

While visiting the area, an apprentice, Stanley Ufon, said the cause of the fight was N300, adding that the fight started after they got off the motorbike.

Ufon said, “The motorcyclist didn’t have change so he gave them N300 to split between them and left. The money caused an argument and they started to fight.

“One of the two pulled out a box cutter and stabbed the other person. The suspect realized what he had done and fled but we tried to rush the victim to hospital, but he died on the way.”

An outlet operator in the area, who only gave his name as Collins, said the boys were close friends who worked at a factory on Fatai-Atere Street, Mushin, adding that efforts by the people to separate them proved abortive.

“After stabbing his friend, he returned home and was later informed that his injured friend had died after drinking water,” Collins said.

An elderly woman, who sells alcoholic drinks packaged in sachets, spoke to our correspondent but declined to give her name for security reasons, noting that people in the neighborhood initially thought Kilani and Ojo were playing together.

She said: “My neighbor thought they were playing but when it got difficult she asked them to leave her shop premises.

“Soon after, she saw one of them lying on the ground motionless and the other boy ran away. She got closer and realized that the boy lying on the ground had been stabbed in the neck and bleeding. The boy died.

When contacted, state police public relations officer SP Benjamin Hundenyin said efforts were underway to apprehend the fleeing suspect.

He said: “The incident happened around 1pm in Ashabi Street, Mushin, where a fight broke out between Toheeb Kilani and 20-year-old Emmanuel Ojo.

“They had a misunderstanding and Kilani stabbed Ojo with an object and he collapsed. Ojo was rushed to General Hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

“The suspect has escaped and efforts to apprehend him are still ongoing.”

PUNCH Metro reported instances of misunderstandings escalating into scuffles that claimed the lives of state residents.

Recently, on a Monday, Nnime was arrested for allegedly stabbing his brother, John, to death during a misunderstanding at the N1500 border.

Reacting to these developments, a psychologist, Dr. Matthew Olasupo, said that conflict must inevitably occur in a relationship, adding that each party involved in a conflict must be ready to change ground to reach a win-win solution. to solve the problem.

He said: “There will be no lasting peace if either side thinks of winning everything. To achieve a quick and amicable resolution in the event of a dispute, the parties must have the desire to think about the win-win solution where each party involved must be willing to change ground a little.

“Having the above basic understanding will go a long way in helping society resolve conflicts that lead to loss of life and property.”

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